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Record Low Temperatures Possible for State College, Freeze Warning in Effect

by on May 13, 2013 2:40 PM

Unseasonably cold temperatures had us all shivering Monday morning and we're not out of the woods yet. It could get even chillier overnight. In fact, a freeze warning is in effect from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday. And it's possible we could break the all-time record low temperature.

“It’s definitely a lot colder here,” said Matt Garfield, who's visiting State College from the Philadelphia suburbs.

Today's icy cold blast took Garfield by surprise. “At first I thought it was raining, but then I realized there was frost on my car.”

Fortunately he brought some heavy clothing, but Garfield still had trouble staying warm as he walked along Allen St. Garfiield's friend, Daemion Bistline, said, “I’m just glad I was prepared with a sweatshirt. It’s freezing here.”

Clear skies and diminishing winds should give way to even cooler temperatures tonight according to Craig Evangeo from the National Weather Service.

“Some outlying rural areas with a bit higher terrain could see temperatures in the upper 20s,” said Evanego. “The core State College area should be in the low 30s,” he added.

“I’m not too surprised about some of the surrounding areas, but it is a bit atypical for it to be this cold right in State College this time of year.”

There's cold and then there's cold. The lowest temperature ever recorded in State College for May 14 is 30 degrees and we could be very close to that all-time record.

In addition to residents exchanging shorts and tee shirts for long pants and winter coats, the frigid weather could also threaten home gardens. You should protect sensitive crops and plants by either covering them or better still, bringing them indoors, if possible.

The surprisingly cold weather created a unique scene on Penn State’s campus, which ironically began holding summer session classes today. Several customers at the Berkey Creamery ordered hot coffee instead of cold, refreshing ice cream.

“I always know to expect rain,” said Matt Stoudnour. “But this is something else, I never thought it would be quite this cold in May.”

Added J.P. Richardella, “I’m somewhat used to it, but that doesn’t mean I like it.”

Drew Balis is a Penn State graduate, freelance reporter and frequent contributor to
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