Cold? You Bet It Is

Warren County was not expected to see as much snow accumulation as surrounding areas Tuesday night, according to National Weather Service forecasts, but wind chills were expected to drop well below zero.

A lake effect snow warning was issued by the National Weather Service in State College for western Warren County, and it anticipated between four to eight inches of snow.

A wind chill advisory was issued for the area until 7 p.m. Tuesday with wind chill values as low as 15 degrees below zero. Westerly winds of 10 to 15 miles per hour and gusts up to 25 miles per hour were expected.

Meteorologist Aaron Tyburski of the National Weather Service office in State College said one to three inches of snow is more likely for Warren on Wednesday. “It won’t be any of the big events like we’ve seen in the past,” he said. “It’s going to be more of a nuisance cold and windy.”

The overnight accumulation and dropping temperatures were expected to make travel hazardous Wednesday with snow-covered roads and rapid changes in visibility. The National Weather Service advised anyone who will be outdoors to dress in layers and wear a hat and gloves to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite can occur if skin is exposed for more than 30 minutes, according to the NWS.

Mike Holtz, Warren’s Department of Public Works director, said three snow plows were out early Tuesday at about 5:30 a.m. He cautioned drivers to be patient as road salt doesn’t work as well in the extremely low temperatures.

Parts of Erie County received between 16 to 24 inches of snow on Monday and Ripley, N.Y., reported nearly 25 inches of snow by Tuesday.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for a high temperature near 11 degrees and a low of 7 degrees with one to two inches of snow possible.

Thursday’s forecast is calling for a 40 percent chance of snow showers with a high temperature near 13 degrees. There is a 30 percent chance of snow Thursday night and a low temperature of 9 degrees.

The seesaw pattern in temperatures will continue next week on Tuesday with a high of 44 degrees and a low of 33 degrees.

The Center for Disease and Control recommends that motorists equip their cars with a winter survival kit including the following items: blankets, first aid kit, a can and waterproof matches to melt snow for water, windshield scrapper, jumper cables, road maps, mobile phone, compass, tool kit, paper towels, bag of sand or cat litter, tow rope, tire chains, collapsible shovel, container of water and high-calorie canned or dried foods and a can opener, flashlight and extra batteries, canned compressed air with sealant for emergency tire repair, and brightly-colored cloth.

Motorists should also keep the gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.