OLD CITY (WTXF) - Dangerously cold temperatures have cities and counties declaring code blue emergencies in our area.
Shelters have been bracing for an influx of people as authorities work to get everyone off the streets.
Hypothermia and frost bite are a huge concern as we see wind chills dip to 20 and 30 below over these next few days.
It's the coldest weather we have seen all winter.
If you have to be outside for any reason, you are encouraged to take extra precautions.
High temperatures over the weekend will struggle to make it out of the 30s in the next few days as an Arctic Blast arrives over the area Friday night around midnight.
Strong winds and low wind chills will only make matters worse, with temps in the teens feeling more like single digit or even negative temperatures in some areas.
Sunday will be the coldest day of the weekend, especially in the morning. Wind chills when you wake up will be in the negatives. The high temperature for the day won't make it out of the teens.
Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 15 to 30 below zero, with the coldest in the Poconos.
Flurries and scattered snow showers are a possibility throughout the weekend.
Frostbite and hypothermia are risks for anyone spending an extended period of time outdoors without taking proper precautions.
Also, don't forget to bring your pets inside. If it is too cold for you, it is probably too cold for them as well.
Don't forget to check on any neighbors who may need your assistance, especially the elderly.
More on how to stay warm and safe here: Valentine's Weekend Cold Weather Safety Tips