Bitter cold, strong wind to sweep through Southern Vermont


A bitterly cold blast of Arctic air will bring low temperatures and strong gusts of wind that will last through Tuesday, according to weather forecasters.

The wind gusts Tuesday could be enough to take down tree limbs and power lines, according to Brian Frugis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y. The office has a wind advisory in effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

"We're expecting wind gusts up to 40 or 45 miles per hour," Frugis said Monday. "The whole region will be seeing some pretty gusty winds."

Tuesday will be partly sunny, he said, but temperatures will only rise to the teens. With the wind chill factor, it could feel as cold as the single digits and zero. Tuesday night could drop into the single digits.

Those venturing out into the frozen tundra Tuesday should bundle up and cover exposed skin to prevent frostbite, and individuals should make sure animals have proper protection, according to website

"The arctic deep freeze will last two to three days in most places," according to Paul Pastelok, long-range meteorologist for

The website reported the steady stream of frigid air began affecting the Midwest before the weekend. Parts of eastern North Dakota, Minnesota and northeastern Iowa were not expected to reach temperatures above zero until Tuesday, making for a total of 72 hours of subzero readings.

The southern Vermont region won't experience the same cold spell as the Midwest, although temperatures will be 10-15 degrees below average for a couple of days. As the week progresses, temperatures are expected to reach the mid-20s in the day and to dip in the single digits at night.

According to preliminary monthly climate data from the NWS, the average monthly temperature is about 26, some 5 degrees higher than normal.

The .92 inches of precipitation received as of Monday is three-quarters of an inch below normal.

Two days tied for the coldest temperature — a low of 2 was recorded on both Jan. 5 and 6 at the William H. Morse State Airport in Bennington. Jan. 10, with a high of 56, took the title of warmest day. That day also was the only instance of thunder, a rare occasion in cold, dry winter months. Jan. 10 also shares the month's strongest recorded peak wind speed — 42 miles per hour — with Jan. 11.

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