Below normal temperatures are forecast this week. In fact, the only day temperatures will be above freezing is Tuesday. The period of greatest concern will be from late Tuesday night through early Thursday, when a very strong arctic high will move southeast from the plains Wednesday and end up right over top of the region by daybreak Thursday.
Falling temperatures Wednesday through the teens, and into the single digits some areas, combined with gusty northwest winds 15 to 30 MPH will result in wind chill temperatures as low as five to fifteen degrees below zero from midday Wednesday through early Wednesday night. Lows by Thursday morning will be near zero many locations. However, the winds are forecast to diminish late Wednesday night.
Everyone is strongly encouraged to limit any outdoor activities Wednesday and Thursday. Take precautions to prevent damage to water lines. The wind during extreme cold can direct the frigid air into poorly insulated areas more efficiently and result in damage to pipes.
Information provided by the National Weather Service.