Wednesday, 18 July, 2018


Colder weather to move in as week progresses

There's a chance it could snow again on Tuesday according to forecasters. Details are uncertain this far out but an inch or less of snow could be possible across parts of north and central Alabama as yet another arctic cold front pushes through the stat Colder weather to move in as week progresses
Kristine Garrett | 13 January, 2018, 00:35

The National Weather Service says Monday was the coldest New Year's Day on record in Chicago with a high of 1 degree and Rockford with a high of -1 degree.

The highs for Ashley County last weekend were barely above freezing, a big change from the nearly 80 degree weather 10 days ago.

Temperatures in Taos could plummet to 9 degrees tonight, according to the agency.

Saturday night will drop to 22 degrees with a slight breeze making it feel even colder.

Wind chill advisories have been issued for much of western NY. This rain will likely move into the area Sunday with a transition of rain to snow possible Sunday night into Monday morning as cooler air starts to make its way back into our area early next week.

"We're in the heart of an arctic air mass that has built over time since the Christmas snow", said NWS meteorologist Matt Friedlein.

Because of the frigid temperatures, coupled with wind gusts that can get as high as 40 to 45 miles per hour Thursday night, the weather service has issued a wind chill advisory for many parts of the region.

Wednesday's low of 5 degrees blasted the previous record of 12 degrees set in 1979, according to the weather service.

Hard freeze and wind chill advisories are still in place across much of the state on Thursday morning, and temperatures ranged from the teens in north and central Alabama to the mid to upper 20s near the coast.

In Nebraska, temperatures hit 15 below zero (-26 Celsius) before midnight Sunday in Omaha, breaking a record low dating to 1884.

In northeastern Montana, the wind chill readings dipped as low as minus 58 (-50 Celsius).

"The temperatures are certainly extreme, but we've seen colder", said Joseph Nield, a meteorologist in Indianapolis, noting that the all-time low temperature in IN was minus 36 in 1994.

The cold is blamed in at least nine deaths in the past week.

Friday's high temperature will be 21 degrees Friday night's low will 7 degrees.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office said two men whose bodies were found Sunday showed signs of hypothermia.

The cold weather is prompting the N.C. Zoo to bring its elephants, gorillas, lions and other African animals into their behind-the-scenes enclosures, where the public can't see them.

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