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Arctic Blast forces bitter wind chills and near-record temperatures to round out the week

Arctic Blast forces bitter wind chills and near-record temperatures to round out the week

Our next weather maker comes in the form of an Arctic blast that will send wind chills below zero in spots through Friday, and put temperatures near record levels by Saturday morning.

For those that have seen a light snow on Thursday, expect some icy patches on the roads into Friday. That's just part of why there are school schedule changes on Friday.

For the latest road conditions, be sure to check your state's respective sites listed below.

smartway.tn.gov/traffic

http://www.511virginia.org

https://www.ncdot.gov/travel/511

http://kytc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.htm

Otherwise, the more widespread story will be the bitter winter chill. For the latest wind chill alerts, be sure to check the alerts section of our website.

In the valleys, the combination of gusty winds and cold air may make it feel close to (if not below) zero at any time through mid-day Friday.

Higher elevations could even feel like -10° if the winds get gusty enough Thursday night through Friday morning.

In conditions like this, it is imperative that you dress for the weather - especially if you work outside. Spending more than thirty minutes in sub-zero wind chills could lead to frostbite.

By Friday night and Saturday morning, the winds calm down. However, temperatures will be similar to what they were on Tuesday morning. The old record low for Saturday morning is 2°, and we will be pretty close to that.

This only continues a near-record streak of below freezing temperatures in our area.

For info on how to stay safe during these bitter cold spells, be sure to visit a recent weather blog of ours.

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