SIOUX CITY | Sue Craney offered some sage advice while walking along Sixth Street in downtown Sioux City Tuesday afternoon.
"Got to know how to bundle up," the Sioux City woman said.
A bitter cold front left much of Siouxland shivering as wind chill values dipped below zero throughout the day. Along with deep freeze-like conditions, the tri-state region faces more snowfall later in the week.
Brad Temeyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, said single-digit high temps Tuesday were at least 20 degrees below normal.
"Sioux City's high should be around 30 degrees and the low should be around 10," Temeyer said. "So after a relatively mild December, this sudden cold front probably came as quite a shock to the system for many people."
Wednesday might actually be considered a bit of a warm-up since temperatures will likely stay at around 9 throughout the day and night.
However, Temeyer warned Wednesday night's gusty southeast winds will bring in a 60 percent chance for snow.
"People in Northwest Iowa can see as much as 2 to 3 inches of snow from this system," he said. "In Sioux City, people should expect less than an inch of new snow accumulation."
The snow system will move out of the area fairly quickly. Thursday will bring partly sunny skies and a high near 20.
Colder temperatures and a 60 percent chance for snow will return on Friday. An overnight low of 6 below is in the forecast and Sioux City may see a light dusting of snow before the system leaves the area Saturday morning.
"People will see some of the white stuff on the ground on Saturday," Temeyer said. "But there will be very little accumulation from this system."
The real news for the weekend will come from wind chill values that may dip to 30 below early Sunday morning, making for bitterly cold New Year's Eve celebrations.
"The last time Siouxland has seen wind chills that low was in December 2016," Temeyer said. "Chances are we'll be saying goodbye to 2017 on a very cold note."