Arctic front blasts the midstate

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 8, 2015 5:07 AM

Photo by Scott LaMar

(State College) -- The midstate will likely have to deal with frigid temperatures for at least a few more days.

The wind chill value will be as low as 12 below this morning and the entire WITF listening area is currently under a wind chill advisory.

The advisory is in effect for Adams, Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties until 9:00 a.m. today and until 1:00 p.m. for Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill and Snyder counties.

Greg DeVoir is a senior meteoroligist with the National Weather Service in State College.  He says you know it's an artic front when temperatures are already in the teens  and another cold front hits the region.

"You're getting winds directly from the North Pole bringing that air mass all the way down into the northeastern U.S.," he says.

DeVoir recommends using a smart phone app with radar and GPS to plan any travel during the cold snap, due to potential snow squalls that may pop up.

"Being on a highway when a snow squall comes is the worst place you can be," he says. "You want to let it pass before you get back on the highway."

He says forecasters are keeping an eye on possible storms that could arrive next Tuesday or Thursday.

A number of midstate school districts have delayed the start of classes today due to the low temperatures.

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