On Tuesday, the National Weather Service out of Topeka issued a wind chill advisory for Manhattan and the surrounding area. Manhattan will be on the edge of a cold front coming through from the northeast. The worst of the front will hit other parts of the Midwest.
“Frigid wind chill values of 15 below zero to around 25 below zero are expected tonight into Wednesday morning generally along and northeast of a line from Belleville to Manhattan to Emporia,” the report states. “As a result, Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for those locations starting at 9 PM this evening.”
Brandon Drake, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said the wind chill in Manhattan could reach 13 below zero, a temperature at which frostbite can take hold in about 30 minutes. Drake said students should keep their cell phones fully charged and wear lots of layers if they need to go outside.
“Plenty of warm clothes is what you want to focus on,” Drake said. “If you don’t have to go outside in those early-morning or late-night hours, you should probably avoid it if you can.”
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Kansas State encouraged students on Facebook in need of winter accessories such as hats, gloves and scarves to visit Cats’ Cupboard, the food pantry in the basement of Fairchild Hall.
The Wind Chill Advisory will remain in effect until noon Wednesday.