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Dry Fall, Snowy Winter Predicted for State College Area

by on September 02, 2014 6:00 AM

Don't get too used to the summery conditions we've been having the past few days -- a change in the weather may be lurking down the road.

In fact, AccuWeather Meteorologist Paul Pastelok says State College residents can expect a snowy winter following a mostly dry fall season.

"I would be wiping the cobwebs ... off the snow blowers," says Pastelok.

While Pastelok predicts a snowy winter, he says AccuWeather will release a formal and more detailed winter forecast in late September or early October.

As for the fall, overall, Pastelok says it will be mostly dry and not terribly cold. After a summer filled with substantial rain, Pastelok says September and October are expected to be mostly dry with the exception of a couple potential rainstorms in early September.

Pastelok also says temperatures will be right around normal with a couple of cool snaps in the second half of September. There is also some concern frost could show up a week or two earlier than usual, he says.

Pastelok expects November to be include more precipitation. "It may get a little rough" and the State College area could see some bigger systems with the potential threat of snow, Pastelok says.

Additionally, Pastelok notes the fall fog season is underway in State College. "In the first half of September we may see several foggy starts to the day," he says.

The first official day of autumn is Sept. 23. The first official day of winter is Dec. 21.

For the latest AccuWeather forecast, click HERE.

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