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Jumper cables were a key piece of equipment today in Decatur and Adams County as the coldest temperatures of the season settled in.
The Decatur weather station recorded a low of 4 above this morning, but continued brisk winds made it feel much colder, with wind-chill readings dropping to as much as 16 below.
At 7 a.m, both the local weather station and the Fort Wayne office of the National Weather Service (NWS) had a 4 above reading. The Fort Wayne NWS was registering winds at 18 mph out of the west, producing the 16-below chill.
The high in Decatur on Monday was 18 degrees.
There is no hope for any immediate relief as the area remains under a wind chill advisory and hazardous weather outlook.
Sunny skies were on tap here today, but the high will make it only to around 11 degrees, forecasters said, with wind-chill readings remaining around minus-10 to minus-15 as winds continue out of the west at 15 mph, with gusts up to 20 mph.
Tonight's low is seen dipping to around 3 above, with chill readings around 10 below as winds fall back to around 10 mph.
Wednesday's high is forecast to climb into the upper teens, but the low is likely to be only around 8 as wind chills stay around 10 below throughout the day and night.
Slightly warmer readings are predicted for this area on Thursday — when the weather bureau says there will be a 60 percent chance of snow after midnight!