The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 6, 2014

Accuweather: Temperatures will plunge today and tonight


— STATE COLLEGE — Although the heavy snow that fell in the Midwest on Sunday will bypass the Northeast today, a blast of arctic air will turn wet roads and sidewalks to ice through Monday night for some areas across the region, Accuweather reports.

Mild air will accompany areas of rain ahead of a powerful cold front that will help deliver the arctic chill. Temperatures will begin to fall once the front moves through and continue to drop through tonight, said Michael Doll, a meteorologist at Accuweather.

Any surfaces that are wet will ice up as the temperature dips to below freezing. Elevated surfaces such as bridge decks will likely be the first to become icy with other surfaces following shortly after.

In addition, there can be a brief period of snow as the precipitation comes to an end.

While gusty winds will present a challenge to high profile vehicles, the winds along with steady traffic can help roads in some areas dry before the subfreezing air arrives.

Otherwise, travel can become treacherous for some during the evening drive home, especially across parts of New England.

Airport delays are likely from Washington, D.C. to Boston through Monday night due to fog, rain and wind.

Once the dangerously cold air settles over the Northeast, the main travel concerns will shift to places downwind of the Great Lakes as a major lake-effect snow event unfolds.