The area should get a day or two of respite from the bitterly cold weather, but more cold air – maybe with a little snow – is headed this way this weekend.
That means it could be a cold wait at the bus stop Monday and Tuesday mornings as students head back to school.
Wind chill readings – a combination of temperature and wind – could be minus 15 to minus 25 early Monday and Tuesday mornings. Wind chills that low can lead to frostbite with about a half-hour of exposure, according to the National Weather Service.
The Weather Service says today’s high should be right around the freezing mark, 32 degrees, followed by an overnight low of 26 and a Saturday high in the upper 30s.
But then another blast of cold air moves in, bringing a slight chance of snow Saturday night through Sunday night. Mostly, it’ll be cold – a high of 16 Sunday, minus 1 that night, a high Monday of just 3 above and then 4 below that night. For perspective, the Weather Service says the last time the area had a daily high temperature of 2 above or less was Dec. 22, 1990.
Then it warms up a little, with a high of 18 Tuesday and the 29 Wednesday with a chance of snow.
Authorities remind everyone that sharply cold weather calls for dressing is several light, loose-fitting layers – air between those layers insulates you – and that outer garments should be water repellent and have a hood. Try to stay dry and out of the wind, wear a hand, and cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold. Mittens, if they’re snug at the wrist, will keep your hands warmer than gloves will.