Arctic air on the wayPublished 9:52am Friday, January 3, 2014
Sub-zero wind chills could be in the future for Hartselle and Morgan County next week, as a blast of Arctic air will drop temperatures below freezing for nearly three consecutive days.
While temperatures are expected to drop into the teens and low 20s Friday and Saturday mornings, National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Carcione said temperatures are expected to drop even further.
In fact, the temperature is expected drop below freezing Sunday and will stay that way until Wednesday.
“Right now, we’re forecasting a low temperature of seven or eight degrees Tuesday morning,” Carcione said. “It won’t get much better during the daytime either. We will have a prolonged period of time where the temperatures will be below freezing. We will only get into the mid-20s for high temperatures on Monday and Tuesday.”
While Tuesday’s record low temperature of five degrees may not be in danger, Carcione said the record lowest maximum of 25 could be in jeopardy.
However, the wind chill could be one of the worst on record.
“This is definitely the coldest weather we have seen since the 2011 snowstorm and the 2010 cold snap,” Carcione said. “The wind chill could drop as low as 10 below zero on Tuesday. I can’t ever remember the wind chill getting that low in the 10 years that I’ve been here.”
If the wind chill gets that low, Carcione said the weather service would issue a wind chill warning.
Carcione also encouraged residents to protect exposed pipes against freezing. He also encouraged residents to wear layers of clothing to prepare for the cold.
“Make sure that exposed skin is protected,” Carcione said. “It will not take long for frostbite to set in when it gets this cold.”
He also encouraged residents to have a winter emergency kit in your car, including blankets, extra batteries and a car charger.
Temperatures are expected to moderate at the end of next week, but Carcione said that won’t be the last of the cold weather.
“It’s possible that we could see more cold weather before the end of the season,” Carcione said.