December 19, 2008

After near record high temperatures in the mid to upper 60s today across much of the state, an approaching winter storm system will drag an arctic cold front through the Ohio Valley this weekend. UK College of Agriculture Meteorologist Keys Arnold said that by Sunday morning, temperatures will be near 30 degrees with wind speeds around 20 mph.

"These conditions will cause livestock cold stress to reach dangerous levels," he said. "By Monday morning behind the frontal boundary, the coldest temperatures of the season will be in place over the state."

 Monday morning lows could drop into the single digits. Combine these temperatures with wind speeds in the mid to upper teens, wind chill values potentially will drop below zero. These conditions will cause livestock cold stress to reach emergency levels. Livestock producers and pet owners should take precautions and make sure animals have adequate food, water and shelter to make it through this time.

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