Cold weather bulletins

Wind Chill Bulletins are Issued by local NWS offices

The latest in a series of arctic cold fronts sweeping through the Ohio Valley and Appalachians will bring record-low temperatures and colder wind chill values for the first weekend of 2018.  

A Wind Chill Advisory will remain in effect from 4:00 PM Thursday until  early Saturday afternoon for the low elevations counties including Barbour, Braxton, Calhoun, Marion, Monongalia, Wetzel, Tyler, Taylor, Pleasants, Wood, Ritchie, Doddridge, Harrison, Lewis, Upshur, Taylor, Southeast Pocahontas & Western Webster Counties. Wind chill values will range from zero to -20º F. 

A Wind Chill Warning will remain in effect from 4:00 PM Thursday until mid-afternoon Saturday for extreme Eastern Monongalia, Preston Tucker, Garrett, Pendleton, Northwest Pocahontas, Southeast Randolph, Southeast Webster, Western Mineral & Western Grant Counties. In these locations, penetrating west-northwest gusts in excess of 40 MPH will result in wind chill values to near -30º F Thursday night through Saturday morning. 

Anyone venturing outdoors should take precautions to prevent frostbite and other cold-weather ailments which can occur within 30 minutes and can become fatal. Wear several layers, gloves, a heavy hat and minimize your exposed skin. Try to limit your time outdoors and please bring your pets indoors during the warned timeframe. 

It is recommended motorist carry extra supplies including extra food, water, blankets, kitty litter and other items in the event of emergency. Have a safe weekend. Drive slow and arrive alive. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Eastern Preston, Tucker & Garrett Counties from Thursday afternoon until 7:00 PM Thursday. While poor visibility and slick, icy, snow-covered roads make for difficult travel conditions at times, the harsh cold take top priority during the next few days. 

The first few days of 2018 literally went down in history. Wednesday, Clarksburg set a new daily low temperature record of -9º Fahrenheit, breaking the old record of zero, set in 1931. Elkins also shattered the previous record low temperature of -8º F, falling all the way to -14º F. In Parkersburg, -8ºF broke the previous daily low temperature record of 3º F, set in 1979. Is ths how the rest of our winter will go? We think not.

Warmer weather is forecast for early next week which may be good news for some. Daytime high temperatures in the 30s/40s combined with a modest dose of rainfall will melt a good deal of snow during the first half of next week. We’ll be watching local waterways for possible ice jams and high water levels. However no real flooding threat is anticipated. The thaw/refreeze scenario combined with the threat for mixed wintry precipitation may create slick roadways at times. Stay tuned to WBOY 12 News and visit to stay up to date with the latest forecast.

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