Cold comfort: Weather could be colder

Dec 28, 2017, 00:31
Cold comfort: Weather could be colder

The metro area could be looking at lows in the 20s or even the teens on New Year's Eve, according to forecasters.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26.

Along the way, subzero temperatures will grip the region at night.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy, with a high of 36 degrees.

Snow is expected to begin falling around commute time Thursday morning and continue throughout the day.

In addition to the cold, there is a chance for snow showers on both Saturday and Sunday this week.

Thursday's high is predicted to be 13, with a low overnight of 2 degrees.

The cold snap led to an unusually high number of calls for service for AAA, according to spokesman Patrick Moody.

The week after Christmas has some brutally cold temperatures in store, with only three days of temperatures above single digits. Combine that will a couple of gusts of wind out of the northwest at 5-10 miles per hour, making it feel like double digits below zero.

The main threat will be the cold, he said, and he encouraged people in the National Weather Service Jackson's coverage area to watch the forecasts and dress accordingly.

A wind chill advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service office in Cleveland until 11 a.m. today.

The federal agency warned that people could get frostbite in just 15 minutes if their skin gets exposed to these weather conditions.

For the latest forecasts, visit PennLive's weather page.

"They don't have vehicles high enough, so we are now working with the National Guard to be able to deploy Humvee ambulances to assist them", said Richard Flinn, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Emergency Management.

"You want to make sure there is adequate ventilation with the heating system and that you have working smoke detectors and new, working carbon monoxide detectors", he said.

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