Dangerous Cold: Sub-Freezing Temps, Powerful Winds

Dangerously strong winds and potentially record-breaking cold slammed the entire area Sunday. Temperatures are expected to fall between 0 to -3 degrees for the Philadelphia area overnight into Monday morning. If that temperature holds, it would break the previous record of 2 degrees set back in 1888.

While the wind speeds will die down, actual temperatures will be colder Monday morning and afternoon, staying in the teens and low 20's with wind chills around -20 degrees Monday morning.

Wind Chill Temperatures Monday by 5 a.m.

Philadelphia: -17 degrees

Trenton: -15 degrees

Toms River: -16 degrees

Atlantic City: -15 degrees

Dover: -14 degrees

Reading: -19 degrees

Allentown: -20 degrees

Poconos: -32 degrees

After the cold, a system that could drop over half a foot of snow in parts of the area will move into the region Monday night into Tuesday morning. You can get more details on the timeline and expected totals here. 

Dangerously low temperatures and face-biting winds already hit the area Sunday morning. Strong gusts blew over leftover snow making the somewhat icy road conditions even more precarious for drivers.

Temperatures dipped late Saturday evening into early Sunday morning with AM lows hitting single digits ahead of an afternoon high of just 15 degrees. The sub-freezing temperatures felt even colder as wind gusts surpassed 50 miles per hour in parts of the region.

The strong winds caused concerns for utility companies as tree limbs could potentially come down and take out power lines. A tree toppled onto the roof of a Delaware County home, trapping one person, while an apartment building in Philly's East Falls neighborhood also had a tree fall onto it.

PECO officials, who activated the emergency response team late Saturday night, are advising customers to stay safe Sunday and prepare for possible storm damage.

At one point more than 1,600 PECO customers in Philly and more than 1,300 others in Delaware County were without power, while the other surrounding suburban counties had a few dozen outages, according to the company website.

PSE&G reported only a handful of customers were without power.

The dangerously low temperatures and high winds led to some cancellations in the area.

The Archdiocese closed parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in Philadelphia.

The 2015 Mike's Seafood Polar Bear Run-Walk for Autism in Sea Isle, New Jersey was cancelled. Race officials have yet to announce a new date for the even.

Several area churches -- the Baptist Worship Center Church in Bridesburg section of Philly, Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pottstown and Warminster Presbyterian Church -- canceled services.

The painful winds and dangerously low temps Sunday followed a blast of snow on Valentine's Day morning and snow squalls throughout the evening, moved through the area later on. During the second round, there were periods of heavy snow causing white-outs, low visibilities and dangerous travel.

Stay with the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team for the latest weather updates throughout the weekend.

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