Much colder here but tornado to our north, straight-line wind damage west

- Saturday night’s thunderstorms did more than make everything wet. They ushered in more seasonable temperatures, which are much colder than the unusual warm weather we’ve been having.

But we were lucky. A tornado has now been conformed in Luzerne County, and there's straight-line wind damage in Lancaster County.

FOX 29’s meteorologist Scott Williams says the severe weather moved out to sea.

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Sunday started with temperatures in the 30s and wind chills in the 20s.

Make sure to layer up when you get dressed. It’s going to stay chilly, with high temperatures in the 40s – not the 70s.

Looking at the next week, we will have a warming trend through Wednesday, when Scott is predicting 68. But then, we go back down with highs in the 40s next weekend.

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Areas to the north and west of us had it worse.

The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down in northeastern Pennsylvania as storms swept through the region over the weekend, but other damage in central Pennsylvania was due to straight-line winds.
 
Investigators said straight-line winds estimated at 75 to 95 mph caused damage over a nine-mile path Saturday in Brickerville in Lancaster County.
 
The Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency said at least seven buildings, mostly farm buildings, were reported destroyed in West Cocalico Township. Trees were reported blown into homes in Clay and Elizabeth townships.
 
Emergency crews spent hours cutting fallen trees and clearing wires and debris from roads around the county.
 
Meteorologist Kevin Fitzgerald said there were reports of one-inch hail stones in several areas of Lancaster and Lebanon counties.
 
No injuries were reported.
 
 
A weather service team says the tornado in the Pittston Township area of Luzerne County will be classified as an EF-2 with wind speeds of 120 mph.
 
Luzerne County Emergency Management officials said about 30 homes were damaged, six seriously, in Pittston Township.

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To our northeast, unseasonably mild temperatures at the Jersey Shore didn't faze thousands of people who willingly plunged into the chilly Atlantic Ocean as part of a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.

Organizers say temperatures were near the mid-50s and the water temperature was about 44 degrees when participants in the 24th annual Polar Bear Plunge entered the water on Saturday afternoon in Seaside Heights.

Many of the estimated 6,700 participants came dressed in costumes, such as Vikings, polar bears and even Santa Claus. Many said the weather conditions were much better than in previous years, but the cold water still made an impact.

Organizers expect to raise more than the record-setting $1.7 million the event generated last year.

The Special Olympics serves more than 25,000 athletes in New Jersey.

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