Like a broken record, the winter season is cranking out one sour note after another, and by now, you know the melody -- extreme cold, bitter cold and more dangerous cold.
Overnight, the hit parade continues with another mind numbing shot of intense cold.
At 5:30 a.m. Tuesday the temperature in State College stood at four below zero. That's shy of the record for this date, seven below zero set in 1924. It was calm all night, but the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory which will remain in effect until 9 a.m. Tuesday. With no winds to speak of there are no wind chill readings for State College.
The State College Area School District has opted to open schools on a two-hour delay Tuesday, citing the severe cold weather.
It will probably come as no surprise that the month of February will likely rank among the coldest ever. Sub zero temperatures were recorded on the 14th, 15th, 16th, 19th and 20th. Monday night will almost certainly be the sixth. "Through the the 22nd, State College is running a full 11 degrees below normal for the month. That's pretty impressive." says AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek, before adding, "From a month to date statistic, through the 22nd, we are working on the fifth coldest February on record."
For those keeping score, the normal high for this time of year is 39 degrees. Fortunately, temperatures are expected to moderate, at least somewhat, for the rest of this week. Just don't expect any heatwave.
AccuWeather is calling for highs in the low to mid-twenties for Tuesday and Wednesday. "But then," warns Dombek, "we're right back down in the deep freeze for the end of the week -- in the teens, maybe upper teens for Thursday and Friday, and once again we're looking at very cold low temperatures at night."
Those lows will range from two degrees on Wednesday night to two below zero Friday night. The weekend may see some improvement with temperatures in the mid-twenties on Saturday and possibly the mid-thirties on Sunday.
It doesn't feel like it now, but spring will get here eventually. "I'm not saying that it won't get cold," states Dombek. "I'm not saying that you won't get a very cold night or cold day or in there somewhere, but I think the coldest weather is going to be past once we get through this week."
Of course, Dombek is quick to point out that come March you can see some "nutty weather" ranging from a blizzard to temperatures in the eighties.
"Once you get into March you know that winter's days are numbered," he says. "Winter just runs out of gas."
We can only hope.
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