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Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Sledding at the Lehigh County Sports Fields. Patch File Photo
Sledding at the Lehigh County Sports Fields. Patch File Photo
The snow gave way to chilly temperatures Friday as road crews and South Whitehall residents cleared snow from streets, driveways and sidewalks.

With the sun shining, temperatures were expected to reach a high of 18 degrees in the Lehigh Valley, but it was expected to feel like 11 degrees below zero because of the wind chill, the National Weather Service said. Wind gusts could reach 33 mph.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission lifted the 45 mph speed limit restriction on the entire Turnpike, including the Northeastern Extension, at 10 a.m. Friday. However, the turnpike commission cautioned motorists to keep alert for changing weather conditions and to remember to remove all snow and ice from vehicles before hitting the highway.

In case of an accident, breakdown or other emergency, the turnpike advises:

  • Motorists can utilize the yellow emergency call boxes on the shoulder of the turnpike or dial *11 or 1-800-332-3880 to receive help. 
  • Be prepared to give your milepost location and direction of travel, plus move any vehicles out of the travel lanes if possible.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation also lifted the speed limit restrictions on most roadways in east central Pennsylvania.  PennDOT is continuing to treat roadways in the area.

South Whitehall noted on its website that the township recycling center will be closed Saturday.

What will the weather be like this weekend?

The National Weather Service said Saturday will be sunny with a high near 24 in the Lehigh Valley, but the wind chill will make if feel more like -1 degrees. 

Snow is likely again Sunday before 2 p.m., following by rain after 3 p.m. Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 36 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

Send us your snow photos to post on Patch. Send to daryl.nerl@patch.com or post directly on Patch here. 


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