Arctic Air and Snow Return

By: Chief Meteorologist Chris Yates Email
By: Chief Meteorologist Chris Yates Email

"Cold" and "snow" are two words we seem to be hearing a lot these days. The month of February started on a cold and snowy Saturday and it looks like this cold and snowy weather will stick around for the next several days.

Temperatures on Monday were able to return to the 20's and 30's, but a cold front moving through Monday evening will put an end to this "mild" weather and throw temperature back in to the single digits and negatives. High temperatures on Tuesday will only reach the upper single digits and teens before struggling to reach zero on Wednesday. Wind chill values will become dangerously cold Tuesday through Thursday as they fall between -15° and -30°.

In addition to the frigid temperatures, snow will develop over the area once again. Light snow is expected to begin Monday night and continue through Tuesday night. While snowfall rates will remain light, the long duration of the event would bring three to five inches of snow to many areas across the region by early Wednesday morning.

The storm is only expected to bring minor impacts to the region with slick roads creating hazardous driving conditions at times, but thanks to light wind speeds blowing and drifting snow is not expected to make a significant impact.

Here are some safety tips on how to be prepared for this next round or arctic air:

- Wear several layers of light weight, loose fit clothing including gloves and hat when venturing outdoors.
- Keep your pets warm! If you can not bring them indoors, you should provide them enough shelter to keep warm and that they have access to unfrozen water.
- Prevent frozen pipes. Running water, even at a trickle could be enough to help keep pipes from freezing. Also open cabinet doors to let warmer air circulate around the pipes.
- Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. While this could lead to higher energy bills, it will help prevent expensive repairs on busted pipes.
- When using a space heater, keep it on a level surface and at least three feet away from anything flammable - such as clothing, curtains, paper and rugs. Turn off space heaters before heading to bed.
- When using a fireplace, be sure all embers are extinguished before leaving the room or heading to bed.

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