Bitterly cold air with prolonged sub-freezing temperatures is expected early this week, according to the National Weather Service in Morristown.
From Saturday night, December 30, through at least mid-week this week, temperatures will be at or below freezing across much of the area, the National Weather Service said.
The forecast in Oak Ridge calls for a low of 18 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday night, a high of 30 on Sunday, a low of 15 on Sunday night, a high of 25 on Monday, and a low of 9 on Monday night. The high on Tuesday is forecast at 29.
In the image below, the National Weather Service provides tips for dressing for chilly and cold weather, and extreme cold. In extreme cold, forecasters recommended three or more layers on your upper body, including one insulating layer; two or more layers on your lower body; a warm hat and face mask; an outer layer to keep out the wind; gloves; and waterproof boots.
Forecasters advised residents to bring outdoors pets indoors and to make sure they have a warm place to stay. Exposed pipes should be wrapped and protected, the National Weather Service said. Cabinets under faucets should be opened, and water should be allowed to slowly trickle to prevent pipes from freezing.
The highs on Saturday had been expected to be about 5 to 10 degrees below normal, primarily in the mid 30s to lower 40s, and colder air had been forecast to arrive behind a cold front late Saturday afternoon.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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