Wednesday night, a surge of Arctic air will push through the Big Country, beginning a seven day stretch of brutally cold air and ice too. Precipitation expected to beging early Thursday morning across the northern and western Big Country, then move southeast across the area during the day Thursday. Temperatures around 30 Thursday morning will slowly fall into the 20's Thursday afternoon. The heaviest precipitation is expected to hold off until Thursday night into Friday morning. Therefore, a Winter Storm WARNING is in effect from noon Thursday through noon Friday. Ice accumulations over one quarter of an inch, upwards to a half inch, are possible, indeed likely. The moisture should end Friday afternoon but since temperatures will be in the low 20's Friday, everything sticks and remains frozen through Saturday. Hopefully, on Sunday afternoon, we'll see a few hours of temperatures slightly above freezing. However, on Monday, temperatures drop back below freezing again until next Wednesday. This is rare extreme cold for us, especially in December. Please protect your pipes as overnight lows Friday through Monday night will be in the teens. Make sure you have food to eat for three days without getting outside. Make sure vehicles are full of gas to avoid having to get out in the cold to pump gas. Make sure pets and livestock are well cared for and have plenty of food and shelter.
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