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Winter Blitz is On, Morning Snow Squalls Will be Followed by Intense Cold

by on January 27, 2014 11:25 AM

If the weather doesn't improve soon, don't be surprised if that groundhog refuses to come out of his hole next month.

We've gone from cold, to colder to extreme cold. And now, Old Man Winter is kicking it up another notch, with dangerously cold temperatures expected for the next few days.

Monday began with snow squalls turning streets icy as an arctic cold front moved through. But that's just the opening act.

The National Weather Service has posted a Wind Chill Advisory which will remain in effect from 11 p.m. Monday until Noon Tuesday.

Tom Kines, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather says winds shifted into the northwest and that's going to cause temperatures to fall through the day."

And those temperatures will be falling a long way. "By the time we get up tomorrow morning temperatures will be close to zero," Says Kines. "Factoring in the wind it will feel like 20 to 25 below."

Earlier this month we shattered the record for Jan. 7,  with a reading of nine-below zero. That's eight degrees colder than the previous record of one-below zero set in 1988.

Kines says we're in a cold weather pattern but it's not clear why that's happening.

We typically get one or two outbreaks of cold weather each year. However, Kines says, "To get it down to zero or below like we've had this winter -- it's uncommon. This doesn't happen every year, maybe every couple of years and the wind makes it even more brutal."

Don't expect any quick relief. Kines says temperatures will start to ease up by Thursday and could reach the 30s by Friday.

Here's what will happen first. On Monday afternoon temperatures will drop down getting close to zero tonight.

Tuesday's high will be around 10 degrees and we could hit four below Tuesday night.

Wednesday's high is expected to reach 15 degrees.

Kines reminds everyone, "Protect yourself from frost bite. Keep your skin covered" And be careful moving around -- the extreme cold may cause slick conditions when snow and slush freezes on roads and sidewalks.

StateCollege.com has put together some important information to keep you and your family safe. Click HERE for tips on coping with the cold.

Click HERE for the latest weather update from AccuWeather.

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