Wintry mix followed by frigid weather for New Year's

Wintry mix followed by frigid weather for New Year's

Wintry mix followed by frigid weather for New Year's

A reinforcing shot of arctic cold air will build in just in time for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Despite unlimited sunshine, temperatures will only reach the upper single digits and teens. Wind chills could drop to 20-below zero. Temperatures in the region were around 48 degrees Saturday (Dec. 30) at 8 a.m. and were expected to rise during the day to a high of 60 with mostly cloudy skies. Low temperatures on Saturday morning will range from the single digits in central Kansas to the teens in southern Kansas.

Highs on New Year's Day will be in the mid 20s.

The wind chill values only get worse as the day goes on. An arctic front will push through before sunrise with temperatures quickly tumbling through the 20s in the wake of the front. High 18, low 3.

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"It will be cold", said Kevin Rodriguez, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Melbourne.

It will be dry though with no storms in sight for at least 7 days.

The Arctic air that continues to keep temperatures well below freezing will be with us through the weekend and into the beginning of 2018. This would be the worst case scenario as that much ice accumulation could bring down tree branches and power lines and cause widespread power outages as the brutal cold arrives. Low: 42. Wind: S/SE 5 miles per hour. Temperatures will drop into the teens early Sunday morning and will only warm into the low 30s by the afternoon. Highs on Tuesday will struggle to get back above freezing.

Texas experienced some wacky weather in 2017 and it looks like we could see more of that to end the year. Temperatures this cold will be enough to see pipes freeze and burst if they are not insulated or protected from the cold.

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