The single digits are coming as an arctic blast from the north will plunge Warren County into icebox conditions for most of the week.
Lows are expected to drop to 3 degrees early Thursday morning, with the wind making it feel like -3 degrees. The frigid temperatures descending on the South have not been seen since this time last year when Warren County plunged into a deep freeze.
Last year on Jan. 7, the temperature in Warren County dipped to -1, according to the National Weather Service. That was just slightly higher than Warren County’s all-time record cold for Jan. 7, which was -4 in 1970.
In preparation for plunging temperatures, the National Weather Service is advising Midstate residents to beware of the dangerous cold.
“An arctic cold front will move through the Midstate on Tuesday night and into Wednesday, bringing a long period of subfreezing temperatures to the Midstate and the coldest weather since January 2014,” the special weather statement reads. “Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing from Tuesday night through Friday afternoon with lows in the single digits and teens and highs only in the 20s and 30s from Wednesday through Friday.”
The weather statement notes the north wind will make conditions feel even worse to those exposed to the elements.
“Gusty north winds will make it feel even colder, with wind chills below zero at times on Wednesday and Thursday,” the National Weather Service warns.
With the week of freezing temperatures arriving, the NWS suggests making preparations for the arctic chill. Those preparations include shielding water pipes and providing pets with warm shelter as the cold snap could prove fatal for animals left exposed to the elements.
“Protect animals from the cold by ensuring they have adequate shelter,” NWS experts urge, noting leaving an animal exposed to the near-zero temperatures for even a few hours can lead to death.
This same is true for humans who should not expose themselves to the bitter cold unless being outside cannot be avoided.
“If you are going to be outside, wear layers of clothing to protect yourself from the cold weather,” the NWS advises.
Steps should also be taken to shield water pipes. Residents are advised to take a walk around the outside of their house to make sure vents and openings are covered to help prevent pipes from freezing and cracking. Residents may also want to leave their facets dripping through the rest of the week.
While Warren County and most of the Midsouth will suffer through arctic conditions this week, no precipitation is in the forecast until next week.