If you’re headed out tonight to take in a New Year’s Eve ball drop, there’s one basic wardrobe hurdle to overcome: Can you fit a snowsuit over your outfit?
And can you do a proper midnight toast wearing snowmobile gloves?
The Arctic air mass that’s kept the last week bitterly cold in Michigan isn’t letting up as we cross into 2018.
For any outdoor revelers tonight, the biggest factor will be dangerously low wind chills in some parts of the state.
In West Michigan and parts of the northern Lower Peninsula, those numbers are forecast to drop to -5 to -15 degrees tonight, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids.
In Southeast Michigan, as temperatures quickly fall below zero after sunset, wind chills are expected to drop below -15 degrees, according to the NWS in Detroit/Pontiac. A wind chill advisory is set to begin for the region at 9 p.m. tonight. By Monday morning, wind chills are expected to be around 20 degrees below zero.
In some parts of the Upper Peninsula, wind chills tonight could drop to -35 degrees.
If you are outside tonight, even for a little while, watch for frostbite. Your skin can be damaged in as less than 30 minutes in these conditions.
Just remember to pull your facemask down for that midnight smooch and celebratory sip. Otherwise that gets a little awkward.