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Deep Freeze Brings Bitter Cold Wind Chills To Tri-State Area, Most Schools Closed

Reported: Jan. 7, 2014 6:31 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 7, 2014 1:03 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Bethany Simmons, Doug Harlow, AP) -- Temperatures across West Virginia fell to frigid temperatures Monday night.

The National Weather Service's website showed temperatures fell to 5 degrees below zero in Lewisburg and 4 degrees below zero in both Bluefield and Morgantown on Monday night. The three cities broke records for Jan. 6 that were set back in 1988.

The city of Pakersburg also tied a record set in 1942 as the temperatures fell to minus 3 degrees. Meanwhile, about 6 a.m., Beckley, Elkins and Lewisburg all reported minus 8 degrees. Wind chill warnings remain in effect across the Mountain State.

Eyewitness News Storm Team Meteorologist Doug Harlow said that gusty winds put wind chills down to -20 to -30 overnight Monday into Tuesday and that Tuesday's 6 a.m. wind chills were the lowest they had been in 20 years.

Harlow also warned that frostbite is possible in less than 20 minutes on skin that is exposed to the bitter cold. The Eyewitness News Storm Team was forecasting the high for Tuesday would reach about 10 degrees, but that it would remain blustery throughout the day.

Conditions could be even more frigid in higher elevations. The temperature at Snowshoe about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday was actually -15 with a wind chill of -40.

Watch your exclusive Eyewitness News Storm Team forecast on the Weather page of wchstv.com.

Most schools throughout the Eyewitness News viewing area were closed Monday and Tuesday. See a complete list of school closings and delays on wchstv.com.

Meanwhile, a few hundred West Virginian's were without power Tuesday. Some 170 Appalachian Power customers in Wayne County and 165 customers in Putnam County were in the dark as of about 7 a.m., according to Appalachian Power's website. You can get the most updated power outage numbers across our region by logging on to Appalachian Power's website and clicking "outages."

-Graphic was created by Meteorologist Doug Harlow and is from Tuesday at approximately 6 a.m.

AP contributed to this report.



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