GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A major shot of arctic air will impact Eastern NC over the coming days. The next round will be arriving this weekend will be intense enough to plummet temperatures to values we have not seen in Eastern NC in over a year. As a result of the frigid temperatures this weekend, the WITN First Alert Weather Team has designated a First Alert Weather Day for both Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Air temperatures will be dropping well below normal over the weekend. The combination of clear skies, brisk northwesterly winds and an arctic airmass; will create atmospheric conditions for frigid wind chills during the day and into the evening hours.
Overnight temperatures will drop into the teens and lower 20s, creating hazards for those with poor insulation or exposed pipes. Animals need to be taken care of as this type of chill can be extremely dangerous to our outdoor pets. Highs on both Saturday and Sunday will stay well below normal, maxing out in the mid to upper 30s both days. Winds near 10 mph early Sunday morning will likely produce wind chills in the single digits to start the day.
In order to brace for the upcoming chill, there are many ways that you can stay warm, and keep your home prepared for the temperatures. For preventing frozen pipes, be sure to have the sink faucet dripping water, to establish proper flow. The flowing water will prevent the water from freezing by allowing the water molecules to be in a constant, steady state. The flowing water will also help to reduce pressure.
For staying warm, be sure to have extra layers of comforter blankets. Just a few extra blankets are enough to keep you warm by as much as 5 to 10 degrees compared to the surrounding environment. If you are using central air and A/C heating units, remove as much dust as you can from the insulation ducts, change filters and it is recommended to keep the thermostat around 70 to 72. If the thermostat is set several degrees above the initial temperature, some heating units may go into emergency heating mode. The mode will cause the unit to run constantly, leading to increased electric bills.
If you are heading outdoors for any length of the time this weekend, grab the coats, gloves, hats and scarves. A secondary layer of clothes is recommended as well.