A wind advisory is in effect for northwestern McDowell from 10 p.m. tonight until noon Thursday.
Very cold wind chills expected around much of the mountains of western North Carolina. Wind chill values will likely fall to between 5 and 15 degrees below zero. Very windy conditions will also develop, with northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph arriving overnight, with gusts of 35 to 45 mph at times, especially along the higher ridges.
The cold wind chills will cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. The winds may blow around loose objects, and isolated power outages will be possible.
A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.