Dangerously low temps forecasted early next week for Vicksburg area

Published 9:36 pm Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Temperatures in the River City will drop to dangerous levels early next week, Monday, Jan. 15  through Wednesday, Jan. 17.

National Weather Service forecasted lows Sunday night are expected to be around 19 degrees with lows on Monday night to be around 11 and Tuesday to be around 17.

Daytime highs are to hover at the freezing mark on Monday and Tuesday.

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Warren County and Vicksburg are sitting at the 3 out of a 4 threat for significant cold weather.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the warning level for the area was Red.

What does the Red mean for us here in Vicksburg, Warren County?

Early next week, low temps are expected to be around 10 to 15 degrees and our high temps will be below freezing, wind chills will be around negative 10 to negative 1 degrees.

Frostbite/Hypothermia is likely with prolonged exposure and damage is expected to exposed pipes.

During this significant and dangerously cold event, residents are advised to remember to protect the four Ps: people, plants, pipes and pets.

How to protect the 4 Ps:

  • Check on the elderly and other vulnerable people in the community.
  • Bring in pets if at all possible, or if you have feral pets like cats, provide them with a warm, dry and wind-free place for them to sleep.
  • Bring in all plants and cover any you cannot bring inside.
  • Protect exposed and exterior pipes. One tried-and-true way to protect pipes is to leave an interior sink or two dripping.

Temps are expected to rebound somewhat by Thurs., Jan. 18, but another polar plunge is expected by the weekend of Jan. 19 through 21.