Another band of arctic air began creeping across the U.S. on Monday, bringing a wave of frigid temperatures that
could linger for most of the week across the upper Midwest and New England.
Carter County and Elizabethton won’t escape the effects of this round of bitter cold, but the impact should be less severe than the recent “polar vortex.”
Today’s high in the mid-30s was expected to come late this morning before the temperature begins to drop – dramatically.
News Channel 11, the Weather Channel and AccuWeather.com each forecast a wintry mix this morning turning to all snow this afternoon.
Snow is expected to continue at higher elevations this evening and tonight.
Accumulations were expected to range between less than an inch to three inches.
The snow chance will drop tonight, as will the temperature – a low temperature around 8 degrees – with a wind chill of zero to 5 below.
Carter County Schools were closed today, but as of 7:30 a.m., city schools were running on a normal schedule.
Wednesday should be sunny and cold in Carter County, with temperatures in the low 20s.
Temperatures plunged below zero in North Dakota and northern Minnesota on Monday morning. The cold front was expected to sweep south into Iowa and as far east as Maine by Tuesday night, and remain entrenched through Thursday.
The bitter blast will lead to a swath of subzero temperatures, with highs in the single digits and wind chills of minus 20 or colder, said Paul Collar, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
“It’s not to the extent of the last outbreak but it’s still bitterly cold,” he said, referring to the recent polar vortex that sent temperatures plunging well below zero across much of the country and was blamed for at least a dozen deaths.
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