Dangerous Cold Arrives; Record Wind Chill Set on Mt. Washington

Oak Hill, WV (WOAY-TV): An Arctic front is producing the coldest temperatures since the Christmas weekend outbreak.

Although we won’t rival the low temperature of -6 degrees and high of 10 degrees seen on Christmas Eve, wind chills will hover between 5 above (most of southern West Virginia) and -15 degrees (above 3,000 feet along Route 219) this evening before settling to near 0 degrees as winds turn calm by daybreak on Saturday.

Wind chills seen Friday evening, which will be the coldest of the night as winds slowly relax.

Below is the most recent weather forecast for southern West Virginia through next week.

In breaking weather news, the wind chill at Mount Washington, N.H., (at an elevation of 6,288 feet) broke the record for the coldest wind chill ever recorded in the U.S. this evening at minus-104 degrees! As a matter of fact, the NOAA wind chill chart only drops to minus-98 degrees! Frostbite occurs in fewer than 5 minutes at wind chills this low.

On the flip side of the spectrum, prior to the transient Arctic blast in the East, spring blooms are out 2 weeks earlier than normal across much of the Southeast.

Have a great weekend and stay safe!

~Meteorologist Chad Merrill


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