The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

January 5, 2014

Deep freeze set to grip the region

County schools closed, delayed

By Herald staff
Herald staff

MERCER COUNTY — Temperatures across Mercer County are predicted to bottom out in the 10 to 14 degrees below zero range by daybreak Tuesday.

Winds will make it feel like it’s 30 to 35 degrees below zero.

As of 10 p.m. Sunday, Brookfield, Grove City, Hubbard, Joseph Badger, Kids of the Kingdom and Wilmington schools were cancelled; Commodore Perry, Farrell, Greenville, Hermitage, Jamestown, Lakeview, Mercer, Reynolds, Sharon, West Middlesex schools were on a two-hour delay, with possibility of cancellation.

A wind chill warning for Mercer County is in effect from 1 p.m. Monday until 10 a.m. Wednesday. National Weather advisory officials said people should not go outside unless properly dressed for fear of frost bite and hypotermia.

“This will be a record-breaking cold event,” Carl Erickson, AccuWeather senior meteorologist, State College, said. “On Tuesday, there’s a chance that the temperature will never go above zero.”

In 1985, a low of 24 below zero was recorded in Youngstown, according to statistics from The Weather Channel.

Monday will be at its warmest at daybreak with below freezing temperatures in the mid-20s. It will only get colder from there.

Also of concern is the rainfall overnight Monday that will turn into snow with a sudden drop in temperature and cause roads and sidewalks to freeze over.

“We are very concerned about first thing in the morning,” Erickson said at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. “It will make it really dicey for tomorrow morning.”

The temperature will steadily circle the drain today, going down to the single digits by the afternoon and to zero by evening.

By Wednesday, we will lose the wind and bask in high temperatures near 20 degrees. It will only get warmer on Thursday in the low 30s then 40s for Friday and Saturday.

Places to call for assistance in Sharon: Joshua’s Haven, 724-983-0304; Arc House, 724-342-2751; Salvation Army, 724-347-5537.