A wind advisory goes into effect from 10 am this morning to 7 pm this evening. A wind chill advisory goes into effect at 7 pm tonight and lasts until 10 am tomorrow. Dangerously low wind chills are expected tonight into Thursday.

A significant surge of Arctic air will filter into the region today. Temperatures will drop steadily through the afternoon and evening, bottoming out from as low as -5 in the west to +10 in the southeast early Thursday. Northwest winds will increase this morning and become strong and gusty through the afternoon into the evening, and remain brisk even into early Thursday. The combination of the very cold temperatures and strong, gusty winds will result in very low and potentially dangerous wind chills this evening through Thursday morning. Many areas along and west of the Blue Ridge tonight into Thursday morning will experience dangerously low wind chills as low as -15 and as low as -25 in western Greenbrier County West Virginia. Further east across the Virginia Piedmont and Southside Virginia, wind chill values will drop as low as -5 to +5 overnight and into early Thursday morning with wind chill readings across the North Carolina Piedmont and foothills mostly in the +5 to +10 range.

If you plan to be outside today, tonight, or Thursday, please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family members against the bitterly cold conditions. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if proper precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves and several layers of clothing.

Strong westerly winds will occur today with wind gusts over 50 mph along and west of the Blue Ridge at the higher elevations. Power outages are possible and loss of power may render primary heating units inoperable during this bitter cold snap.

In the forecast for Martinsville – Sunny today, 34 degrees with wind gusts up to 45 mph. Clear tonight, wind gusts up to 23 mph and a low of 7 and a wind chill of -1. Sunny Thursday and 34 with a wind chill of -1.