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January 22, 2014

Yep, it’s cold: Subzero temps return to the area

NEW CASTLE — Winter Storm Janus is on the move, blowing frigid temperatures back into Lawrence County.

It is predicted that this area could be in a deep freeze again for the next several days. Residents are urged to be prepared for the colder temperatures and find ways to keep warm.

Staying indoors is the best advice, and covering skin when outdoors is wise.

This cold weather encounter appears to be not as severe as the previous one, according to county public safety director Brian Melcer. The “polar vortex” that hit the area two weeks ago sent temperatures plunging below zero he said.

Temperatures last night were expected to dip to minus one, then rise to the teens today and the rest of this week during the daytime, then drop to single digits at night, according to an online forecast of the Weather Channel.

A low of minus-6 is predicted for Monday.

Melcer advises anyone encountering heating emergencies to call 211 for shelter information or to find out if a nearby warming center has opened anywhere.

As of yesterday, Melcer said he did not have knowledge of plans for a local warming center. He said he expects continuous updates as communities announce them.

However, he advised strongly against using unconventional heating methods that could pose a fire or carbon monoxide hazard.

In case of a power outage, portable generators are available through various emergency service providers including the Neshannock Township Volunteer Fire Department.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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