Cold temperatures, freezing rain will close out 2017

National Weather Service
The National Weather Service offered advice on how to dress for the coming cold

National Weather Service forecasts have subzero temperatures through Thursday, when the high is just 4 degrees, and lows as cold as minus 25 through the rest of the week.

By Wednesday, temperatures may reach a high of 9 degrees with a wind chill of -19 degrees, forecasters predict.

Well below normal temperatures are expected for the New Year's weekend with wind chill advisory conditions again expected to be met on Sunday and Monday morning, according to the weather service. "If you have the ability to stay inside, do it".

The weather service says very light snow or ice accumulations are possible.

SATURDAY: There will be a 30 percent chance of snow throughout the day.

A "cold Arctic air mass" is expected to hit the Upstate from the north later this week, according to the weather service.

The week after Christmas has some brutally cold temperatures in store, with only three days of temperatures above single digits. Gilmore said any precipitation that falls is not expected to freeze.

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"The colder it gets the more people will try to get out of the cold", he said.

Additionally, he said people should always have a means of communication. Otherwise, he said, "Your body will start pulling blood to the vital organs and the first thing to go is the fingers and toes".

Put on extra layers of clothes, blankets, etc. Temperatures should hover at between the mid-30s and low-50s. If it does come, the forecast calls for snowfall of up to an inch starting late Sunday night.

"They depend on us for their safety and well-being", he said.

Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

Majors recommended testing both carbon monoxide and smoke detectors before using extra heating sources such as space heaters.

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