Temperatures could stay below freezing through Christmas, and a wind chill warning remains in effect for Oak Ridge through early Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Morristown.
The wind chill warning expires at 1 p.m. Saturday. The NWS forecast said wind chill values could range between -3 and 7 degrees Fahrenheit, with winds of between 5 and 10 miles per hour. Scattered snow flurries are possible between noon and 2 p.m. Saturday.
The high Saturday is forecast near 22. The low Saturday night is forecast at 12.
The high for Sunday, Christmas Day, is forecast near 31. The low Christmas night is expected to be around 13.
The temperature could rise above freezing for the first time in several days on Monday, with a high near 34, according to the NWS. There is a 20 percent chance of snow after 1 p.m. Monday. The low on Monday night could be back below freezing, around 22.
The NWS recommends you dress in layers during cold weather, cover exposed skin, and limit your time outside.
Forecasters also recommend you keep your pets warm and dry and indoors when possible, and provide them plenty of food and water, with dehydration especially dangerous in winter. When pets are outside, it is recommended that you keep them bundled up, limit their time outside and clean them, including their paws, when you bring them in.
Separately, the Oak Ridge Fire Department has issued fire prevention tips.
Business owners should check their sprinkler riser rooms to make sure the heat is working properly. This could prevent damage and costly repairs to fire protection systems, Oak Ridge Fire Chief Travis Solomon said.
Regarding heaters, space heaters should be plugged directly into wall outlets, and extension cords should not be used with space heaters, the ORFD said. Also, you should keep combustible materials at least three feet from heaters.
“As always, make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home,” the ORFD said. “You can contact the Oak Ridge Fire Department for a free inspection of your smoke alarms at 865-425-FIRE (3473).”
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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