Wind Chill Warning - Dangerously Cold Outside

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Monday, January 6, 2014 - 05:37 AM

It’s a dangerously cold start to the work week.  The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning.  That means we could experience temperatures that feel like 40 degrees below zero.  With those types of conditions frost bite and hypothermia are a real possibility if you go outside and are not dressed properly.  Due to the quick drop in temps Monday morning some of the rain on area roads is flash frozen which is resulting in slick spots. Take your time on your morning commute. The Ohio Department of Transportation in district 5 reports it has 80 snow plows treating roads in our area.

 

TODAY: Cloudy. Few Snow Flurries. Windy. High Early 20 Then Falling. Wind Chill Values -10 to -20

TONIGHT: Mostly Cloudy. Bitterly Cold. Low -10. Wind Chills  -25 to -40

TOMORROW: Partly Sunny. Bitterly Cold. High 5. Wind Chills -20 to -35

 

**WIND CHILL WARNING**

In effect for the entire region from Monday at 1 PM to 10 AM on Wednesday.

**Winter Weather Advisory**

In effect for the entire region until 4 PM this afternoon.

 

DISCUSSION:

The arctic cold front has passed through SE Ohio earlier this morning. This will allow the bitterly cold air to spill into the Ohio Valley throughout the day. Our highs will be very early this morning, as temperatures will continue to drop throughout the day. I expect most if not all of SE Ohio will be in the single digits by the late morning. Along with the dropping temperatures, winds will be fairly strong as well. Causing wind chill values to drop into the -15 to -25 range by the end of the afternoon. If you have to be outside today, make sure to cover as much skin as possible. Frostbite can occur in a matter of 5 minutes with these conditions. Skies will be generally cloudy, along with some snow flurries during the morning. Less than an inch of accumulation expected.

The coldest air will arrive during the overnight, where lows will be in the -5 to -15 degree range across SE Ohio. Wind Chill values will drop as well into the -25 to -40 degree range, which prompted the wind chill warning. Make sure loved ones and pets have a warm indoor place to be during the overnight. Frostbite can occur in under 5 minutes with these bitterly cold temperatures.

Highs on Tuesday will be the coldest of the season, with mid single digits for most. Wind chill values will still be very cold once again. Expect -20 to -35 values throughout the day. We also will see some sun, but we will see a good bit of clouds once again.

Temperatures will moderate as we head into the end of the work week. Highs on Friday will be near 40!

Have a Great Monday and Stay WARM!

 

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