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UPDATE: Temperatures plunge to dangerous levels

Photo from Jamie Green in Welch Photo from Jamie Green in Welch

(WVVA) -  Frigid Arctic air continues to move into our area tonight with temperatures dropping below 0 just after sunset. Lows tonight will range from 4 to 12 degrees below zero. Wind chills will range from -25 to -35 degrees below 3000 feet, and -35 to -50 above 3000 feet. This corresponds with sustained winds out of the west at 10 to 25 miles per hour with gusts between 30 and 40 miles per hour below 3000 feet and 30 to 50 miles per hour above 3000 feet.

Exposed skin with these wind chills will become frostbitten in as little as 10 minutes. Plus, a quick freeze after last night's rain has lead to black ice on the road ways. Snow flurries die down by Tuesday morning as the sun starts to come out. Highs only range from zero to nine degrees for Tuesday afternoon with overnight lows not changing much. Sunny skies continue into Wednesday as we finally warm up to near 30 degrees for the afternoon with lows in the low 20s by Thursday morning.


(WVVA)- Monday morning's Arctic cold front will bring with it some of the chilliest air we've seen in years. Although one to three inches of snow is possible with this system on Monday morning, the bigger issue will be plummeting temperatures and dangerous wind chills.

We start out in the upper 30s to low 40s with rain showers after midnight on Monday morning as the cold front passes through our area. As temperatures dip below freezing, we will see rain change over to snow which lasts until early Monday afternoon. By this time, temperatures will have fallen into the low to mid teens. Temperatures continue to plummet into the low to mid single digits around sunset, and finally reach the five to 10 degrees below zero range.

This is where the dangerous wind chills come in as winds will be sustained out of the west at 10 to 20 miles per hour with wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour possible. This will cause wind chill values as low as 35 degrees below zero. Exposed skin at these values will become frostbitten in 10 minutes.

This will be a high impact event across the Two Virginias as it coincides with the Tuesday morning commute. Obviously, it is extremely important to cover up all exposed skin and limit outdoor exposure as much as possible. Highs on Tuesday only reach into the upper single digits under sunny skies with lows in the middle single digits. Black ice could be an issue as snow melts in direct sunlight and then re-freezes onto road surfaces.

Temperatures won't start to warm up until we get into Wednesday afternoon where highs reach near freezing under mostly sunny skies. For more updates as this potentially dangerous weather scenario develops, you can head over to our Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the WVVA mobile weather app for Apple and Android users.

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