Brief Bitterly Cold Snap to Hit South Plains

With many parts of the country still digging out from major snow storms, Mother Nature has a new challenge-- frigid temperatures. Some parts of the country have seen wind chill temps of negative 60 degrees. Now the South Plains will get our dose of cold.
By Michaela MacDonald

LUBBOCK, TX -- A powerful winter storm has burried the northeast and midwest in snow. Now, they're dealing with extremely cold temperatures.

"This is some of the coldest air we've seen in a couple of decades actually, sometime around 1996 or so some of the coldest air we were experiencing then we are experiencing similar to that with this round of cold air," said Steven Cobb, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lubbock.

"We are talking about lows in the negative 20s in the far northern parts of the country, add that to the wind, we've got windchills somewhere in the 40 to 50 degree below zero range which is extremely dangerous and life threatening," he said.

He says the South Plains won't be seeing any moisture, but we will see frigid temperatures overnight.

"The coldest air is going to be arriving overnight. We are looking at overnight lows around single digits, overnight low windchills though will be around zero to negative five range around day break Monday morning," said Cobb.

Cobb says temperatures that low can be dangerous.

"The main thing tomorrow morning, to be outside, with exposed skin, probably a matter of 30 minutes 45 minutes you could have some small, light frost bite with cold air temperatures," he said.

And he says to leave extra time for your Monday morning commute.

"I would caution people to be alert for any ice on the roadways, especially if someobdy still has their sprinkler on or there is some water that is still on the roads it will easily freeze. Also, allow your car to warm up for plenty of time and then also just bundle up as you go out into the morning," said Cobb.

Cobb says Tuesday morning will be very cold as well, but we should warm up to the 50s by Tuesday afternoon.

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