Afternoon forecast: Cold, about to get colder

Staff Reports • Updated Jan 27, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Temperatures are expected to steadily drop into the single digits Monday afternoon and into the evening, according to National Weather Service forecasters and Capt. Steve Spencer with the Wilson Emergency Management Agency.

Monday afternoon will be partly sunny with a high near 23 degrees and north winds around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

The low is expected to be around 9 degrees with wind chill values as low as negative-5 degrees. Skies will be mostly cloudy with north winds between 10 mph-15 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph.

“As you may have noticed the temperature outside is dropping,” Spencer said. “This will continue throughout the day as more arctic air pushes down into the region. The coldest day of the week will be Tuesday, and the lowest low will be Tuesday night when temperatures will drop to near zero. We are currently under a wind advisory, and beginning at midnight tonight until noon Tuesday, we will be under a wind chill advisory with wind chills dropping to negative-15 degrees. We should climb back above freezing sometime Thursday.

“Don't forget to take extra precautions for the next few days as the arctic air will create dangerously cold conditions for anyone working outside, as well as pets.”

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