Harlan County residents were bracing for another blast of winter weather overnight as the forecast today continues to call for snow and much colder temperatures.
A winter weather advisory was issued for the county from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. With temperatures climbing to the mid 50s on Monday, residents took advantage of the Martin Luther King holiday to spend time in local parks, wash cars and other outdoor activities.
However, the National Weather Service said temperatures were to spiral downward with single digit lows predicted while highs are expected to range from the teens to slightly above freezing for the remainder of the week.
The weather service said “snow may be briefly heavy at times” today and, combined with north winds gusting to 30 miles per hour will “significantly reduce visibilities. The showery nature of the snow will allow for accumulation on roadways quite quickly… creating hazardous traveling conditions” through evening hours.
The predicted precipitation amounts range from 1 inch of snow in the valleys up to 3 inches on the ridges.
“The highest peaks along the Virginia border will receive higher amounts,” according to the weather service statement.
Residents should expect wind chills to fall to near or below zero at times this week.
“With the arrival of air this cold, care should be taken with outdoor animals and pets, along with pipes prone to freezing,” the special weather statement advised.