Prepare for dangerously cold temperatures and snow squalls as the polar vortex affects the weather in Central New York.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning for Central New York, including the cities of Utica, Rome, Boonville, Oneida, Hamilton, and Syracuse. The warning covers Oneida County, Madison, Herkimer, Hamilton, Chenango, Onondaga, Schuyler, and Broome Counties.

Snow squalls are also expected today, which could make driving dangerous at times.

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The NWS advises that we can expect to see subzero wind chills most of the time today through Thursday night. The most dangerous wind chills will happen this evening through Thursday morning, and be in the range of  -20 to -35 F.

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...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON
TO 6 PM EST THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Dangerously cold wind chills expected. Wind chills of 20
below to 30 below zero expected. Wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph this
afternoon.

* WHEN...Wind Chill Warning from 2 PM this afternoon to 6 PM EST
Thursday. Lowest wind chills this evening through Thursday
morning.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The cold wind chills could cause
frostbite on exposed skin within 30 minutes.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air and
the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Frostbite
can occur quickly and even hypothermia or death if precautions
are not taken.

Stay indoors. If you must go out, limit your time outside and
dress in layers.