The Transylvania Times -

By Eric Crews
Staff Writer 

Frigid Weather Forecast For The New Year - Brevard NC


A combination of frigid temperatures and winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour has National Weather Service meteorologists warning that tonight’s and Friday morning’s weather will be extremely cold.

“In a nutshell...this will be a night fit for neither man nor bear across the high elevations of the N.C. mountains,” the weather service stated in their scientific forecaster discussion early this morning.

Chris Horne, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS), said the cold is likely to continue through the weekend and into early next week when another arctic blast could bring even colder temperatures.

“The combination of gusty winds and very cold temperatures will cause wind chill index values to fall to around zero degrees,” he said. “It’s going to be quite cold.”

Horne said several cold fronts are expected to move through the area, which could bring chances of snow and winter weather.

“There’s another arctic front expected to move through the area early next week,” he said. “So we’re looking at Monday night and Tuesday morning hav-ing low temperatures equally as cold if not a few degrees colder than what we’ll see tomorrow.”

Horne said the cold blast is a significant departure from normal with projected low temperatures expected to be around 15 degrees below normal for this time of year.

Because of the combination of cold temps and high winds, Horne said his office recommends people cover all exposed skin with multiple layers in order to prevent the chance of getting frostbite, which can happen fairly quickly under such conditions on uncovered skin.

He also advised homeowners and pet owners to take precautions.

To prevent freezing pipes in homes, Horne said he recommends that people leave one or two faucets in their home dripping in order to keep water moving through the pipes to help prevent them freezing.

By the end of next week Horne said the weather service is predicting a moderation of temperatures, but said that beyond that is too far out to predict.

“The pattern doesn’t look as cold after Jan. 7 into the following weekend,” he said. “But we’ll have to wait and see beyond that.”

The NWS advises that to prepare for the bitter cold, stay indoors and use a safe heating source.

Make sure to use space heaters according to their instructions, and be attentive to open flames.

Do not use charcoal or other fuel-burning devices, such as grills that produce carbon monoxide.

When outdoors, stay dry and in wind protected areas and wear multiple layers of loose-fitting, warm clothing.

Also, be aware of sensitive plants and animals.

Bring in potted plants and drape a blanket, sheet or tarp over plants in the ground.

Pets are just as susceptible to the cold as people are.

Bring all domesticated pets indoors or at least provide shelter for animals with a closed door to keep out the wind.

Make sure the shelter is clean, dry, and well insulated with straw, wood shavings or a blanket.

Pet stores sell heated bowls to resist water freezing. Be sure to have extra food as outdoor animals require more calories in the winter to generate energy to ward off the cold.

Horses and other livestock need a windbreak, cover, warm bedding, abundant high-quality feed, and fresh water, too.


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