Weather Alert Day: Strong winds, dangerously cold wind chills Thursday night to Friday morning

Wind chill temperatures could drop between -10 to -25 degrees.

Wind Chills screenshot 9AM 12/15/2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Wind gusts could push over 50 mph and wind chills could drop as low -10 to -25º Thursday night into early Friday.

Warnings & Advisories:

  • High Wind Warning: Hampden, Hampshire & Franklin Counties from 5:00 p.m. today until 4:00 a.m. Friday. Winds could gust over 50 mph this evening. Power outages and tree damage is possible.
  • Wind Advisory: Berkshire County from 5:00 p.m. today until 3:00 a.m. Friday. Winds could gust over 40 mph this evening. Isolated power outages and some minor tree damage is possible.
  • Wind Chill Advisory: Hampden, Hampshire & Franklin Counties from 10:00 p.m. today until 11:00 a.m. Friday. Wind chills -10 to -20 tonight into Friday morning.
  • Wind Chill Advisory: Berkshire County from 7:00p.m. today until 9:00 a.m. Friday. Wind chills -15 to -25 tonight into early Friday.

Today’s Forecast

Winds: In preparation for strong winds, bring in or tie down inflatable lawn ornaments, empty trash bins, or any loose items that could blow around your home. Prepare for possible power outages into the night as winds could gust over 50 mph at times.

Cold: Plan on air temperatures dropping into the low single digits. Car batteries could fail and it’s possible that pipes could freeze with temperatures this cold. It’s not a bad idea to slowly drop water faucets to keep pipes from freezing.

Wind Chills: From late afternoon through Friday morning wind chills below zero could lead to frost bite on exposed skin in less than 30 minutes. Limit your skin’s exposure to the cold in order to protect yourself.

Snow: Flurries or some briefly heavy snow showers are possible Thursday and especially Thursday evening. If a snow shower pops up over you, visibility may drop and snow may coat the ground quickly. Coverage looks to be scattered, so not everyone will see snow showers. As far as snow accumulation possibilities…here’s our snowfall forecast through Thursday night. 

Improvements: As we go through the day on Friday the winds will quickly drop off improving the wind chill temperatures and reducing concerns for wind damage.

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