Schools Close, Dangerous Cold & Winds Continue After Snow Leaves

A snowy scene along State Street in Newtown Thursday evening.
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The Thursday snow made way to strong winds that will coincide with lingering dangerous cold that has gripped the region since the final days of last year.

The National Weather Service predicted temperatures in the teens for daytime highs and single digits in the overnights through the weekend. Forecasters warned that very cold wind chills are expected and could range from 0 to negative 15 degrees.

In addition to the cold weather, strong winds will blow Friday and gusts could be as high as 45 mph.

Forecasters warned that blowing snow could cause problems on roads, some of which are already snow covered.

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“Prolonged period of below freezing continues increasing the risk of frozen pipes and other damage to infrastructure,” forecasters said in a briefing Thursday evening.

The cold weather comes after days of already below-freezing temperatures and several inches of snow that fell Thursday. The National Weather Service reported a spotter in Newtown recorded 4 inches.

The weather caused the Council Rock School District to cancel all classes for Friday.

The first chance of above-freezing temperatures could come as soon as Monday.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001