Mary Schreiber headed out into what felt like -20 degrees this morning to walk her dog Rosie at 8 a.m, but not without first bundling up so well that she was barely recognizable. Only her eyes were visible in a slit between her plaid scarf and light-colored hat. She and Rosie may have stepped out into history-making low temperatures.
With winds whipping and temperatures dipping overnight, Lititz residents woke up to what could be the coldest conditions in a century for any February 15. If this temperature trend continues, the Fire and Ice sculptures could still be in Lititz Springs Park until the Lion’s Club Easter Egg Hunt.
Millersvile University meteorologist Eric Horst told LititzDailyNews.com today that there is no official record of temperatures in Lititz, but that “MU obs(servations) are official for Lancaster back to 1914.” He has reported today that this is the coldest February 15 on record in Lancaster in 101 years.
With lots of layers on, Schreiber said the chill wasn’t that bad.
“Lots of layers helped, so it wasn’t really all that bad for me,” Schreiber said via Facebook chat. And how did Rosie fare?
“She seemed to love it!” Schrieber said. “Today has been about shorter more frequent walks, to keep her from getting too cold.”
Real-feel temperatures in Lititz are not expected to rise into positive digits until after noon on Monday. But is there another snowstorm on the way?
Horst is calling for more snow overnight Monday into Tuesday, with between 2-3 inches expected to fall in Lancaster City, 2 inches near the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and five inches around the Mason-Dixon line.
Lynn Rebuck covers all things Lititz, including the weather, for LititzDailyNews.com. She welcomes your comments and questions at editor@LititzDaily.com.