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January 4, 2014

Arctic air takes aim at region

BLUEFIELD — Temperatures could rise into the 40s this weekend, but not before the region has to endure single-digit readings and bitter wind chills.

A northern weather system is delivering the cold and some snow to the region, said a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg,Va.

“These things happen from time to time,” said meteorologist Mike Sporer. “It’s a large area of arctic high pressure that’s pushing into the area.”

Driving conditions Saturday morning should not be bad, but there is the possibility of icy spots on area roadways.

“There could be some slick spots here and there,” Sporer said. Snow melting on and above the roadways could freeze into ice. Saturday morning temperatures could be as low as 8 degrees.

Sunday’s temperatures will be significantly higher. By the afternoon, the readings could reach as high as 46 degrees, Sporer said. Temperatures will drop deeply again when the new week begins.

A strong area of low pressure coming to the region from the Great Lakes and Canada will issue in the next wave of arctic air, Sporer said.

“Again, we’ll be looking at a little bit of snow now. It’s not a significant snow event. The cold air is definitely going to be noteworthy.”

Accumulations of two to four inches is possible, forecasters said.

Temperatures of minus 6 degrees and significant wind chills are possible by Tuesday, he added. The forecasted high as of Friday was 15 degrees for Tuesday. Temperature will rapidly fluctuate later in the week with temperatures reaching the lower 40s again by Thursday.

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