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February could set record for cold

Frederic Brunet uses two shovels to clear his driveway in the Park Hills neighborhood of State College, Pa., on Friday, February 27, 2015.
Frederic Brunet uses two shovels to clear his driveway in the Park Hills neighborhood of State College, Pa., on Friday, February 27, 2015. CDT photo

To say the weather was cold in February is a disservice to the concept of cold.

Frozen pipes have damaged public buildings, households are taking advantage of heating assistance and schools have lost many hours to delays or cancellations.

It was so cold, in fact, that this month is shaping up to be the coldest February in 36 years.

As of Friday morning, the average temperature for the month is 17.5 degrees, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Elyse Hagner. The coldest February, recorded in 1979, bottomed out at 17.8 degrees.

Temperatures on Saturday could affect the final temperature reading for the month.

The frigid temperatures can be attributed to a pattern of Arctic fronts that hit the area throughout the month, she said. A large trough pattern formed over the area as well, helping to carry colder Arctic air from Canada across the county.

NWS, measuring from Penn State, also recorded a record amount of snow for Friday, she said, when 4.9 inches fell on the campus.

About 14.7 inches of snow has fallen this month, she said, compared with a normal snowfall of 10.6 inches.

Temperatures are expected to reach the low 30s into the weekend, according to NWS, but residents can also expect wetter weather into next week, Hagner said.

A new storm system is coming into the area, she said, bringing snow Saturday night that will turn into a wintry mix by Sunday morning. The bulk of the storm is still expected to fall as snow.

Another system will move in from the west, taking its time as it moves through the area, she said. With temperatures expected to rise into the 40s by Wednesday, the snow and wintry mix will give way to rain.

“There’s another chance of a messy, wintry mix on either side of the rain as temperatures warm up and cool down,” she said.

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