Rowan weather: Wind chill advisory tonight

Published 7:50 am Thursday, January 4, 2018

Yesterday was a cold one, and we never reached the forecast high, but today is going to be even colder, with gusty winds.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory in effect from midnight to 10 a.m. Friday.

Today will be sunny with a high of 31, but northwest wind will be at 7-15 mph, gusting as high as 25 mph.

With tonight’s low around 11, west northwest winds will be at 5-11 mph, with gusts up to 18 mph. The bitter cold, combined with the wind, will make for a dangerous night for anyone or anything outside.

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.

Conditions to our west, particularly in higher elevations, will be brutal.

Friday will be sunny and 29, with west northwest wind at 6-10 mph. It will be another clear night, with a low of 11 and northwest wind at 5-7 mph.

Saturday will be sunny, too, but only 29 again, and north wind will be at 3-7 mph. The low will be 11 again.

We get a little more warmth Sunday, with a high of 36 and mostly sunny skies. A mostly cloudy night will have a low of 24.

More bad winter weather is possible Monday. Moisture will increase in the region Sunday night, as a cold high slowly retreats to the east. As precipitation develops during the pre-dawn hours, it will likely start as a wintry mix of snow, sleet and/or freezing rain before

transitioning to all rain by midday Monday.

Snow and ice accumulations should be light, but some areas may have hazardous road conditions early Monday.

The chance of precipitation Monday is 60 percent, with freezing rain likely before 11 a.m. It will be cloudy with a high of 44.

Then we’ll have a chance of rain before 7 p.m., dwindling to showers overnight. It will be mostly cloudy and 31 with a 50 percent chance of precipitation.

We will see warmer weather Tuesday, which should be mostly sunny and 52 — a regular heat wave. The low will be 27.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny and 48.