Arctic blast to impact the mid state over New Years, Wind Chill advisory posted

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UPDATE (December 31, 6 p.m.): 
(1) WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM CST THIS EVENING TO 9 AM CST NEW YEARS DAY
(2) WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT MONDAY NIGHT CST TO NOON CST TUESDAY…

Very cold wind chills expected. The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.
Expect wind chills to range from 0 to 9 below zero by around sunrise on New Years Morning. Expect wind chills to range from 4 below zero to 8 below zero by around sunrise on Tuesday morning.

UPDATE: WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM SUNDAY TO 9 AM CST MONDAY FOR PORTIONS OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Cold Arctic air will pour into Middle Tennessee tonight and persist into the New Year. Steady winds ushering in this cold air will begin to drop wind chill values below zero New Years Eve, with some locations approaching -5 degrees by midnight. By the morning hours of New Years Day, most of the mid-state may see wind chill values below -5 degrees. Another night of cold air is expected Monday night, and thus another Wind Chill Advisory
likely will be needed.

Very cold wind chills expected. The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.
Expect wind chills to range from zero to 8 below zero.

 

Expect wind chill values to fall below zero as Sunday evening progresses, creating frigid conditions at any
outdoor New Years Eve Celebrations.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE: An arctic cold front will move through the mid state today…with much colder air spreading across the area through the weekend.  Low temperatures will reach down into the teens by New Years Eve morning and will only warm into the 20s during the day. Then on New Years day…lows will range from 7 to 13 with highs of 18 to 24.

Adding to the bone chilling cold will be the very low wind chill values. Wind speeds of 10 to 15 mph will equate to wind chills in the lower teens during the day on New Years Eve. Later that evening, winds will persist with wind chill values dropping down into the single digits. By sunrise, wind chills will reach as low as 5 below zero in a few northern Middle Tennessee locations. Cold temperatures will continue into Monday night where Middle Tennessee will experience wind chill values of minus 5 to minus 8 degrees before sunrise.

If venturing outdoors during the holiday weekend…be sure to wear multiple layers of clothing. Consider bringing any pets indoors and check on neighbors and the elderly. Also…be sure to take the necessary precautions regarding the protection of water pipes from the cold.

Of additional note, if the expected low and high temperatures of 11 and 22 degrees, respectively for Nashville, occurs on New Years day, it would mark the 4th coldest New Years Day on record. The period of record extends all the way back to 1871.

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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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