Q2 Weather: Snow and very cold with unsafe travel

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The snow will continue to overspread the area from west to east during the morning, then stick around into the afternoon before tapering back to snow showers. And there is no relief in the short-term making extra caution needed for any New Year's Eve celebrations. Snow will be on the lighter side, with only minor accumulations under an inch for most, if any at all. Blacksburg's high of 23 was the coldest December 28 high on record, eclipsing 28 from 1995, while Roanoke's 26 barely topped the record 25 in 1925 (when the low was 4, the record low for the date). Winds out of the southwest that morning will lead to daytime highs close to 30°, but another round of arctic air will pour in during the afternoon. Wind chills during the day will dip as low as 10 below zero.

No surprise, it's another very cold start to the day with wind chills down into the teens and single digits. We bring in 2018, gusty and brutally cold, with afternoon highs only in the teens. However, all and all we're splitting hairs since it felt like it was in the upper single digits to middle teens throughout the day. On Tuesday, the National Weather Service expects temperatures in the Highland Lakes to climb into the lower to mid-30s with partly sunny skies. But climatologically speaking this is nothing compared to some of the coldest temperatures on record. The arctic air hangs around much of next week with sub-freezing temperatures possible through next Thursday.

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The biggest story over the weekend continues to be the bitter cold. Wind chills are expected to ranged from minus 15 to minus 25 degrees. If you have travel plans heading north and northeast of Central Texas be advised that the Arctic air is creating problems in these sections of the country.

The FOX43 Weather Team is keeping you "Weather Smart" all week long!

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