Frigid air expected to pose health risks, wind chills below zero

Some extremely cold weather is headed our way, with single-digit temperatures expected overnight. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for a large part of central North Carolina.

This map shows the forecast of apparent temperatures for 6 a.m. on Tue., Jan. 7, 2014, in part of the Piedmont section of North Carolina. (NWS graphic)

This map shows the forecast of apparent temperatures for 6 a.m. on Tue., Jan. 7, 2014, in part of the Piedmont section of North Carolina. (NWS graphic)

A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chill readings.

Forecasters say wind chill values are expected to fall rapidly into the teens and single digits late this evening across the northern and western Piedmont, bottoming out at -5 to -10 degrees around sunrise Tuesday. In Montgomery County, wind chills are expected to be around -6 degrees.

Experts say the will chills will be low enough to result in frost bite and hypothermia, and they encourage people to stay indoors, if possible. Hats, gloves and several layers of clothing are recommended if you must go outdoors tonight and early tomorrow morning.

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