Wind chills expected to go well below zero

Next Tuesday’s projected high temperature is -1 Farenheit.

And, no, that’s not the forecast for Anchorage, Alaska.

It’s the forecast for Warren.

The chilly temperatures start today, with a high of 9. National Weather Service Meteorologist Craig Evanego said on Thursday that they are projecting Friday’s low around zero degrees with a wind chill around -20 Friday morning.

“Tomorrow (Friday), temperatures aren’t going to rebound much,” he said.

A wind chill advisory is in effect until Friday at noon. The advisory states that wind chill readings could fall “to 15 to 20 below zero tonight and Friday morning.”

Winds during the period of the advisory will reach 10-20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 mph.

“We expect the winds to pick up behind this system,” said Craig. “It’s going to pull some very cold air into the region from Canada.”

There will be an improvement over the weekend though as temperatures will get into the 20s and 30s on Saturday and Sunday.

That’s when the arctic temperatures descend on the region.

While the high on Monday is projected at 16, the low is -7.

“As the colder air starts to come in, any precipitation will change back to snow Sunday night into Monday,” said Evanego. “We’re looking for a low Sunday night in the 20s” with temperatures dropping as the day progresses.

Tuesday’s high? -1.

Evanego said that Tuesday could bring wind chills of -20 to -30 degrees below zero.

“If you have to be out, you want to be very bundle(d) up,” said Evanego.

Todd Lake, Warren County public safety director, offered several suggestions to ensure safety during these very frigid days.

Lake suggested keeping stocked on batteries, for items such as flashlights and a portable radio, checking smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as well as checking electrical connections on heat tapes.

Lake also cautioned people to be very careful with auxiliary heating, being sure to check cords on electric heaters, keep combustibles away from auxiliary heaters and have kerosene heaters professionally serviced.

He suggested having a winter kit in your car that includes items such as a blanket, flashlight, shovel, cell phone charger and water/food.

Temperatures are projected to improve on Wednesday, getting back into the teens, before moving into the 30s for the weekend.