Call it the wind chill that never ends.

The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg extended the wind chill advisory that has been in effect for most of the week to noon Saturday with gusts up to 45 miles per hour.

With low temperatures, the wind chill results in a “real feel” of cold well before zero, increasing the threat of frozen pipes and other problems related to the cold.

Today’s advisory:

… WIND CHILL ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST SATURDAY… * WHAT… VERY COLD WIND CHILLS EXPECTED. THE COLD WIND CHILLS WILL CAUSE FROSTBITE IN AS LITTLE AS 30 MINUTES TO EXPOSED SKIN. EXPECT WIND CHILLS TO RANGE FROM 5 ABOVE ZERO TO 15 BELOW ZERO. NORTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WILL GUST AS HIGH AS 45 MPH THIS MORNING. * WHERE… PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL VIRGINIA AND SOUTHEAST WEST VIRGINIA. * WHEN… UNTIL NOON EST SATURDAY. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS… THE STRONG WINDS MAY BLOW DOWN WEAK OR DEAD TREES WHICH COULD RESULT IN POWER OUTAGES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT COLD AIR AND THE WIND WILL COMBINE TO CREATE LOW WIND CHILLS. FROST BITE AND HYPOTHERMIA CAN OCCUR IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

More Information

… BITTER COLD WIND CHILLS AND STRONG WINDS THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING… .ARCTIC AIR WILL CONTINUE TO INVADE THE REGION ON VERY STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. BITTER AND DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS WILL OCCUR ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA, WITH THE COLDEST WIND CHILLS IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS THIS MORNING, AND AGAIN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. STRONG WINDS WILL GUST AT TIMES BETWEEN 30 TO 50 MPH, ESPECIALLY ALONG AND WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.

Try to say warm and be careful out there.

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