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Dramatic Temperature Drop May Create Slick Conditions Wednesday Night

by on March 12, 2014 6:00 AM

A drastic drop in temperature over a period of just a few hours Wednesday may quickly create icy conditions in the evening.

The day will start off rainy and mild with the temperature reaching about 48 degrees before cold air from Canada moves in. Rain will change over into snow by evening, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck.

Rain will change to snow around 6 p.m., with sleet possible during the transition. One inch of snow is expected for State College with higher elevations seeing more accumulation.

At 4 p.m., temperatures will be in the 40s. Around 6 p.m. it will be around freezing and by 10 p.m., temperatures could be as low as the teens.

"People need to be ready for it. The roads could become a skating rink within an hour," says Smerbeck.

The snow will stop by Thursday morning, but the cold will remain. And it's expected to get windy. The high Thursday will be 21 with a wind chill making temperatures feel at least negative 10.

Milder weather will return Friday with temperatures starting out around 13 and increasing to about 50. Saturday is expected to be mild as well. However, a cold front will move in Sunday into Monday, sending temperatures lower once again.

For the latest AccuWeather forecast, click HERE.

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