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.
The wintry weather we woke up to today is merely an appetizer for what's predicted into tomorrow, and it's prompted a winter storm watch from noon today until 6 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in State College, today will be a sandwich of wintry weather. After a dusting of snow late Sunday and into this morning, there's a chance for additional snowfall between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. today and potentially more snow and sleet after 2 p.m. Accumulations are expected to be light, with a high near 35.
Tonight, there will be a chance of additional snow and sleet before 8 p.m., followed by all snow overnight into Tuesday morning. The snow is expected to change back to sleet sometime between 8 and 9 a.m. Tuesday, followed by freezing rain after 2 p.m. which may last until 8 p.m. before changing over to rain and then back to snow from 2 to 8 a.m. Wednesday.
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 storms harder to predict. Much depends on how far north warmer air moves.
"The precipitation coming through this week will be in two parts. We're anticipating snow early Monday, followed by a break during the day, with a second front arriving Monday night into Tuesday. The second system has the potential to provide higher snow accumulations, but nothing major," he said.
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."