Dangerous cold conditions move through Lincoln

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- Temperatures plummeted overnight to record levels in Lincoln, and the bitter cold continued Wednesday afternoon.

At 5 a.m. the thermometer dropped to -17 degrees beating the old record low of -15 set back in 1924.

Winds have been calm for most of the morning in Lincoln, but as winds speeds gradually increase to 10-15 mph by this afternoon, frostbite will certainly be a threat as only a 5 mph wind couple with temperatures this cold can make it feel like it's 30 below.

Any exposed skin can experience frost bite in as little as 30 minutes, as heat gets transferred from the body to its surrounding.

For that reason, the National Weather Service has a Wind Chill Advisory in effect until 10 for potential wind chills between -20 to -30 degrees.

Even though temperatures are only expected to rise into the mid to upper single digits, the effects of wind chill will not be as critical as they are through the morning.

A warmer temperature regime will take place providing a break from the arctic cold on Thursday as reading climb into the low to mid 20s.

Don't get too comfortable as another arctic bast is forecasted to plunge Lincoln back into the deep freeze for the New Years weekend, the degree of which is yet to be determined.

Some forecast models are hinting at comparable morning temps in the subzero teens by Monday morning while others are not as cold, but for now, New Years revelers should plan for at least below zero mornings and single digit afternoons.