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Polar Plunge: The mercury is falling fast in southern West Virginia

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UPDATE LATE MONDAY:

Lows will range close to -3 to -6F overnight.  The record low temperature for January 28 for Beckley is -17F in 1963.  That same day also set a record for the coldest high temperature with 13F as the high.  The Stormtracker 59 forecast is calling for approximately 11F as a high, which would be a new record if that occurs.  Stay tuned as we track the temperatures in the coming hours.  Wind Chill Advisories and Wind Chill Warnings are in effect across the region overnight.  The Wind Chill could feel as cold as -15F in the Advisory areas and as cold as -20 to -30F in the Warning areas through mid morning Tuesday. 

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UPDATE: We're starting out day with temperatures around the average for daytime highs but frigid air is quickly moving into the area. A brief shower moves into the sate but quickly switched to snow as cold air overran the moisture. At 5am Charleston was around 50 degrees and by 7am the temps had already dropped to the upper 20s. The Arctic air will push through the area and temperatures will drop to the teens by later this afternoon. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the northern counties in the 59 News viewing area until 4pm for the possibility of 1" to 2" of accumulation. We could also experience a flash freeze with the drastic drop in temperatures. Roads that are wet for the morning commute could be frozen by as early as noon.

Winds will pick up as the cold air arrives, possibly gusting up to 30mph throughout the day and into the evening. Wind chill values will drop throughout the afternoon, dropping below 0 by the evening commute. A Wind Chill Advisory/Warning is in effect for the entire area this afternoon through midmorning Tuesday. Wind chill values could drop as low as -20 by early Tuesday morning. Tuesday highs will remain in the single digits for the entire area as skies start to clear.

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The next round if extreme cold will impact us throughout the day on Monday and continue until late Wednesday.  Records will be challenged, if not broken on Tuesday and deadly wind chills are possible as well.

TIMELINE: Snow showers will begin to move into the area early Monday morning.  Across parts of Southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia, we could see some light rain mixing with snow showers before changing over to all snow.  Temperatures will be warmest on Monday at midnight and continue to drop all day, especially as the cold front passes through the area just before sunrise.  Tuesday is just dry and cold, same thing for Wednesday and Thursday begins cold but "warms up" to near freezing for the afternoon high.  Friday we'll have light snow and the weekend is advertising a wintry mix.

WIND CHILL WATCH:  This has been issued for the eastern half of the 59 News viewing area.  These are areas where wind chills on Tuesday have the potential to reach a deadly level.  Wind chill readings will dip to -20 to -30 and at these rates frost bite can occur in 5 to 10 minutes, hypothermia is likely after that and then eventual death.  We've had people freeze to death this year...we don't need anymore deaths!  This Wind Chill Watch will most likely be upgraded to a Warning once we get closer to the event.

BREAKING RECORDS:  We are looking at breaking the "record low max" for Tuesday.  In other words, we've never seen a high temperature on Tuesday that's ever been this cold!

PATTERN CHANGE:  Thankfully, the extremely cold pattern will return back to its Canadian roots.  That leaves the Two Virginias on the cusp of some entertaining storms.  So, instead of the extremely cold weather pattern, we'll be dealing with big storms that are very tough to forecast.  Some of these will have more ice involved as well as some more extreme differences in snow totals.  There's a global pattern shift that we're watching and the ground game comes right across our region.  So stay tuned and we'll keep "Working for You"!