WEATHER ALERT: Temperatures Could Plummet to 20 Below Zero; Bitter Cold to Continue Through Friday

Bitter cold temperatures are expected to continue through Friday, according to a statement released this morning by the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh released the following Special Weather Statement at 8:29 a.m.

NATIOANAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA
829 M EST THU FEB 19 2015

GARRETT-TUSCARAWAS-CARROLL-COLUMBIANA-COSHOCTON-HARRISON-JEFFERSON OH-MUSKINGUM-GUERNSEY-BELMONT-NOBLE-MONROE-MERCER-
VENANGO-FOREST-LAWRENCE-BUTLER-CLARION-JEFFERSON PA-BEAVER-ALLEGHENY-ARMSTRONG-INDIANA-WASHINGTON-GREENE-WESTMORELAND-
WESTMORELAND RIDGES-FAYETTE-FAYETTE RIDGES-HANCOCK-BROOKE-OHIO-MARSHALL-WETZEL-MARION-MONONGALIA-PRESTON-TUCKER-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…OAKLAND MD…NEW PHILADELPHIA…CARROLLTON…SALEM…COSHOCTON…CADIZ…STEUBENVILLE…
ZANESVILLE…CAMBRIDGE…ST. CLAIRSVILLE…CALDWELL…WOODSFIELD…GROVE CITY…FRANKLIN…TIONESTA…NEW CASTLE…
BUTLER…CLARION…BROOKVILLE…BEAVER…PITTSBURGH METRO AREA…KITTANNING…INDIANA…WASHINGTON…WAYNESBURG…GREENSBURG…
LATROBE…LIGONIER…DONEGAL…UNIONTOWN…CHAMPION…OHIOPYLE…WEIRTON…BETHANY…WHEELING…MOUNDSVILLE…NEW MARTINSVILLE…FAIRMONT…MORGANTOWN…KINGWOOD…PARSONS

829 AM EST THU FEB 19 2015

…BITTERLY COLD AIR TO REMAIN OVER THE AREA THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING…

TEMPERATURES EARLY THIS MORNING WILL CONTINUE TO DROP TO LOWS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS AND TEENS BELOW ZERO. READINGS WILL STRUGGLE WITH SINGLE DIGITS FOR HIGHS IN MOST LOCATIONS. LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT MAY FALL TO THE LOWEST LEVELS OF THE SEASON WITH WIDESPREAD TEENS BELOW ZERO EXPECTED. OUTLYING AREAS AND TRADITIONAL COLD SPOTS COULD REACH TWENTY BELOW ZERO. SLOW MODERATION IS EXPECTED FRIDAY WITH HIGHS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS AND TEENS.

THIS EXTREME OF COLD TEMPERATURES MAY HAVE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS ON INFRASTRUCTURE…INCLUDING RESIDENTIAL AND BUSINESS PLUMBING…MUNICIPAL WATER MAINS…AND HUMAN AND ANIMAL SAFETY. PRECAUTIONS SHOULD BE TAKEN INCLUDING CHECKING IN ON THE ELDERLY…KEEPING PETS INDOORS…ENSURING AGRICULTURAL ANIMALS ARE INDOORS WITH AMPLE FOOD AND HAVE ACCESS TO UNFROZEN WATER. KEEP SPACE HEATERS IN A SAFE LOCATION WHERE THEY WILL NOT TIP OVER AND CAUSE A FIRE…AND ALTERNATIVE HEATING UNITS SHOULD BE WELL
VENTILATED TO ENSURE THAT THE SILENT KILLER…CARBON MONOXIDE…DOES NOT CLAIM A LIFE. IF PLUMBING LINES ARE POORLY INSULATED OR ARE KNOW TO FREEZE…KEEP A CONSTANT FLOW OF WATER BY LEAVING A FAUCET OR TWO SLOWLY DRIP. IF PIPES ARE LOCATED ALONG AN OUTSIDE WALL…OPEN CABINETRY TO ALLOW HEAT TO CIRCULATE AROUND THE PIPES IF THIS IS POSSIBLE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT READY.GOV.

DO NOT VENTURE OUTDOORS FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME WITHOUT PROPER COLD-WEATHER ATTIRE.


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