Now comes the bitter cold

January 21, 2019

After a weekend of an intense storm hitting Pennsylvania, Somerset County seemed to miss the worst of the weather.

“The weather panned out relatively well this weekend,” said meteorologist Brett Rossio from Accuweather in State College. “It was a little warmer than anticipated so we had more mixing of precipitation. The warm air punched North with parts of the Northeastern Pennsylvania getting a foot of snow or more.”

The Somerset County area got about 2 to 4 inches of snow during the weekend.

Now the concern is the wind chill which will create icy conditions on roadways from Sunday night through Tuesday. Very slippery road conditions are expected and widespread blowing snow could reduce visibility.

“Tonight the temperature will go to about 0 in the area, but with a real feel of -15 to -20,” Rossio said. “The coldest night will be Monday into Tuesday. But there won’t be the wind which is good news.”

He said when the temperature is that cold, salt on the roads doesn’t work.

Forecasters say frigid temperatures with strong winds up into 35 mph or higher in some areas could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

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