Dangerously-low wind chill values expected Monday morning

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A north wind combined with Arctic air may make it feel as cold as six degrees in spots Monday morning (Image: WHNT News 19)

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– An Arctic front moves through the Valley late Sunday night, bringing with it another surge of very cold air.

The sky becomes partly cloudy late this evening, and a few stray snow flurries are also possible as the leading edge of the cold air moves in.

The bigger headline tonight and tomorrow is how cold it will feel. The combination of temperatures in the middle teens to near 20 degrees and a breeze out of the north may make it feel as cold as 6-8 degrees first thing Monday morning.

Despite a generous amount of sunshine tomorrow, highs will struggle to get above freezing.

Although we expect less wind Monday night into Tuesday, air temperatures will be even colder. Lows Tuesday morning will drop into the middle teens in Huntsville and Muscle Shoals, meaning the colder valleys may be able to drop just below 10 degrees.

It would be a good idea to protect your pets and pipes tonight and tomorrow night.

The American Red Cross outlines these preventative steps you need to take before the coldest air moves in:

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

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