Forecast calls for colder weather

Published 8:36 pm Monday, January 12, 2009

Extremely chilly temperatures will sweep through the area this week.

With a major pattern change and an amplifying trough throughout the entire eastern half of the U.S., from the Arctic to central Alabama, Pike County residents can expect anything and everything cold.

Low temperatures will be in the 20s through Wednesday and fall even further on Thursday with a low of 14.

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Friday and Saturday will end in the 20s.

The highs throughout the week will be in the upper 40s and 50s.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin Laws said that for at least the next week the freezing temperatures are around to stay.

Laws said that the forecast doesn’t have Troy above freezing for the low temperature until after next Wednesday.

He said a big concern should be wind chills.

Thursday is the biggest concern with the wind chill for Troy making it feel like 2 degrees outside.

For other areas of Pike County the wind chill could be in negative numbers.

Even with the possible negative wind chills, there is no snow in the forecast, Laws said.

EMA Director Larry Davis said their biggest concern is the elderly, sick and afflicted, who may not have heat, and whose pipes could break.

Davis said it’s important for people to be good neighbors and check on these people so that no one falls through the crack.

Davis also said it’s important for people to be careful when using open flames, be sure to use them in a vented room, and take precautions with kerosene heaters.

“It will be tough on people,” Davis said. “Power rates will go up.”

Don’t forget to bring flowers in doors, bring pets to a warm place, and wrap up any exposed pipes to keep them from freezing and then bursting.