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By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Williamson County residents are advised to either stay indoors or wear plenty of layers Wednesday night, as the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Williamson County. Temperatures are forecast to drop into the single digits that night, with an added wind chill reaching as low as -1 degrees Wednesday morning.
“The coldest temperatures of the winter season will occur Wednesday night as lows will range from 4 to 9 degrees along the Cumberland Plateau Region, and 7 to 14 degrees elsewhere,” writes the National Weather Service in its advisory. “Wednesday night wind chill values will generally be in the single digits.”
Williamson County residents are advised to wear layers and to cover all exposed skin if braving the elements outdoors, and to remember to bring any pets indoors. Residents are also advised to cover any outdoor faucets that aren’t frost proof, as well as to leave a slow drip for any indoor faucets.
As far as snow, there will be a small chance of some light snow dusting early Wednesday morning, as well as on Thursday night into Friday morning. As temperatures rise into the weekend, residents can rest assured that they won’t be facing any icy conditions this week.
The year-low temperatures are caused by an arctic cold front currently moving south across the Eastern United States, which the National Weather Service calls “one of the coldest arctic air mass intrusions in recent memory.” As the cold front continues to move south throughout the week, warmer temperatures are expected to return to Williamson County as soon as Saturday, which has temperatures expected to be in the mid 50s.