Rowan weather: Get ready for wicked weather Wednesday

Published 8:07 am Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Weather warnings for this week are growing. In addition to the brutal cold coming in Wednesday, there is now a danger of wildfires. High winds and dry air will increase the possibility of fires burning out of control. It’s a good idea to suspend any outdoor burning until this arctic chill and very dry air have passed.

After a cold start of 24 degrees, today will be pleasant, but with the winds picking up. We should have sunny skies and a high of 52 degrees. Wind will blow from the west at 6-11 mph. Tonight, we drop to 28 degrees, with the wind shifting to the west northwest.

Wednesday will be very cold and very windy. Cloudy skies will clear, but the high will be only 37. Winds from the west northwest will blow at 8-17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. That brings the windchill down to 21 degrees.

Be prepared for Wednesday night, when the low will be 12 degrees and winds will blow 11-17 mph, with gusts up to 28 mph. The windchill will be around 0 degrees.

Make sure your family and neighbors are safe and have a source of warmth. Pipes may freeze overnight, so it’s a good idea to leave the water dripping in your sink or tub. Pets need warm shelter or to be brought inside. Do not use space heaters near anything combustible — furniture, clothing, blankets, curtains — and do not leave the heater on while sleeping. Take time today to insulate outdoor pipes and do other weather-related maintenance.

Thursday will not provide any thawing. The high will be 27, although it will be sunny. Winds will begin to calm. Thursday night’s low will be in the teens again, 19, with winds picking up again and a windchill as low as 3 degrees.

We get a little break Friday, with sunny skies and a high near 40. But Friday night will be very cold, with a low around 20 and another severe windchill of 14 degrees.

The high for Saturday will be only 39, with mostly sunny skies, and the low will be another frigid one, 23.

Sunday won’t be any warmer, and we’ll have cloudy skies and a high of 41. A 30 percent chance of rain moves in Sunday night, with a low around 34. Some forecasts have mentioned snow Sunday night, but it’s too soon to panic.

Monday will be a little warmer, but still with that 30 percent chance of rain. The high will be near 45.

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