Stormtracker16 Forecast by Noreen Clark
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning for most of the our viewing area. If you must go outdoors, dress in layers and take frequent breaks by coming indoors. The arctic air will retreat north during the workweek allowing for near normal temperatures to return to PA.
Saturday – is windy and frigid with flurries, snow showers & maybe a snow squall. Clouds will mix with some occasional sunshine. Wind chill temperatures will range from 15 to 25 below zero today. Afternoon temperatures will drop to the single digits to 13 degrees.
Tonight – is partly cloudy to clear, windy with near record cold, low -6.
Sunday – is mostly sunny & frigid with a bitter cold wind, high 11.
Monday – brings light snow through the day, high near 30.
Tuesday – offers a “Wintry Mix” of sleet, freezing rain to rain, then back to snow late in the day, high around 40.
Wednesday – has light snow in the morning tapering to afternoon snow showers & flurries, high 38.
Thursday – looks partly sunny, high around 30.
Friday – brings a partly sunny start followed by increasing clouds, high near 40.
Last year in February we had 4 days below zero, the coldest being minus 9 on the 24th. This February we may have only one sub-zero day that being this coming Sunday. Flurries and squalls early tonight will indicate a wind shift and the arrival of a pristine, germ-free pure polar air mass for the weekend. A quick coating of snow in spots overnight will make for slippery pavement into tomorrow morning.
Gusty winds tomorrow will make for wind chill temperatures from 15 to 25 below zero at times, cold enough to warrant a wind chill warning lasting thru tomorrow night. At around 18 below skin can freeze causing frostbite in less than 30 minutes. Dress in loose-fitting layers of warm clothing. Other potential impacts from the intense cold are frozen pipes, dead car batteries and an overall subtle feeling of discontent.
Take action to protect pets and livestock and be sure to limit their time outdoors.
The wind will remain sharp and gusty thru tonight but diminishes by Sunday afternoon, By then skies will have turned clear and temperatures will struggle to barely rise above 11.