The thermometer sits at three degrees this morning on our back porch at 7 a.m. Monday. With the heavy winds that screamed through the night, the wind chill is minus 15 degrees.
That’s cold Cold enough to freeze your-know-what off. Cold enough to freeze and burst your water lines.
And, of course, the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg has issued a Winter Chill Advisory:
..WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST TODAY… * WHAT…VERY COLD WIND CHILLS. WIND CHILLS AS LOW AS 15 BELOW ZERO. WIND GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH. * WHERE…PORTIONS OF CENTRAL, SOUTH CENTRAL, SOUTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL VIRGINIA. * WHEN…UNTIL NOON EST MONDAY. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…THE COLD WIND CHILLS COULD RESULT IN HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT COLD AIR AND THE WIND WILL COMBINE TO CREATE LOW WIND CHILLS. FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA CAN OCCUR IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. THOSE PLANNING TO VENTURE OUTDOORS SHOULD USE COMMON SENSE…MAKING SURE THAT ALL EXPOSED SKIN IS COVERED. WEAR LAYERS OF LOOSE-FITTING, LIGHTWEIGHT WARM CLOTHING, A HAT, AND MITTENS OR GLOVES. &&
…GUSTY WINDS AND DANGEROUS CHILLS EXPECTED THROUGH NOON… .NORTHWEST WINDS WILL BE GUSTY THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE MORNING, KEEPING WIND CHILLS WELL BELOW ZERO. PORTIONS OF WESTERN GREENBRIER COUNTY MAY CONTINUE TO RECEIVE ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL.
The advisory remains in effect until noon Monday. By that time, the weather service says, the thermometer should reach 16 degrees with a wind chill of 1 degree above zero.