First the snow, now the bitter temperatures

January 21, 2011 4:13:58 AM PST
Snow and wicked winds are joining bitter temperatures in western Pa., dropping wind chills near zero and giving some kids an early start to their weekend.

Four to 5 inches of snow fells overnight in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, with more still falling as of 6 a.m. Friday. National Weather Service meteorologist Rich Redmond says temperatures have fallen steadily into the upper teens and will stay there most of the day.

Redmond says wind chills will hover around zero through the day and drop as far as minus-10 Friday night.

Some schools opting to close entirely in western and northeastern Pennsylvania, where as much as 5 inches of snow fell.

Speed restrictions are in place on the Delaware River bridges in Philadelphia but speed restrictions have been lifted for the westernmost 122-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Motorists in New Jersey are facing a messy drive to work Friday because of the ninth storm of the winter season.

The precipitation is ending.

Accumulations range from one inch along the shore, where there was mostly rain, to as much as five inches in the northwest part of the Garden State.

Transportation Department spokesman Joe Dee says more than 1,800 plows and salt spreaders are on the major roadways. Dee says they'll remain on duty because temperatures are expected to drop and motorists could face icy conditions.

Speed restrictions are on effect on the New Jersey Turnpike.

NJ Transit bus passengers should expect scattered delays. Buses and trains are cross-honoring passes.

Travelers should check with their airlines for delays before heading to the airport.