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Frigid and dangerously cold temps are headed to Iowa this weekend. It's going to be so cold this weekend and next week that we could see wind chill values down into the -20's or even worse. Yeah, that cold.

Because extreme cold temperatures are on the way, we have some pro tips to keep you, your loved ones, and your pets safe. Before we give you some tips to prepare for the bitter cold, here is what the National Weather Service (NWS) in the Quad Cities is forecasting for the weekend and into next week.

National Weather Service of the Quad Cities

After Thursday's storm, temperatures have significantly dropped due to a cold front that followed that storm. This cold front is bringing arctic winds that are pushing into our area causing extremely cold temperatures.

See your 7-day forecast according to the National Weather Service below to see what we are expecting in Cedar Rapids in regards to snow and frigid temperatures:

      • Tonight
      • Mostly clear, with a low around -3. Wind chill values as low as -20.
      • Saturday
      • Snow likely. High near 6. Wind chill values as low as -20.
      • Saturday Night
      • Partly Cloudy. Low around -13. Wind chill values as low as -25.
      • Sunday
      • Mostly Cloudy and cold, with a high near 2.

We're not expected to climb out of the single digits, for highs, until at least Friday. At least.

The NWS of the Quad Cities actually has a chart that shows you the amount of time you can be outside, depending on the air temperature and wind speed, before frostbite will set in.

National Weather Service of the Quad Cities

If Saturday Night's forecast holds up, you will only have about 30 minutes of being outdoors before frostbite will set in. The best piece of advice we can give is STAY INSIDE!

Below are tips to keep you safe when temperatures get dangerously cold here. Make sure you download our free app to keep up to date on the weather as our journey through winter continues.

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