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New Arctic Blast brings local area under winter storm watch

The Polar Vortex we experienced a couple of weeks ago has come and gone. Now a new blast of Arctic weather is headed towards the New Castle County and Cecil County area Tuesday. While temperatures may not hit as low as they did with the Polar Vortex, this new Arctic Blast will place the area under a winter storm watch.

A winter storm watch has been issued for Tuesday for Philadelphia area.
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National Weather Service Alert Issued

Around 3:45am Monday morning, the National Weather Service in Philadelphia issued a statement. Snow accumulation between four and six inches is anticipated. Temperatures will be in the lower 20s dropping into the teens. North winds 15 to 25 MPH with gusts 25 to 35 MPH are expected which will make it feel much colder. The winter storm watch is set from 7:00am Tuesday until 1:00am Wednesday morning.

How You Should Prepare

Travel may become hazardous across the area, especially across bridges, which ice up first. Temperatures will be bitter cold so dress yourselves and children warmly. Place pets indoors to keep them warm and safe. Should the wind chill cause temperatures to reach subzero levels maintain indoor heating no lower than room temperature, between 72 and 75 degrees. Set them higher at night to help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.

Parents should stay tuned to your local news stations for schools closings. You can also visit school district websites for closing updates as well. For Christina School District visit christinak12.org and for Cecil County Public Schools visit ccps.org for the latest updates.