Extreme cold headed this way

from staff reports

STATE COLLEGE – The National Weather Service State College is reporting our region will be affected by a major artic front starting Sunday afternoon.

According to a statement from NWS, temperatures will rapidly drop Monday with below zero temperatures and -20F to -40F wind chill temperatures. Snow will also enter the area as the front approaches the region, possibly changing to rain and then back to snow through the evening, according to the report.

The NWS is advising residents and businesses for low temperatures of -10F to -20F below zero and -15F to -25F wind chill. The coldest periods are expected to be Monday night through Wednesday morning. Monday afternoon to Tuesday early morning the region could see a temperature drop of 30 to 40 degrees in less than 12 hours, according to the statement.

Hazardous road conditions are also expected Sunday and Sunday night. The statement warns residents that electric utility interruptions are likely and any unprotected or exposed waterlines could freeze.