Rain, bitter cold expected to stick around

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Keep your hatches battened, because the cold front that blew into the region before dawn yesterday isn’t going away anytime soon, and conditions likely will get worse before they improve.

Temperatures dropped from the high 70s here Thursday evening to the 30s by morning as a major Arctic front swooped across the country. Combined with high winds, yesterday’s wind chill was at the freezing point yesterday. Those north winds will continue to average around 15 mph today, and with a high temperature of only 43 degrees expected, wind chill will remain a major factor here.

The low Saturday night will be at or below freezing, with a high Sunday of only 42 degrees. The low Sunday night will be in the mid 30s with a high Monday again at only 42 degrees. Monday’s low will also be in the mid-30s, but the high Tuesday could reach the low 50s, according to the weather service.