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January 27, 2014

Snow and wind chills visit county again

NEW CASTLE — Lawrence County residents had another cold, snowy weekend.

Six to 11 inches of snow fell Saturday and Sunday, and nighttime temperatures were around zero again.

And it’s not over yet.

One to two more inches of snow are expected to fall during this morning’s rush hour, and temperatures again will drop below zero tomorrow and Wednesday.

Meteorologist Alicia Miller of the Pittsburgh office of the National Weather Service said the weekend saw five to eight inches of snow. Some of that came as a heavy band of snow that dropped two inches between 4 and 5 p.m. Saturday. Yesterday, another one to three inches fell.

The snow was a little more tolerable than last week’s because the temperatures rose to the 20s Saturday and remained in the mid-teens Sunday afternoon, giving a respite from the sub-zero daytime temperatures of the previous week.

However, Miller said the super cold weather is not over yet. Monday’s temperatures will start out in the 20s but will fall throughout the day, reaching single digits by 7 p.m. Overnight, the temperature will fall to minus 14 degrees with wind chill down to about minus 30. A wind chill watch is in effect from 7 p.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Tuesday.

 Tuesday’s daytime high will hover around zero and Tuesday night, the temperature will fall back to minus 12 degrees. Wednesday’s high will be 11 degrees, and temperatures will drop to one degree overnight.

Finally, on Thursday, Lawrence County will start getting more normal temperatures, Miller said. Thursday’s high will be 26 and she expects the weekend daytime temperatures to be in the 30s, which is normal for this time of year. The two-week forecast also shows more normal temperatures, but snowfall is expected to be above the normal levels of 3/10 inch of snow daily.

Miller said that the extremely cold temperatures are not so unusual for this area, although they occurred more frequently in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.  She said the lowest temperature ever recorded in this area was minus 22 degrees on Jan. 19, 1994.

Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, the Associated Press reported the weekend storm caused airline delays, sports cancellations and speed restrictions on at least one highway.

The Pittsburgh area had gotten about two to four inches of snow by Saturday afternoon. Philadelphia and its suburbs were expected to get about the same amount.

Dozens of flights were canceled or delayed at Philadelphia International Airport, according to FlightAware.com.

High school basketball games and wrestling meets were postponed in the Erie region, as well as the Lehigh Valley.

State transportation officials reduced the speed limit to 45 mph on Interstate 80 in Mercer, Venango, Clarion and Jefferson counties because of ice and snow.

Temperatures around the rest of Pennsylvania will be in the 20s and 30s today and in the teens tomorrow, the Associated Press reported.

(Email: grzebieniak@ncnewsonline.com)

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