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Blustery, Dangerous Cold Stays Put, When Will Deep Freeze Ease?

by on January 08, 2015 1:55 PM

Spend a few minutes outside, and it's hard not to wonder, when are these dangerously low temperatures and sub-zero wind chills going to ease up?

That's no surprise, the mercury dipped to just three degrees early Thursday morning with the wind chills making it feel like it was up to 23-degrees below zero. Fortunately, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines that should be the worst of the cold.

The National Weather Service lifted a Wind Chill Advisory at 1 p.m. Thursday, but there's still some more Frigidaire weather to endure before we catch a break.

High temperatures on Thursday will be in the the low teens, pretty much a repeat of Wednesday's weather -- with wind chills making it feel like it's several degrees below zero.

Kines says 15 to 20 minutes in that kind of cold can make unprotected skin susceptible to frostbite, so it's important to dress in layers and avoid going outside when possible.

"There's no dramatic warm up coming, at least in the near future," he says. "It's still blustery out there. We'll have wind chills below zero [Thursday] night. I think after midnight we'll see some snow come across the area. Not a whole lot, probably an inch or less. Nevertheless, with it being this cold, any snow's going to stick. So I suspect there will be some slick roads later tonight and probably first thing tomorrow."

A reinforcing shot of cold air is expected to arrive Thursday night and on Friday night we'll see temperatures well down in the single digits again. "Temperatures on Saturday, again, holding in the lower teens," says Kines. "I don't think it's going to be as blustery on Saturday ... the wind chill won't be as bad but it will still be cold."

Saturday night, temperatures will sink into the single digits once again, but we'll get at least some relief on Sunday. "Temperatures will get up into the 20s," according to Kines. "There shouldn't be a whole lot of wind on Sunday and I think overall it's going to feel like a pretty good day."

Next week, temperatures will be in the upper 20s and lower 30s -- a virtual heatwave compared to what we have now. However, some snow or freezing rain could hit Monday or Tuesday -- possibly an inch or two. Looking farther down the road, there is the potential for heavier precipitation next Thursday into Friday.

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Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of StateCollege.com. 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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