Get ready for the deep freeze

Written by Craig Rhodes and the National Weather Service | Jan 20, 2019 10:13 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The midstate was spared the wrath of the first major storm of the winter season.

While some counties to our north got between half-a-foot and a foot of snow, southcentral Pennsylvania had more of a rain event thanks to some warm air that pushed in from the south.

Even though the storm has moved up into the New England states, as the saying goes, "we're not out of the woods yet."

John Banghoff with the National Weather Service in State College says we must be prepared for bitter cold.

"There's a big Arctic cold front moving through. We're expecting temperatures to fall continuously from now through Monday morning, dropping down to low temperatures tomorrow morning in the single digits to near zero and below zero across much of northern Pennsylvania.  In addition to that, winds are going to pick up 15-25 mph sustained, all the way up to 35 to 40 gusting, and wind chills are going to be minus-15 to minus-25 degrees tomorrow morning.  Monday struggles to get out of the single digits and low teens as a high temperature and those cold conditions remain," Banghoff said.

The National Weather Service cautions that the bitter cold can cause frostbite on exposed skin within 30 minutes.

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