Weather alert: Snow squalls, frigid cold

The National Weather Service is reporting three areas of weather concern for the region today and tomorrow. Those concerns are snow squalls, strong winds and arctic cold air.

Snow squalls will be possible from noon to 5 p.m. today. Snow squalls will have localized significantly reduced visibility as well as gusty winds. Winds may gust as high as 50 mph in the strongest snow squalls.

Snow accumulations will remain minimal (generally less than 1 inch) but heavier snow may cause roads to become slippery.

A Wind Advisory has been issued from through 10 p.m. today. The advisory includes all eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delmarva counties. A southwest wind 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph is expected during the advisory time.

Those winds are also causing a wind chill warning70 p.m. this evening through 10 a.m. Thursday for New Castle County in Delaware, and all Pennsylvania and New Jersey counties.

High temperatures Thursday will be well below normal, in the teens for most locations, with wind chills around 0° for much of the day. Lows Thursday night will be in the single digits again. However, winds will be light with wind chills not as extremely low as Wednesday night.

Time outdoors should be limited to prevent the risk of hypothermia and frostbite Wednesday night through Thursday.

The weather service recommends staying indoors when weather is extremely cold, especially if winds are high. If you must go outdoors, make trips outside as brief as possible, use several layers of loose-fitting, thermal wear or material that “wicks”  moisture off the skin and be extremely careful when walking on ice-covered sidewalks and etc.

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