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Another Icy Blast is Barreling This Way

by on November 17, 2014 12:25 PM

Monday morning's rain made it feel chilly enough but it won't be long before State College residents get slapped with another icy cold reminder that winter's on the way.

We'll top out near 40 degrees Monday but a cold front is expected to move through Monday afternoon bringing with it some unseasonably cold weather -- a wicked, brutal, harsh kind of cold.

"Once the front goes through the wind will shift into the west, it becomes blustery and temperatures will begin to fall," says AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines.

We shouldn't see any significant snowfall although snow showers are possible. However, the cold could easily turn wet roads slick.

"I think with those falling temperatures this evening, you've got to watch out that any wet spots from this afternoon's rain freeze up on us," says Kines. "That's a concern for the overnight hours as it turns much colder. ... The big thing is that it turns windy and dramatically colder."

So, what kind of cold are we talking about? " Temperatures [Tuesday] morning, probably upper teens, near twenty," says Kines. "If you factor in the wind that's going to be blowing it's going to feel like it's zero or maybe even below zero when you wake up."

This will probably be the coldest weather we've seen since early last March.

The high temperature for Tuesday is expected to be in the twenties but when you mix in those gusty winds it will feel like it's in the single digits -- at best.

At least were missing out on a big storm that's targeting areas to our north. "Around the great lakes and the snow belt area, they're going to get pounded," says Kines. "They'll be measuring the snow in feet."

Its going to stay cold for awhile with Tuesday and Wednesday unusually cool for this time of year. "I think, on Thursday we have a shot at getting back above freezing," says Kines. "There might be another batch of cold air that comes down Thursday night into Friday and prevents us from getting any warmer, at least for a day."

The biting winds should ease up by Wednesday and later in the week temperatures could rebound into the lower thirties. By Saturday we could see temps approaching the upper thirties. And it could even get into the forties on Sunday.

Short term though, it's going to be impressively cold. "If you haven't retrieved the winter coat now is a great time to do it because we're definitely going to need it later on tonight and tomorrow," says Kines.

Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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