Snow emergency declared, schools, businesses close as wind chills could dip near -40

Wednesday afternoon forecast for the Tri-State

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Bundle up, Tri-State. The bitterly cold Arctic air continues to push it’s way through the midwest Wednesday morning with some areas experiencing wind chills as low as 40 below zero.

Kenton County, Kentucky issued a Level One Snow Emergency that went into effect at 8 a.m.

Officials say due to the extreme temperatures, the product they use to treat the roads is only ‘minimally effective.’

Hundreds of schools, businesses and churches shut their doors for Wednesday due to the dangerously cold temperatures.

The high for Wednesday is only 6 degrees.

Slick spots will be the main concern for morning commuters, especially on side or secondary roads due to late-night snow bursts. Accumulation across the Tri-State is minor around 1 inch or less.

The problem with the roads is that temperatures dropped so quickly that the roads froze and glazed over, so give yourself extra time on the roads.

Snow Squalls began popping up across the Tri-State Wednesday morning prompting a ‘snow squall warning’ that lasted until 10 a.m.

Snow Squall

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Throughout the day, wind chills will be between 30 and 40 below in wide open areas, most areas will experience wind chills as low as 20 and 30 below widespread.

Wind Chill Warning

Southeastern Indiana


  • Butler
  • Clinton
  • Hamilton
  • Warren

The Wind Chill Warning will last until 7 p.m. Wednesday. A Wind Chill Advisory will take effect from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday for the entire Tri-State.

Temperatures will again plummet Wednesday night thanks to clear skies: they’re expected to be around -3.

For perspective, The coldest wind chill in Cincinnati history was -48 degrees on Jan. 20, 1985 at 9 a.m.

The record low temperature for Jan. 30 is -12 degrees and the record cold high is 3 degrees; both of those records were set in 1966. The windchill that morning was -34 degrees.

January 1977 was Cincinnati’s coldest month ever. Wind chills were below zero for 79 consecutive hours. Wind chill temperatures stayed below zero for 41 consecutive hours in January 2014.

Don’t worry Tri-Staters, relief is on the way. A high of 19 degrees Thursday doesn’t sound warm, but it is warmer than Wednesday’s high of 6 degrees.

Snow showers are expected Thursday night into Friday morning causing slick roads.

Temperatures will soar back up to the mid 40s and low 50s on Sunday.

An overall warm up takes us close to 60 degrees in the Tri-State by next week.

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