- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Six below in Pittsburgh. Fifteen below in nearby Butler. Eighteen below in New Castle.

Extreme, record cold Friday is making Pennsylvania feel like the arctic, closing schools, busting water mains and slowing the morning commute.

Public schools in Pittsburgh, Erie and hundreds of suburban and rural communities shut down. Parochial schools, including Philadelphia’s large Catholic school system, also closed.

In Pittsburgh, one school’s planned field trip Monday to the National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington was already being postponed.

Several water main breaks were reported in the Philadelphia suburbs. Temperatures in the low single-digits covered affected roadways in ice and slush.

Philadelphia’s transit agency reported commuter train delays of up to a half-hour. SEPTA is advising riders to use caution with slippery parking lots and platforms.

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