Bitter Cold Forecast - Weather Alert

Lake Gaston Guide

Bitterly cold conditions are forecast tonight (12/31) across the Kerr Lake and Lake Gaston area. Arctic air has been spreading into this area since Saturday night and will continue through Monday. A steady northerly wind this evening 5 to 10 mph coupled with temperatures in the upper teens to lower 20s will create wind chill values in the 10 to 15 degree range through 10 PM, and 7 to 12 above zero around midnight.

Wind chills by daybreak Monday will be 3 to 8 above. People venturing outdoors tonight will need to dress for the extremely cold conditions. To best combat the cold, dress in multiple layers, and wear a hat, gloves, and a scarf.

It's not just Lake Country. New Year's Eve is expected to be 20 to 40 degrees colder than usual across much of the United States, forecasters say. As many as 27 record lows are expected to be set on New Year's Day. And 24 record lows for January 2 are possible on Tuesday.

That's on top of record lows set late last week, from Danville, Virginia, to Augusta, Maine.

From Hettinger, North Dakota -- where it was minus 37 degrees Sunday morning -- and the Adirondacks of New York down to the very southern tip of Texas, more than 150 million people were under wind chill alerts in the United States on Sunday morning, more than double Saturday's 70 million.

Of the lower 48 states, only 10 weren't under a wind chill alert, and only two of those are east of the Rocky Mountains: Florida and South Carolina.

Date Updated: 
Sunday, December 31, 2017