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.