By Dee Ann Campbell
Weather and Emergency Management officials are warning residents in the Choctaw County area to be prepared for a prolonged period of temperatures that are far below normal. According to a report from the Choctaw County EMA, significantly cold temperatures are expected to hit the area on New Year’s Eve and remain over the next week.
During this time period, overnight lows are expected to hover in the teens and 20s, with wind chills dipping into the single digits.
A chance of precipitation is predicted during the day on New Year’s Eve, mainly in the form of cold rain, but there will be a slight chance for other forms of precipitation, including a light wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet in the late afternoon to early evening on Sunday. No accumulation is expected.
According to the EMA, hard freezes watches and warning, along with wind chill advisories, will likely be put into effect for the area for late this weekend into next week.
“Remember the four ‘P’s’ during this cold outbreak – People, Pets, Plants, and Pipes,” EMA Director Tyler Davidson said. “Please ensure all of these are protected this week.”