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Wind chill warning: cold temperatures to hit Coffee County by Thursday night

Dangerously cold temperatures are expected to move into Middle Tennessee by Thursday night into Friday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, a weather maker will bring rain to the midstate — including Coffee County — Thursday with that rain changing to snow showers by Thursday night when temperatures are expected to plummet from 51 degrees on Thursday to single digits by early Friday morning. Whether or not there will be snow accumulations remains unclear at this time.

Windy conditions late Thursday/early Friday morning could bring gusts as high as 35 miles per hour with wind chills as low as negative 13 degrees.

High temperatures on Friday are not expected to rise out of the teens with lows overnight Friday forecast to be around 3 degrees. The same is expected Saturday. 

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These are dangerously cold temperatures. National Weather Service office in Nashville says to remember to check on people, pets, pipes and plants. 

Cold temperatures are also peak times for house fires. Remember to keep space heaters unplugged when not in use and clear of any debris, curtains or other potentially flammable objects.

Wind Chill Warning vs. Watch

  • Wind Chill Warning: Take Action! NWS issues a wind chill warning when dangerously cold wind chill values are expected or occurring. If you are in an area with a wind chill warning, avoid going outside during the coldest parts of the day. If you do go outside, dress in layers, cover exposed skin, and make sure at least one other person knows your whereabouts. Update them when you arrive safely at your destination.
  • Wind Chill Watch: Be Prepared: NWS issues a wind chill watch when dangerously cold wind chill values are possible. As with a warning, adjust your plans to avoid being outside during the coldest parts of the day. Make sure your car has at least a half a tank of gas, and update your winter survival kit.
  • Wind Chill Advisory: Be Aware: NWS issues a wind chill advisory when seasonably cold wind chill values but not extremely cold values are expected or occurring. Be sure you and your loved ones dress appropriately and cover exposed skin when venturing outdoors.

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