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ABC-7 First Alert: The first day of winter brings sunshine, cold arctic air arrives Thursday night

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Good morning! Winter officially begins today. As the earth spins on its axis, the Northern Hemisphere is at its furthest point, making the winter solstice the shortest day of the year.

Winter officially begins at 2:48 this afternoon the day will be filled with sunny skies and mild temperatures.

Enjoy the mild temperatures and sunny skies because the ABC-7 First Alert continues for the arctic cold front that will move into the region Thursday night. As the cold front moves into the region the major major concerns will be frigid air and gusty east winds.

Wind gusts will increase late in the day dropping temperatures to the teens and 20s overnight, this will create dangerous wind chill temperatures across the Borderland. Wind chills will make temperatures feel like they are in the mid-teens Thursday night through Friday morning.

The NWS has issued a Wind Chill Watch from Thursday afternoon through Friday morning for southeast New Mexico and most of west Texas.

Here are a few things to consider as temperatures drop, remember to protect the 4 Ps (People, Pets, Pipes, and Plants).

  • People- Dress warmly, in layers, to avoid hypothermia.
  • Pets- Bring pets indoors or provided them with a warm place to sleep.
  • Pipes- Wrap pipes to avoid cracks due to water freezing in them.
  • Plants- Cover your plants or bring them inside to avoid frost damage.

Cold Weather Safety:

https://www.weather.gov/safety/cold-wind-chill-chart

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Nichole Gomez is the ABC-7 StormTRACKer on Good Morning El Paso and co-anchors ABC-7 at noon.

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