By John Focht
PHILADELPHIA — Roller coaster temperatures have provided the Philadelphia area plenty of headaches over the past week with more up-and-down temps to come.
The weather has been frightful for eastern Pennsylvania the past week, and temperatures are expected again to plunge into the deep freeze. We’re expecting a high of 14 degrees for Tuesday.
With the snow hitting hard Thursday night into Friday, after-school and sports activities were cancelled Thursday evening. By Friday morning, 4-6 inches of snow were dumped on the region.
Area schools were closed on Friday, giving the kids a reprieve just one day after returning from the long Christmas break. The snow day brought another day of sledding, snowman, and snowball fights for the neighborhood kids. For the parents, well, it was another sick day or working from home day.
Parents needed to be mindful of the bitter cold temperatures on Friday though. With heavy winds, the wind chill temperatures fell into single-digits for much of the day on Friday causing parents to be on top of how long the kids were outside throughout the course of the day. Normal temperatures this time of year are typically around 32 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Additional precipitation struck the area on Sunday morning, but with temperatures hovering at the freezing mark, it caused for area roadways to turn into virtual ice skating rinks. Driving conditions were treacherous as temperatures remained at the freezing mark for much of the morning.
Area back-roads and side-streets were virtually impassable for much of the morning on Sunday.
The temperatures continued to seesaw into Monday, as a warm front moved into the area Sunday night into Monday. Although highs on Monday were in the 40’s, the front also brought with it a heavy dousing of rain. With temperatures expected to quickly plunge to single digits by nightfall Monday night, it looks like area roads will be back to their ice skating conditions by Tuesday morning.