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State College Schools to Open Late Wednesday Due to Cold but Temperatures Expected to Rise

by on January 08, 2014 6:00 AM

The worst is over.

Starting Wednesday, the temperature will gradually increase and may reach above 40 degrees this weekend according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Dombek.

That's quite a change from Tuesday morning's record low of nine below zero. The wind chill made it feel close to minus 35. It was cold enough that State College schools were closed down.

For Wednesday, "it's certainly going to be less harsh, winds won't be as strong," says Dombek.

Still, the State College Area School District says schools will operate on a two hour delay Wednesday morning because of the continuing cold weather. There are also concerns that some buses may be difficult to start after more than 24 hours with temperatures well below freezing.

A Wind Chill Warning posted by the National Weather Service has been cancelled. A Wind Chill Advisory will expire at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

At 6 a.m. Wednesday the temperature was 3 degrees with a wind chill of nine below zero. The day will start off with some sun before clouds move in. The high will be close to 20. A few flurries are possible Wednesday night. The low will be in the teens.

Thursday will be dry and "continue the upward trend toward less harsh weather," says Dombek.

It's expected to be partly sunny with a high around 32. Then on Friday it will be mostly cloudy with a high around 36.

Over the weekend it's expected to be even milder with temperatures in in the 40s on Saturday. The high will be about 45. Rain is also expected.

"Rain, not ice, not snow, but rain," says Dombek.

Sunday is expected to be dry with some sun and temperatures in the 40s.

For the latest AccuWeather forecast, click HERE.

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