NEW CASTLE — Although it’s only a dozen days into winter, record-breaking cold weather is heading this way.
According to the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, the anticipated low temperature of 4 to 6 degrees — with wind chill as low as minus-16 — expected last night could feel downright balmy by Monday and Tuesday.
The actual temperature could fall to minus-15 degrees Monday night, warming to a high of zero and a low that could fall to minus-8 on Tuesday night. When considering wind chill values, temperatures could feel like minus-40 on Monday and minus-25 on Tuesday.
Warmer temperatures in the mid-30s could be seen by the end of next week.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve recorded temperatures this low,” said meteorologist Bill Modzelewski at the weather station at Pittsburgh International Airport. “The previous record low for Jan. 6 is minus-5 and that was recorded in 1884.”
Modzelewski said sustained negative temperatures haven’t been seen locally in quite a while.
“The last time local temperatures fell below zero was 2011,” Modzelewski said.
Dangerously cold temperatures in the forecast are causing local agencies that deal with homeless people to mobilize.
The Rev. Kevin Green, director of the City Rescue Mission at 319 S. Croton Ave., is preparing to welcome additional clients as extreme cold weather comes.
“We had 54 men this week but we’ll make room for everyone who wants to come in,” Green said. His capacity is 60 men at the mission, but he said the facility has been known to house more.
“We offer heat, food, water, warm clothing, whatever we have when really cold weather hits,” he said. “We encourage everyone to come to the mission.”
Knowing some will not respond, Green offered advice for anyone who remains exposed to the elements.
“Keep moving. Don’t sit still in the extreme cold.”