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Arctic chill causes 2-hour delays for many schools Tuesday

Mary Ann Thomas
| Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, 4:51 a.m.
About four inches of ice covers most of the Allegheny River beneath the Tarentum Bridge on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.
Jack Fordyce | Tribune - Review
About four inches of ice covers most of the Allegheny River beneath the Tarentum Bridge on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

A number of school districts in the region have announced two-hour delays and some closures for Tuesday because of the frigid weather.

A wind chill advisory where temperatures can plummet as low as -15 is in effect in Southwestern Pennsylvania until noon Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Moon Township.

A second advisory was issued for the higher elevations in the Westmoreland and Fayette counties' ridge areas where wind chills could dip down as low as -20 degrees.

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Temperatures Tuesday morning hovered between 3 and 9 degrees throughout the region, according to Chris Leonardi, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The only break in the frigid weather comes Wednesday, when temperatures are expected to reach a high of 23 degrees; however, the region is expected to plunge back down into single-digit temperatures with a low of 8 degrees Wednesday night into Thursday morning; Thursday will offer a high of 14 degrees, with lows back to -1 at night and into Friday, with wind chills of -15, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasted daytime highs for the weekend will be: Eight degrees Friday, 11 Saturday and 24 Sunday.

Monday's forecast high of 38 will be followed up by another cold snap.

Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4691, or via Twitter @MaThomas_Trib.

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