National Weather Service: Brace for big chill

Cold temperatures and strong winds are expected to create bitter cold during the next several days, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

And to make matters worse, the polar plunge will include several periods of snow, the first one on Thursday, Feb. 12, then again Saturday, Feb. 14, with a third batch possible late Sunday, Feb. 15. Large accumulations are not expected; however, that scenario could change, given the active weather pattern.

On Thursday, Feb. 12, less than an inch of snow is predicted at the cold front passes through. However, isolated two-inch amounts are possible in snow squalls associated with strong winds behind the front Thursday afternoon.

By Saturday, Feb. 14, heavier amounts of snow are possible starting in the afternoon and night as the next clipper develops east of New Jersey. The proximity of its development to the coast will govern snowfall amounts, which remain uncertain at this time.

The period from Thursday afternoon through Thursday morning of next week, Feb. 19, is likely to bring intervals of the coldest air of the season, with several mornings of subzero cold. Monday, Feb. 16, is expected to be the coldest day with record lows and wind chills of minus 10.

Wind gusts could exceed 50 mph south and east of the I-95 corridor early Sunday, with power outages possible due to downed wires. People outdoors for extended periods of time need to be prepared for these harsh conditions. NWS suggests that residents check their heating fuel to ensure that they don’t run out during the cold snap.

For the latest conditions, visit the NWS website at http://www.weather.gov/phi/

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