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New Year Set to Get Off to a Chilly, Messy Start

by on December 31, 2014 6:00 AM

This New Year's Eve, the champagne won't be the only thing on ice.

We're all going to be feeling the cold with a mass of chilly air heading south out of Canada.

Not only that, some wintry weather is also on the way.

During the day Wednesday you can expect temperatures in the mid-twenties. However, breezy winds will make it feel like it's in the  single digits. And it goes downhill from there. "It will fall into the teens at night, so if you're out you'll have to bundle up," says AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines.

Factoring in the wind chill the temperature on New Year's Eve night will feel like it's close to zero. If you plan to be outside for events such as First Night State College you'll need to take precautions. "You gotta have your mittens and gloves on. You have to wear a hat," says Kines. "A lot of heat your body creates escapes through your head. Putting a hat on keeps it in, keeps you warmer -- maybe putting on an extra pair of socks might not be a bad idea."

New Year's Day will be another chilly one with sunshine and temps in the twenties. Once again the wind will likely make it feel like it's in the single digits.

Even though it will be a bit chillier than normal the next day or two, it's nothing out of the ordinary. Typically we should have high temperatures in lower 30s at this time of year with nighttime lows in the upper teens and lower twenties.

Friday looks good with temperatures in the 30s but a storm coming from the Gulf Coast could cause trouble over the weekend. "Stormy weather gets in here Saturday and continues into Saturday night," Kines predicts. "It probably comes in as snow or sleet then changes over to freezing rain and probably rain eventually."

If you're traveling on Saturday be prepared for winter conditions. "It's going to depend on how quickly we change over to sleet and then freezing rain," says Kines. "It certainly could be a couple of inches (of snow and sleet) before the changeover."

Sunday's high temperature will be in the 30s but windy conditions will make it feel much colder. "It's going to be a blustery day," says Kines. "The winds will kick up and even though temps might be in the 30s, maybe near 40, it's not going to feel that way."

Hang on to your (winter) hats. It may not be long before more frosty weather comes along.

"I do think it turns colder again next week," says Kines, adding, "that round of cold air, potentially, could be colder than what we're going to see over the next couple of days."

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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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