SIDNEY - Brutal cold temperatures arrive Friday and stick around through early next week, according to the National Weather Service offices in Cheyenne and North Platte.

The weather service says the cold air outbreak will drop wind chills as low as 30 to 50 below zero. Wind chill warnings have been issued beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and lasting until Tuesday morning for the Nebraska Panhandle, southeast Wyoming and northeast Colorado. 

WeatherEye Meteorologist Mike Karow discussed the bitter cold forecast with Hunter Arterburn on Thursday morning on 987 The Big Boy and Cheyenne County Country. Listen to the full interview by pushing "play" in this story above. 

The wind chill warnings stretch across the entire state of Nebraska, into South Dakota and Kansas. A winter storm warning is in effect for eastern Nebraska from 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon through 9 p.m. Friday. Four to seven more inches of snow is forecast for Lincoln and Omaha.

Closer to the Nebraska Panhandle, there will be two rounds of snowfall. The first round of winter weather advisory headlines are for areas along the Pine Ridge and northern panhandle. Round two will include additional chances of snow along the I-80 and I-25 corridors. One to four inches of snow is forecast.

Snow overspreads the Sandhills through Thursday night, resulting in generally light accumulations near and north of Highway 2, according to the weather service. North winds will be gusty at times, which could blow and drift the snow in open areas.

The NWS says be prepared for slick roads and reduced visibility. Frostbite can develop in as little as five minutes on exposed skin.

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