Updated statement concerning Arctic cold blast

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
CIRRUS WEATHER SOLUTIONS – MEMPHISWEATHER.NET
335 PM CST SAT DEC 11 2010

…BLAST OF WINTER EXPECTED TO BEGIN TONIGHT AND PERSIST THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK…

A STRONG ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH THE MID-SOUTH TONIGHT… BRINGING VERY COLD ARCTIC AIR INTO THE REGION. A TIGHTENING PRESSURE GRADIENT WILL CAUSE WINDS TO STRENGTHEN LATE TONIGHT AND PERSIST UNTIL SUNDAY NIGHT. SUSTAINED WINDS AROUND 25 MPH AND WIND GUSTS OF 40 MPH ARE POSSIBLE DURING THIS TIME FRAME.

HIGHS SUNDAY ARE LIKELY TO ONLY REACH THE MID 30S. COLDER AIR WILL CONTINUE SPILLING SOUTHEAST INTO THE MID-SOUTH SUNDAY NIGHT WITH TEMPERATURES DROPPING INTO THE MID TEENS. THESE TEMPERATURES IN COMBINATION WITH THE GUSTY WINDS SHOULD SEND WIND CHILL READINGS NEAR ZERO BY EARLY MONDAY MORNING. WIND CHILL ADVISORIES WILL LIKELY BE NEEDED FOR PARTS OF THE AREA SUNDAY NIGHT. THE COLD TEMPERATURES WILL PERSIST MONDAY WITH HIGHS SLIGHTLY BELOW FREEZING AND LOWS AGAIN IN THE TEENS TUESDAY MORNING.

IN ADDITION TO THE COLD… MOISTURE WRAPPING AROUND THE LOW MAY PRODUCE SOME SNOW SHOWERS ACROSS THE AREA LATE TONIGHT AND SUNDAY. LITTLE…IF ANY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

RESIDENTS OF THE MID-SOUTH SHOULD PREPARE FOR A BIG SHIFT TO VERY COLD WEATHER FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEKEND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK. CONSIDER WINTERIZING YOUR VEHICLE… LETTING FAUCETS DRIP SLIGHTLY TO AVOID BURSTING PIPES…AND BRINGING OUTDOOR PETS INSIDE FROM THE COLD.

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