Subzero Wind Chill Expected Monday Night, Big Snow Storm on Tap Later in the Week?

Published Monday, January 18, 2016 at 11:51 am
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Some pics of the High Country on Monday morning. Photos by Ken Ketchie

By Jesse Wood

Tonight will mark the coldest period of the winter season so far with a low of 3 degrees forecasted, according to RaysWeather.com, which also notes high winds and subzero wind chill.

“The coldest weather of the season is the big story today,” RaysWeather.com posted in its forecast discussion on Monday. “Adding a gusty northwest wind gives us wind chills in the single digits and down into the negative teens on mountaintops. Subtract another 10 degrees from those temperatures and windchills tonight.”

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory that will expire at noon on Tuesday. Wind chill readings are expected to be as low as negative 15 degrees on Monday night as winds will gust up to 35 mph.

The National Weather Service warns that if precautions aren’t taken these cold temperatures can lead to hypothermia and frostbite if you venture outdoors without the proper clothing.

On Saturday morning, everyone in the High Country woke up to the first real snow of the season, a snow that kids could actually play in. According to various reports, two to three inches fell on the mountaintops over the weekend.

The sustaining cold temps and natural snow on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend were a blessing for the ski resorts after enduring record-warm temperatures during the Christmas holiday and no previous snowstorms to write home about.

“What a fantastic holiday weekend!” Appalachian Ski Mtn. posted on its Facebook page yesterday morning.

And as Talia Freeman of Beech Mountain Resort noted, “It is cold today, but at least it’s sunny.”

And what looks even sunnier for the resorts is much more snow in the forecast.

“A powerful low builds in Texas Thursday. Details regarding it’s path across the Southeast remain to be determined, and the details will be crucial because we will be near the divide between all snow (north) and a snow/mix/snow showers scenario (south). At this point, we think mostly snow for most of NW NC. If it is all snow, you may need more than a ruler to measure the final product. Snow begins Thursday afternoon, is heaviest Thursday night into Friday, then changes to snow showers Friday night into Saturday morning. Stay tuned!” RaysWeather.com noted in its forecast.

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