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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • In the deep freeze

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  • JACKSON COUNTY – This morning, we know what a frozen steak feels like after last (Monday) night's deep freeze.
    Temperatures were expected to have dipped to below zero Monday night with wind chill factors pushing to minus 20 to minus 30 as an arctic blast frose the eastern United States solid after it ice-cubed the Midwest.
    The National Weather Service reported temperatures in the 20s across West Virginia Monday morning with and light snow or flurries in some areas.
    Wind chill warnings had been issued for most of the state, effective Monday evening when temperatures were expected to drop to single digits. Some areas could have seen wind chills of minus 30 degrees or lower last (Monday) night.
    The conditions were termed a "dangerous situation" with hypothermia and frostbite warnings in place. Winds last night were anticipated at 20-30 mph adding to the subzero conditions.
    A Wind Chill Watch is when the potential for a combination of very cold air and strong wind create dangerously low wind chill values.
    The watch was bumped up to Winter Weather Advisory and is expected to expire at 1 p.m. (EST) today (Tuesday, January 7, 2014) and includes locations in Southeast Ohio, Northern Kentucky and much of West Virginia and Southwestern Virginia.
    Wind chill readings according to information from National Weather Service were expected to dip as low as 35 below zero on Monday night and Tuesday morning.
    The very cold temperatures combined with strong gusty winds were predicted to cause dangerous wind chill values.
    The warning stated that as far as winter weather was concerned this could be some of the coldest values in the last 15 years.
    Prolonged exposure in sub zero temperatures can lead to frostbite or hypothermia. Citizens are asked to limit outdoor activities, as winds would be from 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. In addition temperatures were reported to range from 10 below to 10 above zero.
    It was also noted to bring pets indoors and make sure livestock has proper shelter to shield them from the wind and wind chill factors. In addition residents were advised to take precautionary/preparedness actions (See Health Department Winter tips).
    Today (Tuesday) highs are predicted to crawl out of the freezer to the low teens with lows near 10 degrees.
    Relief should arrive Wednesday as temps rise to a balmy 36 degrees with lows in the mid-20s. By the weekend, we could see the mid-50s. Break out the suntan lotion (if you can thaw it out).
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