By kalea hall
Mahoning Valley, get ready for frigid temperatures that will extend into next week.
The Valley may see some record-breaking low temperatures along with snowfall into next Wednesday, said Mike Joyce, 21 WFMJ-TV meteorologist.
By this evening, snowfall is expected to range from 4 to 6 inches in the Youngstown area and possibly more in northern Trumbull County, Joyce said.
Snowfall that was expected to begin around 1 to 2 a.m. this morning will continue throughout the day and taper off toward this evening.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the region until 1 a.m. Friday.
Joyce said more snow is possible from Sunday into Monday.
Along with the white stuff, brutally low temperatures also are forecast, with a low temperature of 3 degrees expected Friday morning and a low of zero degrees Saturday.
Next week will bring even colder conditions. It is expected to be between 16 and 20 degrees below zero Tuesday morning.
According to the National Weather Service, the normal high for the Valley in January is 32.5 degrees and the low 19.1 degrees. The record low for January is minus 22 degrees in 1994.
“This is actually one of the coldest air masses that has come into the Valley in 20 years,” Joyce said. “It could be record-breaking.”
Below-zero temperatures are expected into Wednesday.
The wind also will pick up with wind chills expected to be 25 to 30 below zero. School closings can be expected with the low temperatures and snowfall.
“I would stay inside most of the time if you can,” Joyce said.