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State Fairgrounds, Sunday, January 20, 2019. (Photo: Kelly Wilkinson / Indystar)

This winter has taken Hoosiers on a wild journey so far.

At first it was unusually mild and the temperature reached a peak of 60 degrees this month.

Then there were sudden drops in temperature and two blizzards that covered the city with fresh powder.

Well, we can look forward to some ridiculously cold temperatures from the middle of next week.

As of Wednesday, the peak is expected to be in the single-digit range, with an overnight low, according to Crystal Pettet , a meteorologist at the National Meteorological Service, far below zero. And that does not explain the wind shower, which she said could be -15 to -30 degrees.

"We're going to have a lot of pressure … that's going to pour all the cold air that's mostly bottled in Canada into the Great Lakes and make their way to the eastern US," Pettet said.

The extremely cold weather will likely continue until Friday, according to Pettet.

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"Make sure you limit the time outside, and avoid going outside during the coldest time," she said If you're going anywhere, make sure you have some kind of cold weather in the car if you're stranded somewhere. "

It also recommends that you check if your heating systems are working properly and make arrangements to This will prevent freezer pipes, including trickling water from a faucet.

"People should be prepared to be dangerously cold for a few days in a row," said Pettet.

Kellie Hwang is a reporter for IndyStar. You can send her an e-mail to kellie.hwang@indystar.com. Follow her on Twitter: @KellieHwang.

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