Local meteorologists and the National Weather Service have been warning us for a few days that nasty cold temperatures were headed our way this week. If you were hoping that would change at the last minute, as the weather so frequently does, I have some bad news for you.

The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for most of southern Illinois, southwestern Indiana, and western Kentucky beginning at midnight Wednesday and ending at noon the same day. Just how cold will it feel? Is -10 to -20 below zero cold enough for you?

Here's the full advisory from the National Weather Service:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Paducah KY
307 AM CST Tue Jan 29 2019

ILZ075>078-080>091-INZ081-082-085>088-KYZ014-015-018>020-MOZ076-
086-087-292230-
/O.CON.KPAH.WC.Y.0001.190130T0600Z-190130T1800Z/
Jefferson-Wayne IL-Edwards-Wabash-Perry IL-Franklin-Hamilton-
White-Jackson-Williamson-Saline-Gallatin-Union-Johnson-Pope-
Hardin-Gibson-Pike-Posey-Vanderburgh-Warrick-Spencer-Union KY-
Webster-Henderson-Daviess-McLean-Perry MO-Bollinger-
Cape Girardeau-
Including the cities of Mount Vernon, Fairfield, Albion,
Mount Carmel, Pinckneyville, West Frankfort, McLeansboro, Carmi,
Carbondale, Murphysboro, Herrin, Harrisburg, Shawneetown,
Jonesboro, Vienna, Golconda, Elizabethtown, Fort Branch,
Petersburg, Poseyville, Evansville, Boonville, Rockport,
Morganfield, Dixon, Henderson, Owensboro, Calhoun, Perryville,
Marble Hill, Cape Girardeau, and Jackson
307 AM CST Tue Jan 29 2019

...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO
NOON CST WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as
10 to 20 below zero likely.

* WHERE...Portions of southwest Indiana, southeast Missouri,
western Kentucky and southern Illinois, north of a line from
Marble Hill Missouri, to Vienna Illinois to Calhoun Kentucky.

* WHEN...From midnight Tuesday night to noon CST Wednesday.

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

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will
combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can
occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and
gloves.

[Source: National Weather Service]