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ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County area residents during the next two days are being advised to bundle up and stay inside if possible as wind-chill temperatures that have not been experienced in Southeastern North Carolina in 20 years are expected.

The National Weather Service is forecasting that today’s mild temperatures of about 55 degrees will drop to a low of about 15 degrees overnight as a cold front arrives. Those temperatures, combined with scattered showers and 15 to 18 mph winds, will give the feeling of below-zero temperatures, according to Josh Weiss, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Tuesday won’t bring any relief as it is expected to be the coldest day of the week, with a high of 29 degrees and low of 14 degrees, though skies will be clear.

“When you get weather this cold, you definitely want to take the precautions, especially if you are working outdoors,” Weiss said. “Dress in layers and try not to stay outside too long as it is possible to suffer frostbite in these kind of temperatures.”

Some precautions to keep in mind for today and Tuesday include covering up plants, opening pipes to prevent freezing water and keeping any pets indoors.

A warming trend will begin on Wednesday, with a high of 43 degrees, and temperatures will inch upward from there throughout the week, with Thursday having highs in the lower 50s, Friday having highs in the upper 50s, and both Saturday and Sunday experiencing highs in the lower 60s.

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