The low in Oak Ridge tonight (Monday, January 1) is forecast at 3 degrees Fahrenheit, and temperatures this week are expected to remain very low, mostly below freezing and dropping back down to 9 on Friday night, according to the National Weather Service in Morristown.
A wind chill advisory is in effect from midnight to 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, including in Oak Ridge and Clinton.
“An Arctic air mass remains across the region with very cold temperatures expected to occur tonight,” the National Weather Service said. “The combination of the cold air and wind will result in dangerously cold wind chills between 5 below zero to 15 below zero.”
The very cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin, the Weather Service said. Wind chills could range from 0 degrees to 10 below zero in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
“These conditions can result in frost bite and can lead to hypothermia or even death if precautions are not taken,” the National Weather Service said. “Those venturing outdoors should dress warmly, making sure all exposed skin is covered.”
In a hazardous weather outlook issued Monday afternoon, forecasters recommended people dress warmly in layers, provide shelter for pets and animals, and take precautions around homes and businesses to avoid frozen pipes.
Very cold air will remain over the Southern Appalachian region through the rest of the work week, the National Weather Service said. Temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below normal and dangerously low wind chills are expected, especially across the higher elevations.
The forecast for Oak Ridge calls for a low of 3 on Monday night, a high of 29 on Tuesday, a low of 13 on Tuesday night, and a high of 36 on Wednesday, the only above-freezing temperature expected later this week.
The low on Wednesday night is forecast at 13, with a high of 26 on Thursday and 10 on Thursday night, followed by a high of 27 on Friday and a low of 9 on Friday night.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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