National Weather Service issues wind chill advisory for Feb. 19 and 20

February 18, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- More Arctic-like weather is on the way, and the National Weather Service in State College has issued a wind chill advisory for the central region of Pennsylvania from midnight Thursday (Feb. 19) through 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20. Faculty, staff and students are urged to dress appropriately in layers and wear a hat and gloves.

Temperatures are expected to drop through the evening Thursday and as wind speed increases temperature will feel between 10 degrees below and 25 degrees below zero. Motorists may wish to carry blankets in their automobiles and those venturing outside should layer clothing with the outer layer being tightly woven, preferably wind resistant, to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind. Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors. For more information on staying safe in extreme cold, visit the Centers for Disease Control at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/pdf/extreme-cold-guide.pdf.

Students and employees should check the Penn State News site, Penn State Facebook or PSUAlert for information related to classes or other University operations during inclement weather. Also, WPSU radio or TV will carry any message of cancellations or delayed openings.

All employees and students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own safety and use their own best judgment when considering traveling to or from campus. Faculty and staff also should review "Handling Weather Day Absences" (Human Resources Guideline 10) on the Web at http://guru.psu.edu/policies/OHR/hrg10.html for specific information on how time missed for weather situations is handled.

Last Updated February 18, 2015