Coldest Air In Decades Threatens To Freeze Pipes In South, East

Monday, January 6, 2014

AccuWeather.com reports temperatures Monday night and Tuesday over much of the interior South and the mid-Atlantic will venture into territory that has not been felt in two decades.

The arctic blast will bring the risk of frostbite and hypothermia to those not property dressed. It will also bring the potential for dead car batteries, frozen pipes and power outages.

In some areas, moisture left behind from recent rainfall may not only cause car doors to freeze shut, but could produce patches of black ice on untreated roads and sidewalks.

Lows will be in the single digits Monday night from Little Rock, Ark., to Birmingham, Ala.; Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia and New York City.

Temperatures in many of these locations have not been this low since the arctic outbreaks of January 1997, February 1996 and January of 1994.

Wind and other atmospheric conditions will result in RealFeel® temperatures averaging 10 to 20 degrees lower than the actual temperature. Wind chill watches and warnings were issued for 25 states Monday.

The intense winter weather in the Midwest has closed some telephone call centers and could result in long hold times. Charles Schwab investment services was among one of the companies reporting delays on Monday.

Along the I-95 mid-Atlantic corridor, the arctic air was just arriving on the scene Monday. Temperatures will feel 60 to 80 degrees lower Tuesday morning, compared to how it felt Monday morning.

During Monday morning, the Electric Emergency Reliability Council of Texas announced an Energy Emergency Alert. The measure is the first of two stages to thwart rotating power outages, by bringing online all available means to generate electricity and asking home and business owners to conserve.

While temperatures are forecast to fall short of the cold outbreak of January 2010 in Texas, the state will set record lows Tuesday morning.

Across much of the northern Plains and in part of the Midwest, RealFeel temperatures dipped to the 40- to 70-below-zero range Monday morning and forced some schools to close.

According to AccuWeather.com Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, "The temperature of minus 16 degrees Monday morning became the first January record low temperature of the 21st century for Chicago's O'Hare Airport."

In parts of the South and the East, some record low temperatures for the date set as far back as the 1800s will be broken Tuesday morning.

According to Agricultural Weather Expert Dale Mohler, "While there will be a freeze in central Florida Tuesday morning, damaging cold is not expected in the citrus groves."

Just as the worst of the cold will stay north of the Florida Peninsula, it will swing south of New England.



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BABBS, JULIAN  6505 BALLARD DR CHATTANOOGA, 37421  Age at Arrest: 18 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga THEFT OF PROPERTY --- BABCOCK, JEREMY RAY  1134 SHADY FORK RD CHATTANOOGA, 37421  Age at Arrest: 36 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE ... (click for more)

Attorney General Says Bradley County Does Not Have To Share Proceeds From Hotel/Motel Tax With Municipalities

The state attorney general's office has ruled that Bradley County government is not required to share proceeds of the hotel/motel tax with municipalities within the county. The ruling says the law states that 25 percent goes to general government, 25 percent to tourism, 25 percent to industrial recruitment and 25 percent to the agri-business center (or to general government). ... (click for more)

What Our Schools Are And Have Been Doing About Bullying

Bullying has been a widely discussed topic during the last few weeks in the wake of the incident involving the Ooltewah High basketball team.  Contrary to public opinion, Hamilton County Schools have not been passive in our efforts to address bullying now or for the past several years.  Unfortunately, bullying is a societal norm that is infiltrating our school community, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Warmth For Cold Days

I come across all sorts of warm things every day and as we burrow out of sub-freezing temperatures for a day or two, shaking off ice and snow, allow me to share a few things for a change that may take the bite out of the winter wind. This is what helps me. * * * Judy Bellenfant, who has been a soul mate ever since we shared jokes in high school classrooms, sends along this ... (click for more)

District 5-3A Hoops Haunted By The Owls' Absence

ATHENS, Tenn. – District 5-3A basketball coaches gathered here on Wednesday to set up brackets and choose regular season All-District teams. In terms of all-district selections, the coaches did that fairly simple matter of voting and tabulating the numbers in short order. Bradley Central swept the top player honors when Cole Copeland and Rhyne Howard were selected to the ... (click for more)

Red Bank Picked To Win Region 2-A/AA Wrestling

It appears that the Red Bank Lions will be the target for teams involved in the Region 2-A/AA wrestling tournament being held at Hixson Middle School this weekend. The Lions, fresh off Saturday's A-AA State Duals title, are the early favorites for the upcoming tournament after claiming six number-one seeds in the 14 weight classes during the seeding meeting held Wednesday at ... (click for more)