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Record cold weather possible today, with dangerous wind chill

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Good Tuesday.  You know the drill.  Protect the pipes and pets, and dress the kids in layers.  It is COLD this morning.

Temperatures widespread are in the low to mid 20s, but northwest winds this morning are making it feel like it is in the teens.  There is even a wind chill advisory for the north Georgia mountains above 2000' where wind chills are expected to be in single digits.  As we move through the day, we will only warm into the low to mid 30s.  The forecast high for Chattanooga is 34 which would tie the record cold high set way back in 1903.  Winds will blow through the day at 10-15 mph, so wind chills will be a concern all day long.  We have seen some light morning snow showers on the Cumberland Plateau with a few flurries drifting into the valley.  I expect little to no accumulation or travel problems related to snow, and skies will begin to clear later this morning.

Tonight will see the cold air continuing.  We will already be back down into the 20s by 6pm, and we will continue to drop to the low 20s through the night.  We should stay north of the record low of 17, if that helps you feel better.  Winds will be light heading into Wednesday.

Wednesday afternoon, light southerly breezes will help take the edge off the cold.  Highs will climb into the mid 40s.  That's better, but still well short of the average high of about 60.  The warming trend will continue through the week with highs in the upper 50s by Friday and Saturday.  We will stay dry until Sunday morning.  Then I expect widespread rainfall.  It will be warm Sunday, as well, with lows in the 40s and highs in the mid 60s.

For the latest, download the WRCB weather app.  David Karnes

TUESDAY:

8am... Mostly Cloudy / Breezy, 24

Noon... Partly Cloudy / Breezy, 30

5pm... Mostly Sunny, 32

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