SHAMOKIN — Note to all those whose minds are weary of cold weather and focused on spring: The early part of this week will serve as a powerful reminder that winter is still with us.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in State College, today will be a sandwich of wintry weather.
Today’s morning snow was predicted to change over to sleet sometime after 4 a.m., followed by a mixture of snow and sleet until 1 p.m., then freezing rain, which may last until 8 p.m. and affect the daytime and evening commutes before changing over to rain and then back to snow again from 2 to 8 a.m. Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the snow showers could mix with rain before 1 p.m., followed by a slight chance of additional snow in the afternoon with a daytime high of 34 and overnight low around 25.
Bill Gartner, NWS State College meteorologist, said Pennsylvania’s air and surface temperatures have been hovering near the freezing mark when much of this winter’s precipitation has fallen, which creates the changeovers we’ve been seeing and makes the type of precipitation harder to predict. Much depends on how far north the warmer air moves.
“This week’s precipitation came in two parts. The first brought light snowfall Sunday night into Monday. The second front will arrive overnight Monday into Tuesday and has the potential to provide higher snow accumulations of up to 4 inches, but nothing major. The bigger threat will be from the potential for freezing rain,” he reported.
Gartner said this type of weather is not unusual for this time of year.
“It’s still wintertime. People need to understand that and be careful, whether they’re out walking or driving,” he said. “If they’re unsure, play it safe and don’t take any chances.”