Clay County residents braved through cold temperatures Sunday evening into Monday morning and WTHI News 10 Meteorologist David Wire told The Brazil Times he expected lower than normal temperatures to stay in the area through the rest of this week.
"We're below average for sure," he said.
Wire said the average high temperature at this time of year is 40-degrees, with the low being between 20-22.
But with a low-pressure pattern hitting the area, Wire said temperatures would hover lower than normal, perhaps through Christmas.
"As a whole, we're going to be 10-15 degrees below average," he said. "We definitely don't get into this type of weather than often."
Wire said he was projecting a "wintry mix" Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.
"That will make things tricky," he said.
However, he added temperatures could improve slightly Wednesday, but not by much.
The National Weather Service based in Indianapolis called for highs this week to reach 32-degrees, which could take place Thursday. Lows are expected in the teens throughout the week.
"A return to average may not happen until Christmas or after," Wire said. "And we're definitely going to feel it. Heaters are on full blast right now because it's so cold."
Wire said Wabash Valley residents experienced the coldest wind chills this week Monday morning. The coldest wind chill value he read Monday morning was -7 degrees, with an actual temperature of 9-degrees. In addition, he said the highest wind gust he recorded was 31 mph, but said the highest he saw Monday morning was 36 mph near Linton.
Wire said he expected another area of low pressure to move into the area before Christmas, but believed the current system blanketing the valley would be worse.
"This could be the worst system until the end of the year," Wire said. "This pattern is still a bit unsettled."