As one weather advisory for the Oil Region expires, others are being posted concerning frigid temperatures and wind chill factor readings which will rival those from the “polar vortex” system that blew through the area earlier this month.
The National Weather Service says our Winter Weather Advisory concerning the most-recent snowfalls expires at 10:00 AM Monday. Snow accumulations associated with the next weather front should be minor.
However, a Wind Chill Advisory begins at noon on Monday, and will be upgraded to a Wind Chill Warning by midnight. With temperatures falling into the single digits on Monday, and to as low as minus-11 on Monday night and minus-14 on Tuesday night, wind chill factor readings could plummet to as low as -32. The Wind Chill Warning may be extended into Thursday when the temperatures are expected to push back up into the 20’s.
Wind Chill Advisories and Warnings both mean that a combination of very cold air and strong winds will result in low wind chill values, and frost bite and hypothermia may result. Under a Wind Chill Advisory, we are advised to dress properly if we must go outdoors. Under a Wind Chill Warning, the National Weather Service cautions, “Do not venture outdoors unless you are properly dressed for the conditions.”
Weather forecasters are also advising drivers that visibilities may be affected due to blowing snow from the recent snowfalls and the strong winds.