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Winter storm watch in effect for area

Brrrrrrrr… Recent chilly temperatures caused the water to freeze into ice at Reservoir Park in Tyrone. The ducks didn’t seem to mind though as they still made their way around the pond. (The Daily Herald/Kris Yaniello)

The northern Blair County area was greeted with windy and extra cold weather this morning, causing Bellwood-Antis and Tyrone Area School districts to call for two-hour delays because of morning wind chill values as low as 20 below.
A wind chill advisory remained in effect until 10 a.m. this morning, and a winter storm watch will be in effect from Tuesday morning through Wednesday morning.
Tonight’s temperatures are expected to reach about 10 degrees, with a chance of snow after midnight.
However, Tuesday, forecasters are calling for snow, mixing with freezing rain and sleet in the afternoon.
Snow and sleet accumulation could reach two to four inches, with an ice accumulation of less than one quarter of an inch.
Tuesday night, more bad weather is expected to visit the area, as freezing rain, sleet and snow is likely.
Travelers will also be greeted Wednesday morning with the chance of more freezing rain and snow showers, possibly causing icy road conditions.
According to AccuWeather, the cause for the cold weather is an arctic high built into the Ohio Valley that allowed the brutal cold to hover over the Northeast. After the passing of an arctic cold front through Sunday, temperatures plummeted and cold winds raked the region.
Damage, such as downed power lines and trees, was reported across the East on Sunday. The most notable impact is the painful cold that will be unrelenting over the next few days.