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New Wind Chill Advisory Posted, Schools Opening Late, Dramatic Cold Persists

by on January 29, 2014 6:55 AM

More bone-chilling cold will have us shivering through another day of wintertime misery.

A new Wind Chill Advisory posted by The National Weather Service went into effect late Tuesday night and will continue until 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The advisory includes State College and most of Western Pennsylvania.

The State College Area School District says schools will open on a two hour delay Wednesday. That's the second day in a row school schedules have been disrupted due to the bitterly cold conditions.

At 5 a.m. Wednesday the mercury stood at just three degrees with a wind chill of minus 16. That means frost bite can occur if skin is exposed for more than 30 minutes. If you must go outside remember to dress in layers and wear a hat and gloves.

While this is dangerously cold weather AccuWeather meteorologist Randy Adkins says it's nowhere near a record for this date. The all-time low for Jan. 29 is minus 10 degrees which happened in 1977. But relief is in sight. "The good news is that while [Wednesday] is going to be cold it is likely to be the last day of bitter cold for sometime," says Adkins.

With such extreme cold, furnaces are working overtime. As a result, state officials want to make sure that deliveries of heating oil and propane gas get through as quickly as possible.

PennDot has extended a temporary waiver, allowing commercial drivers to work extra hours while delivering home heating fuel.

“Winter shows no signs of easing its barrage of bitterly cold weather, and we are extending the waiver to prevent any possibility of people being left without deliveries of fuel,” says PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch.

Normally, commercial drivers are required to take a mandatory rest period after 11 hours behind the wheel. The waiver allows drivers to work up to 14 hours.

The recent cold snap reflects an unusual weather pattern. Adkins says, "It is colder right now across much of the U.S. than it is in Alaska, where they're experience record breaking warmth."

"The high temperature in Nome Monday was 51 degrees. That was a record for the day and the all-time record high for the month of January." In fact, Adkins says that temperature was the warmest reading in Nome ever recorded between Nov. 1st and April 8th.

Closer to home, you need to hang on for one more day. Adkins says we should get into the mid-twenties on Thursday which will feel mild compared to Wednesday.

Temperatures will push into the 30s on Friday. Another storm could be approaching on Saturday, so snow, sleet or rain is possible. But temperatures should rise above freezing during the day.

Click HERE for the latest AccuWeather forecast.

StateCollege.com has put together an extreme cold survival guide. For tips on keeping your family safe in this frigid weather Click HERE.

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Steve Bauer is Managing Editor & Chief Content Officer at StateCollege.com. Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy. You can e-mail Steve at Steve.Bauer@StateCollege.com and you can follow him on Twitter @SteveBauerSCcom
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