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NWS: Wind chills to fall to single digits, city leaders on alert

Jonathan Malone and Laterrisa McKenney share different opinions about the cold weather. Jonathan Malone and Laterrisa McKenney share different opinions about the cold weather.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

National Weather Service experts warn that wind chill temperatures will fall to 5 to 10 degrees by Thursday morning in areas above Interstate 10.

The advisory was issued for all of south Georgia during the evening hours Wednesday into Thursday morning.

Forecasters say a wind chill advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills.

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Albany city leaders want to make sure residents are prepared for the arctic blast.

Albany Commissioner Jon Howard says he's calling folks making sure they're ready.

He wants to make sure that people have a working heater, plenty of gas, and working detectors.

He urges people who don't have adequate heating to stay with friends because this kind of cold can be dangerous.

Commissioner Howard's neighbors Jonathan Malone and Laterrisa McKenney love each other, but share different opinions about the cold weather.

"Well I'm ready for it. I love it. I'm used to it. I'm a northerner," said Malone.

"I ain't too much hot about it you know, because I like warm weather," explained McKenney.

But they do agree that their electric bills will be higher.

Commissioner Howard said many homes in Albany are older, and not as efficient as others.

"These homes were built in the mid 50s and of course there have been some upgrades but when they were first built there was not a lot of insulation put into them."

He urges people to bring pets inside and not to leave space heaters on for long periods of time.

Meanwhile, Malone and McKenney said another strategy they plan to use: simply cuddling.

Frostbite and hypothermia are possible if precautions are not taken for the cold weather.

Experts warn if you must go outside, make sure to wear a hat and gloves.

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