Wind chills expected to reach -25°F in Pittsburgh Monday night

Wind chills expected to reach -25°F in Pittsburgh Monday night
January 6, 2014, 11:45 am
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The expected wind chill overnight in Pittsburgh is going to be -25°F. That’s what happens when a true low of -4°F is combined with a 25-35 mile-per-hour wind. There is a 30 percent chance of snow.

I think this, back at the game's inception, was Exhibit A as to why basketball should be played indoors, especially in the mountains of western Pennsylvania in January. Granted, this is a historically frigid cold front that is moving across the United States.

From the Weather Channel forecast for Pittsburgh on Monday night:

“Bitterly cold. Mostly cloudy and windy. Scattered snow showers before midnight. Dangerous wind chills … Wind chill warning remains in effect from 1 p.m. this afternoon to 10 a.m. EST Wednesday … Winter weather advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m. EST this afternoon.”

Don’t stereotype Pittsburgh as some type of frozen tundra. The average January low is a (comparatively) balmy 21°F.

Here in Maryland, we’ll see the same sort of record low temperatures, with a low of 7°F and a wind chill of -10°F.

Let’s just hope they have the heat cranking at Petersen Events Center on Monday night.

[RELATED: Preview Maryland's Monday matchup with Pittsburgh]