A biting north wind will push wind chill values into the teens Friday morning

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – December is here and our first taste of Arctic air is just hours away.

Forecast for Friday, December 8, 2016 (Image: WHNT News 19)

Forecast for Friday, December 8, 2016 (Image: WHNT News 19)

A strong front moved through before sunrise Thursday, allowing very cold air to begin moving in from the north. With clouds around Thursday, temperatures will have a hard time getting out of the 30s in the afternoon – but it will be even colder on Friday. Some communities, especially in the higher terrain, may have trouble getting above 35 degrees on Friday afternoon.

As temperatures drop toward the low 20s around sunrise Friday, a north wind between five and 10 miles per hour will make it feel much colder.

Wind chill values, or feels like temperatures, will settle in the teens just as kids are waiting at the bus stop. Places like Fayetteville and Winchester may even see the feels like temperature briefly drop to around 10 degrees.

Remember the four Ps: People, Pets, Plants and Pipes

This will not be the coldest night of the winter season, but this will be the coldest night we have had since last winter.

WHNT News 19’s Courtney Crown has some great reminders on how to keep your pets warm, beyond just bringing them inside.

Also take time Thursday afternoon to make sure any outdoor faucets are covered. Leave a faucet in your home dripping overnight, as temperatures will be well below freezing for several hours Thursday night and Friday morning.

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