COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — The Arctic front arrives tonight with a small chance of a few showers ahead of the much colder air that will move in quickly with readings dropping steadily every hour as the wind ushers in the frigid Canadian air. 

PREPARE FOR COLD WEATHER

WEATHER AWARE Thursday night – Friday morning: Wind Chill Advisories have been posted on both sides of the river very unseasonably cold temperatures that will impact the News 3 viewing area. 

WINTER WEATHER SAFETY

What is a Wind Chill Advisory? Local National Weather Service offices issues a wind chill advisory when seasonably cold wind chill values but not extremely cold values are expected or occurring. Be sure you and your loved ones dress appropriately and cover exposed skin when venturing outdoors.

WIND CHILL CHART HERE

Wind Advisories have been posted as well for strong gusty winds that could reach 30-40 mph in stronger gusts. Sustained winds will likely be around 15-25 mph.

Temperatures are expected to be 20-35ºF degrees below normal and some of the coldest air we have seen in 5-8 years (Jan 2015/2018). The upcoming cold spell will be a prolonged period (48-72+ hours) of sub-freezing temperatures along with very cold wind chill values.

Exposed pipes can burst if they are not properly insulated. People and pets can experience hypothermia and or frost bite on any exposed skin with 20-30 mph in a very short time.