Wyoming Valley residents should get a break from the bone-chilling cold as the week progresses with the temperature expected to reach 50 on Saturday.
Dangerously cold air settled into the Wyoming Valley on Tuesday and broke a record low temperature that was set in 1988. The temperature hit -4 degrees at about 7 a.m., shattering the previous record of 3 degrees.
The cold was not quite as brutal on Wednesday.
Tom Clark, a meteorologist with WNEP, said temperatures stayed steady at 2 degrees overnight into Wednesday, which he said didn’t break the record low of -3. The day’s high temperature was in the mid teens.
It was still cold enough to cause some schools to operate on a two-hour delayed start in Luzerne County.
Temperatures are expected to climb to 29 degrees today with light and variable winds. The National Weather Service predicts a slight chance of snow after 2 a.m., but no significant amounts are expected.
Tonight’s low is expected to dip back down to 20 degrees, but the winds will remain light, so there will be little to no wind chill factor.
Temperatures should climb to the upper 30s Friday, with a slight chance of snow before 1 p.m.
A slight chance of rain and snow is expected on Friday night, with a low around 32 degrees.
Temperatures are expected to swell past the freezing mark to an unseasonable 50 degrees on Saturday. Rain is likely on Saturday, along with the chance for rain and snow on Saturday night.
Temperatures should dip back down to the mid 30s on Saturday night, before rebounding back to the mid 40s on Sunday with partly sunny skies.