Freezing cold temps, snow in store Friday

- The end of the week is here, but the end of the cold isn't quite here yet.

Wind chills were brutally cold early Friday, but it's not expected to be as windy during the day Friday as it was on Thursday.

Temperatures won't be getting much more comfortable going into Friday afternoon with a high of just 28 degrees not coming until the afternoon rush hour.

The story Friday night will be about the possibility of snow. A Winter Weather Advisory will go into affect from 10:00 p.m. until 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning in anticipation of the snow. 

By Friday night, we are looking at the snow moving in after midnight, and the Lehigh Valley could see an accumulation of 2,3, maybe even 4-inches of snow, before it changes over to a wintry mix and eventually rain Saturday.

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Our Northern and Western Suburbs could see 1-2 inches before that rainy changeover Saturday. Philadelphia could see a light coating before that too goes from a wintry mix to rain.

Thinks will start to heat up a bit over the weekend with a high of 46 on Saturday and a high of 60 on Sunday. However, that Sunday high may be deceiving as temps are expected to drop throughout the day, kicking off our week with a high of 34 on Monday.

With such dangerous wind child make sure you wear layers of loose fitting clothing so warm air can get trapped between those layers. Don't walk outside without those hats, gloves, and scarves.

Please also make sure space heaters are properly ventilated, and your pet's outdoor exposure is limited

Winter officially arrives next Wednesday.

CODE BLUE

Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services has declared a weeklong Code Blue -- from 6pm Wednesday until 6am next Wednesday, Dec. 21 -- to prevent weather-related deaths among the homeless. The city’s homeless outreach teams increase staffing and foot patrols, and give homeless people access to shelter 24 hours a day.

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Also, during a Code Blue, Philadelphia police are authorized to transport homeless people to a shelter. If you see a person living on the street, they ask you to call Homeless Outreach at 215-232-1984 to report it.

Officials discourage providing the homeless with items such as sleeping bags, tents, mattresses and food, so they can stay in the extreme cold rather than a shelter for even more prolonged periods.

The Bucks County Emergency Management Agency and Health Department issued a "Code Blue" declaration. It’ll last from 7pm Wednesday until 7am Saturday. The December on-call churches -- Emmaus Rod Lutheran Church in Levittown, Neshaminy Warwick Presbyterian Church and Quakertown Masonic Lodge -- plan to activate their emergency shelters. Authorities are asking people to check on their elderly neighbors and take caution with pets, keeping them indoors.

Atlantic city also issued a Code Blue has been from 8pm Wednesday to 8pm on Friday, 12/16. The Rescue Mission is open. The ACPD will provide rides if available.

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