Cold to Impact West Tennessee All Weekend Long!

Thursday Night Forecast Update

Thursday Night Forecast Update for December 22nd:

We picked up a widespread 1-2″ of snow so far across West Tennessee. Most of the snow is now moving east of Jackson and will cross the Tennessee River around 10 PM for the most part. Temperatures are beginning to fall into the single digits and the wind child is now below zero for most of us. Temperatures will continue to drop tonight as the skies clear out. Please get somewhere safe and stay off the roads unless you absolutely need to get out and travel. We will have a detailed look at your Christmas weekend forecast and let you know when the warm up is coming up here.

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A wind chill warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for all of West Tennessee.

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Dangerously cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 15-20° below zero. For the Winter Weather Advisory, snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. The cold wind chills could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Flash freezes may occur as cold air quickly builds in over wet ground. This may result in hazardous travel conditions.

Now is a good time to catch up on your winter weather driving safety tips if you plan on traveling or might out running errands from Thursday evening through the Christmas weekend.  Here are a few basic tips and reminders.

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TONIGHT:

Highs reached up to around 50° in the afternoon and will fall the way down to around 1° by sunrise Friday morning. The main concern from this system may end up being the cold as the wind chill will be below zero for an extended period of time. The wind chill is forecast to be between -10 and -20° early Friday morning. We have not had a Christmas system this cold since the 1980s (1983/1989).

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FRIDAY:

We may not set any low temperature records from the system as the low records are (-7/1989 on Thursday), (-6/1983 on Friday) and (-10/1983 on Saturday). We do have a shot at the low/max temperature record on Friday (15/1983) as the forecast high is only 13° for Friday. The wind chill will be extreme in the morning with the winds still blustery at 20-25 MPH early in the day on Friday.  The clouds will move out during the morning on Friday and Friday night lows will again be cold falling down to the mid single digits. Frostbite will be a legit threat is you have exposed skin and are out in the elements for more than 15 mins on Friday, please bundle up!

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Here are a few basic tips and reminders as well as clothes you should be wearing if you are planning to go out and play in the snow or taking the little ones out. Frostbite will be a legit threat so take it seriously.

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CHRISTMAS WEEKEND:

The winds will weaken some during the day on Saturday but it is still going to be very cold. The winds will be around 10-15 MPH on Saturday and come out of the west. This will again make it feel as low as -10° early Christmas Eve morning. Highs on Christmas Eve (Saturday) will be in the low 20s and we will fall down to around 10° for Christmas morning (Sunday). Highs on Sunday will make it back up to the mid to upper 20s and Sunday night low will drop down to the low teens. We should see mostly sunny skies this weekend but it is still going to be very cold. Please protect the 4 Ps (People, Pipes, Pets and Plants) from this system. This is a life threatening system if you get caught or stuck outside for an extended period of time, please be safe and bring the pets in.

May be an image of snow and text that says 'WINTER WEATHER TIPS FROSTBITE Even skin that is protected can be subject to frostbite. It's the most common injury yreslting from exposure severe cold, and it usually occurs on fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. FROZEN PIPES let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe even at trickle helps prevent pipes from freezing. PETS too cold fit's too cold for you, t's probably for your pet, so keep your animals inside.'

 

FINAL THOUGHT:

All locations have already topped their monthly rain averages during the first two weeks of the month across West Tennessee. We will get a break from the rain late this week but that will usher in another round of cold weather that could be sticking around into the Christmas holiday.  Don’t give up on a white Christmas this year as long term forecast models are still suggesting snow that could linger around through the holiday. You need to stay weather aware to changing weather patterns and monitor the forecasts closely. We got you covered in the WBBJ 7 Storm Team Weather Center as always.

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Storm Team Chief Meteorologist
Joel Barnes
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