Freezing temps will stick around for weekend

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 4:39am
Staff reports

Middle Tennessee residents won’t see a winter wonderland outside this weekend but it might be best to bundle up for one as temperatures are not expected to get out of the 20s.

The Arctic airmass that pushed into the region Thursday brought frigid temperatures that turned remaining moisture on roadways to black ice Thursday night and made driving treacherous. The deceiving winter phenomenon, which is ice that one cannot see, kept emergency crews busy overnight and forced the second snow day for local school children.

But if those kiddies staying home want to go out and play, make sure they’re bundled up and limit their time outdoors as wind chills will be dangerously through mid-morning Friday.

A wind chill advisory is in effect until 9 a.m. for most of Middle Tennessee, and the National Weather Service predicts another advisory will be issued for Friday night.

A wind chill advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

The NWS predicts wind chill readings will dip to a range of zero to 10 degrees Friday night. Temperatures will remain in the single digits to teens for lows Friday night through Sunday night with highs over the weekend mainly in the 20s.

A gradual warmup is expected to begin during the early part of next week.