Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 27, 2014

National Weather Service issues ‘Wind Chill Watch’ for tonight

By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Snow will fall, winds will blow and the thermometer will dive down to the frigid level again tonight as Four Seasons Country gets hammered by yet another Alberta Clipper system that is expected to deliver zero-degree temperatures and wind chills as low as minus 20 degrees.

“You’re going back into the freezer,” Patrick Wilson said. Wilson is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va. “I hope people got to enjoy (Sunday) because it will take until Thursday or Friday to get back above freezing for daytime highs again.”

Wilson explained that Sunday’s warmth came as a result of the “warm sector side” of the advancing Alberta Clipper. He said that temperatures will drop quickly after midnight and continue dropping through the day. On Sunday, the National Weather Service posted a “Wind Chill Watch,” warning of wind chill temperatures as low as 20 to 40 degrees below zero. The NWS also posted a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” for the same time period.

“Temperatures will drop quickly after the winds change and start coming from the Northwest at 10-15 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 mph,” Wilson said. “The snow will arrive early Monday morning and bring 1 to 2 inches into the higher elevations. The temperature will drop to zero Monday night with wind chill temperatures at 20 below.”

Wilson said that the high temperature on Tuesday might not reach 20 above zero. “The weather pattern will shift Thursday, Friday and Saturday bringing high temperatures above freezing. This clipper is going through on Monday.”

Wilson said that after the weekend, area temperatures might moderate somewhat. “It looks like this clipper system is the last one for a while,” he said. “You should have some milder temperatures ahead.”

He did not, however, make a weather prediction for Superbowl Sunday in New Jersey. “The models don’t agree on what’s ahead for them right now,” Wilson said.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com