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Prepare for another cold shot

January 20. 2014 11:43PM

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The National Weather Service predicts a chance of snow today, after 1 p.m. The high will be in the mid teens, but the wind chill will make it feel like -3 degrees.

That chance of snowfall will continue into tonight, and the low will drop to 0 degrees. The wind chill will make it feel as low as -18 degrees.

Mostly sunny skies are expected Wednesday, with a high temperature in the low teens. The chance for snow will return Wednesday night, with a low around 8 degrees. No precipitation predictions have been listed.

The chance of snow and flurries will linger on Thursday into Thursday night, with a high in the upper teens and a low around 4 degrees. Mostly sunny skies are expected once again on Friday, with a high in the lower 20s. The clear skies will give way to mostly cloudy skies on Friday night with a low in the mid teens.

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WILKES-BARRE — Another period of frigid cold is set to embrace the Wyoming Valley, starting today.

WNEP meteorologist Tom Clark said an air mass will generate north of the Arctic Circle that will produce another blast of cold air in the Wyoming Valley.

“It’s going to last quite a while,” Clark said. “It is another portion of the polar vortex that’s breaking loose and drifting southward towards Pennsylvania.”

Temperatures are expected to be below average, with highs in the teens expected for the rest of the week. But, unlike the cold snap earlier this month, Clark said the winds will not be as gusty as they were, and wind chills should not be as extreme.

Clark does not expect the upcoming cold wave to break any records. Today’s record cold temperature was -21 degrees without a wind chill. The forecast calls for a high in the mid teens.

Schools were canceled and some public services interrupted due to the dangerously cold weather earlier this month. The temperature on Jan. 7 dropped to -4 degrees, shattering a record cold temperature of 3 degrees for that date from 1988.

Clark said up to 2 inches of snow is possible today. He did not expect any significant snowfall amounts in the near future. While this sort of weather isn’t abnormal for January, Clark said this cold stretch could last well into next week.

“It’s going to be a colder than normal January when it’s all said and done,” he said.

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