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A strong blast of arctic air has arrived in Montana and North Dakota, dropping temperatures near or below zero for about 10 days, according to weather forecasters throughout the area.

And it may not be leaving the area until mid-February.

With wind chill factored in, the temperatures are even lower, dropping to nearly minus 50 degrees in some areas.

In Montana, while much of the brunt of the cold weather is following the I-90 corridor through the state, eastern Montana will still be hit with sub-zero temperatures

According to forecasters, the dangerous cold will settle in through the work week with some daytime highs in the single digits and low teens.

By Sunday night, the temperature had dropped to minus 23 degrees. According to forecasters, it would not be above zero for a night-time low until Feb. 17.

Overnight lows will be in the single digits above and below for much of the week. Thursday and Friday have been designated as weather alert days. Thursday will be the coldest day with high temperatures remaining a degree or two below zero across some sections of Montana.

The extreme cold will be dangerous for newborn livestock, pets, children and any planned outdoor activities.

North Dakota

As for southwest North Dakota, the region was under a wind chill advisory through Tuesday, according to the Bismarck office of the National Weather Service.

As part of the advisory, the NWS warned that the threat of frostbite was severe. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as ten minutes.

Saturday evening, Bowman area had a wind chill of minus 38 degrees, while Dickinson had a minus 42. The lowest wind chill in North Dakota was in Bottineau (-53 degrees).

By Sunday, temperatures had climbed to 0 degrees in the Bowman area – but with wind chill, it was a minus 22 degrees.

But predictions say it will be much colder by Friday (Feb. 12) – with an expected minus 41 degrees forecast.

The NWS had also stated that the dangerous wind chills to 40 below zero are likely through at least Tuesday morning, and possibly continuing through the rest of the upcoming week.

The forecast for Bowman County and the surrounding region is for the weather to warm up – briefly – to the low 30s by Feb. 18.

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