Extremely cold, blustery for Christmas holiday weekend; Below zero wind chills tonight; Wind Chill Advisory extended

Extremely cold and blustery weather persists into the Christmas holiday weekend, with more snow expected Monday.

A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect through 5 p.m. Christmas Day, issued by the National Weather Service in Wilmington. Wind chills as low as minus 25 degrees are possible.

Clouds have been filling back in and expect mainly cloudy conditions through the rest of the day, NWS said.

Many roads are still slick with patches of ice and snow, NWS said. It is recommended to use extra caution if people must drive today.

For those who must travel, be prepared with a blanket, ice scraper, flashlight with extra batteries, fully charged cellphone, unfrozen water and snack food in case of an emergency.

Temperatures will rebound somewhat today for Christmas Eve, but it will remain dangerously cold. Highs will only reach the single digits to middle teens. Also, wind gusts close to 40 mph will produce wind chills from minus 10 to minus 24 degrees. Wind chills this low could cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes on exposed skin, the NWS said.

Expect areas of blowing snow into the early afternoon. Gusts also could bring down tree branches and cause power outages. However, wind gusts will begin to reduce in the afternoon with wind chills slightly improving as the day goes on.

Skies will be mostly cloudy tonight, with lows down to the single digits. Patchy blowing snow is likely before 8 p.m. before winds start to subside. The low will be in the single digits, with wind chill values as low as minus 12 degrees along with gusts more than 30 mph possible.

This year’s white Christmas will be mostly sunny, with a high near 15 degrees. However, it will be quite cold Sunday with wind chill values as low as minus 11 degrees. Christmas night will be partly cloudy with a low around 4 degrees.

Arctic air remains on Monday, when an Alberta clipper will swing across the area, bringing the potential of an inch or so of snow before it exits during the evening, according to the NWS.

It will be mostly cloudy Monday with a high near 21 degrees. Skies will be mostly cloudy Monday night, with an overnight low around 13 degrees.

High pressure will arrive on Tuesday, signaling the beginning of a milder weather pattern, according to the NWS.

A dramatic warmup is expected midweek, with highs in the 50s by Friday accompanied by a chance of rain.

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