Frigid temps, snow expected Thursday night

January 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Wind Energy Tips

With subzero temperatures, icy conditions and more than half a foot of expected snow, Chester County residents will experience their first winter storm and blasts of frigid weather to start the New Year from Thursday to Saturday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, a coastal storm is expected to reach the region Thursday into Friday. The storm is expected to create 6 to 8 inches of snow in Chester County with heavier snowfall in northern parts of the region.

As of 2:35 p.m. Wednesday, a winter storm watch was issued for southeastern Pennsylvania including western and eastern parts of Chester County. The winter storm watch – weather conditions that could potentially reach significant snow, sleet or ice accumulation that might impact travel – will be in effect from Thursday evening to Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Weather conditions are expected to impact travel Thursday as snow begins to accumulate and wind gusts increase Thursday night.

Wind chills are expected to stretch into subzero temperatures Friday morning, while extreme drops in temperature are expected Thursday night into Friday nearing recording breaking lows for Saturday morning. Some areas will see a low of 5 degrees reaching 17 degrees nearing coastal areas.

The National Weather Service is warning residents of the hazards that might arrive with dangerously cold wind chills, near-record low temperatures and the dangers of the potential snow fall with Fridays gusty weather conditions.

Emergency officials are more concerned with the cold and wind than the expected snowfall.

Wind chills and subzero temperatures bring about risks of hypothermia, frostbite, accumulation of ice on roadways and a visibility restriction from snow that might drift back onto roadways.

David Sekkes, Chester County Emergency Services watch officer, said county officials are using social media to constantly notify the community and prepare residents for the frigid winter cold by posting updates and safety tips on its Facebook page and Twitter.

Sekkes also wants to remind residents if a power outage occurs to call their energy provider and not 911.

For more on tips and safety visit Chester County Emergency Services website at or visit FEMAs winter weather safety tip site at

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