Forecasters expect prolonged cold wave

coldAnother blast of arctic air has settled into the mountains and forecasters are expecting a prolonged cold wave.

Low temps the next two mornings will run 15 to 20 degrees below normal and will combine with high winds to create bitterly cold conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for Macon and surrounding counties beginning at 6 p.m. this evening through 11 a.m. Friday.

A special weather statement was issued by the National Weather Service saying the cold weather will result in high demands for electricity across the region and power outages may result.

Those who require electricity for heating or medical equipment should consider backup heating or electrical sources.

In your home, consider allowing indoor plumbing fixtures to drip to prevent frozen water pipes.

Also remember to check on family, friends, and elderly neighbors who might susceptible to the cold. Do not forget about your pets and livestock; make sure they have a source of water that won’t freeze and a warm place to take shelter.