The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia, has issued a special weather statement for residents of Southwest Virginia, warning, that wind chill temperatures may drop into the -5 to -10 range for several hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday morning throughout the Southwest Virginia region.
The weather statement includes the Virginia counties of Smyth, Bland, Giles, Wythe, Pulaski, Montgomery, Grayson, Carroll, Floyd and Craig.
Low temperatures in Wytheville will drop to 11°F over the night of Saturday and reach a high of only 25°F Sunday. Sunday night, lows are predicted to drop to 7°F and on New Year’s Day the high will top out at 21°F.
Monday night lows are forecasted to be 6°F and meteorologists say Tuesday night lows will bottom out at 8°F.
The drop in temperatures is not limited to Southwest Virginia, however, as a surge of frigid Canadian air is sweeping across the nation. Temperatures in Crosby, North Dakota, are currently at -19°F with wind chill measuring -40°F.
National Weather Service officials are urging residents to take precautions in preparation of the falling temperatures and to check on neighbors — especially the elderly. Individuals should also avoid prolonged skin exposure to the outside elements.
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