Chance for snow, dangerous wind chills usher in 2018

A wind chill advisory lasts from midnight to noon on Monday. Wind chill values from -10 to 5 degrees are possible in the highlighted counties. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

An Arctic air mass diving into the Southeastern United States will bring in bitterly cold temperatures to start the new year, along with potentially dangerous wind chills.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for Buncombe, Avery, Madison, Yancey, Mitchell, Swain, Haywood, Graham, North Jackson, and Macon Counties.

The advisory goes into effect at midnight and lasts until noon on Monday.

Wind chill values could range from 5 above zero to 10 below zero, which could cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

Temperatures are forecast to be in the low 20's to upper teens across the mountains at around midnight. Wind chills will likely be in the teens in the hours leading up to midnight as well.

Be sure to wear appropriate clothing including hats and gloves.

Moisture moving across the mountains throughout the day will also bring a chance for some light snow. The best chance will be in the afternoon and early evening.

Areas that see snow are likely to receieve between a dusting to half an inch. The highest totals could reach up to an inch for higher elevations mostly in Transylvania and Jackson Counties.

Light snow was reported in Boone at 9:30 am.

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