Wind chills expected at minus 5 tonight
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Jan 21, 2014 | 763 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Another chilly week is predicted by meteorologists; however, daytime temperatures should rise above the freezing mark while nighttime readings dip into the teens.

Today, National Weather Service forecasters said gusty winds will be associated with the current weather system moving into the South.

“Blustery” is how they have described conditions expected this evening.

A forecast low of 15 degrees tonight, coupled with 30 mph wind gusts, will drive wind chill values to minus-5 degrees at times.

The cold Arctic air will “dive southward from the Plains and Midwest, then easterly to the southeastern states,” the NWS said.

Daytime temperatures are not expected to break out of the 30-degree range until Saturday.

A slight chance of precipitation in the form of snow flurries is also forecast.

After Bradley Countians rode out the polar vortex during the first full week in January, and the thaw was ongoing, plumbers and do-it-yourselfers stayed busy attempting to keep ice from bursting their plumbing.

The lowest temperature recorded was on Jan. 7.

The mercury dipped to 3.6 degrees in the northern part of the county in Charleston.

Blustery weather conditions including snow and ice gripped more than half the nation, creating danger to lives and property.

For approximately 60 hours, the temperatures remained below 32 degrees, creating problems.

According to Cleveland Utilities’ reporting, the polar vortex “pushed residents and businesses to turn up thermostats.”

Record demand was recorded Jan. 7, when “an all-time peak of 240,480 kilowatts” was used, according to a Cleveland Utilities reports.

Wind chill alarms alerted staff at the Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency that day. They will possibly go off again today or tonight.

Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency Director Troy Spence said earlier this month that “people will be creative when it comes to staying warm.”

Cleveland Fire Chief Steve Haun and Bradley County Fire Chief Troy Maney both stressed the importance of following safety guidelines for space heaters.

“Remember the ‘3-Foot Rule,’ which is keep combustibles at least three feet away from any heat source,” Haun said.

Maney and Haun also said to make sure smoke alarms are in place and active, as well as having carbon monoxide detectors in working order.

“We have been fortunate not to have too many residential fires due to the colder weather,” said Haun.

He noted one fire call involved a flue which had heated an inner wall and caused a situation in which firefighters had to tear out a wall to prevent a blaze.

Only minimal damage was reported.

“Other than that, CFD hasn’t had any reports attributed to fires started by alternative heat sources,” added Haun.

Haun also said after last week’s thaw began, a number of running water alarm calls have been answered due to burst pipes.

Maney said BCFR firefighters have responded to flue fires.

“We have also been fortunate,” Maney said.

“Again, we caution residents to be careful with heater placement and make sure to follow all safety rules to the letter,” Maney said.

There have been no injuries reported.