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Bitter cold overnight but winds gradually diminish later

Cold eases with mainly rain by midweek

TONIGHT: Mainly clear and bitterly cold with winds gradually diminishing. Low: 4

TUESDAY: Still cold but not as harsh with more sun than clouds. High: 27

TUESDAY NIGHT: Some cloudiness. Low: 19

WIND CHILL ADVISORY FOR CARBON, MONROE, PIKE, AND LUZERNE COUNTIES THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY MORNING

 

If you were fortunate enough to have the holiday off from work or school on Monday, you probably used your good fortune to avoid some bitterly cold arctic air and dangerously low wind chills on what turned out to be the coldest day of the winter so far by far. Highs struggled to climb through the teens, despite abundant sunshine. Winds gusted from as high as 35 to 50 miles-per-hour, and those biting and blustery breezes kept wind chills below zero for much of the day. Wind chills plummeted to as low as 15 below in the Lehigh Valley early Monday morning and a bone-chilling 37 below in the Poconos, and wind chill advisories remain through the Poconos points north through Tuesday morning.

Skies will be mainly clear overnight and those howling winds will finally diminish, albeit gradually and not entirely. Expect lows to drop well into the single digits tonight, and wind chills will still be in the single digits below zero with a northwest wind gradually diminishing to around 10 miles-per-hour after some still brisk evening gusts. Prepare for another bitterly cold early morning on Tuesday, but both the cold and the wind will be much less harsh on Tuesday itself, as sunshine will have a little more success at warming us up tomorrow. We’ll bounce back from our single digit start and climb into the upper 20s, about a ten degree improvement from today. But without the wind, it will feel noticeably less bitter than Monday did.

Then comes the more appreciable temperature improvements for the middle of the week, as highs approach 40 degrees on Wednesday and then mid 40s by Thursday. Of course, there’s a price to pay for the milder air and that’s more clouds and our next bout of unsettled weather. It will come in the form of mostly rain later Wednesday, Wednesday night, and into early Thursday. As temperatures are expected to rise above freezing, whatever falls should be mainly rain, but given the cold ground from the current arctic blast, there could be a few icy pockets as the rain begins Wednesday afternoon, mostly points north and west through the higher elevations.

The next shot of cold air, which will pale in comparison both cold-wise and wind-wise to our current arctic blast, will arrive later in the week and last through next weekend.  Highs will sink back into the upper 20s and low 30s from Friday through early next week and lows likely fall into the teens most nights, with winds adding an extra chill on occasion. Outside of some flurries or a few snow showers from time to time, it looks mainly dry and free of any big storms. There could be a few low pressures lurking off the East Coast next week, but right now they look to remain far enough off the coast to have little impact on our weather.

Have a great night and be sure to bundle up, stay warm, and keep those pets inside!

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10 Day Forecast

  • Monday

    15° /
    Mostly Sunny; Windy and Frigid 20%
  • Tuesday

    27° / 19°
    More Sun than Clouds; Chilly 0%
  • Wednesday

    38° / 36°
    Rain, Mainly PM; Icy at Onset 80%
  • Thursday

    45° / 26°
    Cloudy with Rain Tapering Off 70%
  • Friday

    34° / 13°
    Brisk and Colder with Flurries 30%
  • Saturday

    30° / 19°
    Cold; Sun and Patchy Clouds 0%
  • Sunday

    36° / 20°
    Rather Cloudy with PM Flurries 30%
  • Monday

    36° / 20°
    Partly Sunny 0%
  • Tuesday

    33° / 18°
    Bit of Snow or Flurries 30%
  • Wednesday

    27° / 14°
    Clouds and Sun with a Flurry 30%

 The Accuweather Channel Forecast

Historical Averages

High Low
Current 15°F 4°F
Average 35°F 18°F
Record 63°F January 22, 1959 -12°F January 22, 1961

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