Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 6, 2014

Mercury and snow falling as region braces for historic cold, dangerous wind chills


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Forecasters are calling it a historic polar vortex. The rare weather phenomenon will cause temperatures in the region to plummet well below zero later this evening with dangerous wind chill levels that could lead to frost bite and hypothermia if proper precautions are not taken.

Snow began falling early this morning and road conditions across the region are poor. A winter storm warning and wind chill warning remain in effect for the area. Forecasters say additional accumulating snowfall is expected this afternoon. Accumulations should range from 2 to 6 inches.

But the temperature will be the big problem, forecasters say.

According to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., wind chills will begin to drop to dangerous values this afternoon. The actual air temperature tonight is expected to be 7 below zero. But the wind chill factor will make it feel like 35 degrees below zero tonight, according to the wind chill warning.