As of 5 a.m. today, the temperature in Barrow County had plunged to 8 degrees Fahrenheit. But with the wind chill factor, it felt like 4 degrees below zero.
Because of the potential adverse health effects from the cold, Barrow County schools are closed. However, county government offices will open as usual. Tonight's regular meeting of the Winder City Council at 6 p.m. is still on.
Temperatures are not expected to climb to above 20 degrees until 1 p.m. today, with the high of 26-28 degrees to be reached in the late afternoon. Skies will be sunny.
This area is under a "wind chill advisory" until 1 p.m. today with winds coming from the west-northwest at 10-15 miles per hour and gusts up to 25 miles per hour. The National Weather Service advisory for Barrow County states that "very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite or hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors… make sure you wear a hat and gloves."
It will be cold again Wednesday morning, but the forecast calls for a low tomorrow of 17-18 degrees and a high Wednesday afternoon in the low 40s.
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