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Cold Snap Continues but Relief May (Finally) be in Sight

by on March 04, 2014 7:20 AM

The unseasonably cold weather will continue for at least a couple more days but there may finally be light at the end of this winter-long turnnel.

Early Tuesday morning, the mercury hit six degrees at University Park Airport. That's pretty cold but the original forecast called for temperatures around zero.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Paul Pastelok says, "Some clouds rolled in overnight and that acted as a blanket so it didn't get quite as cold as it could have."

We should see a high of 27 on Tuesday and wind chills won't be a problem. "With light winds it won't feel as bad as it could," says Pastelok. "It doesn't look like wind is much of a factor for tomorrow either. Well be near a high of freezing on Wednesday."

However, temperatures are well below normal for this time of the year.

Typically, normal highs would reach 41 degrees with lows of 24. On Monday, the high was 25 degrees which barley surpassed the normal low temperature.

It looks like the cold will ease up later in the week but Pastelok says, "Another cold front comes through over the weekend and we're going to drop below normal for Saturday and Sunday."

The high on Saturday will be 39 degrees. On Sunday we'll hit 35. According to Pastelok those temperatures are not as harsh as they is now but they're still below normal.

It appears that the polar cold will continue through the first half of March but it looks like there will be some easing as we go into the third week of the month. "March is one of those in-between types of months where you can get a lot of extremes," says Pastelok.

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