- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - An arctic cold front is set to sweep into Virginia, bringing dangerously cold wind chills.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a wind chill advisory from midnight Wednesday until 6 a.m. Friday for parts of southwest Virginia and from the Blue Ridge westward.

Temperatures are expected to be in the teens to lower 20s and then drop into the single digits Thursday night. Wind chills could be 5 to 10 degrees below zero.

The cold snap is affecting much of the country. The Climate Prediction Center expects below-normal temperatures this weekend and into Monday across the entire northern half of the U.S.

The weather service urges anyone who plans to spend time outdoors to dress warmly and make sure all exposed skin is covered.

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