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Storm Track Heads South, Less Snow Expected but Intense Cold Still on the Way

by on March 02, 2014 8:50 AM

If this was a game of chicken, it looks like Mother Nature just blinked. A major winter storm has veered away from Central Pennsylvania taking a forecast for 4-8 inches of snow with it.

"It looked like it was going to be a big storm for us," says AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines. "It looks like the storm is taking a track farther south then we thought and we may get only a couple of inches of snow."

While we may stay relatively snow-free, areas near the Maryland border could be looking at six inches of snow. Parts of Virginia and West Virginia can expect 9-12 inches so if you're heading south you may encounter treacherous travel conditions.

As far as timing goes, "It can pretty much snow anytime it wants to Sunday," says Kines.

State College may have dodged the bullet as far as snow, but we won't be as lucky with the unseasonably cold temperatures.

Sunday's highs will hover around the freezing mark before dropping down close to 10 degrees Sunday night. Monday will be another very cold day with a high near 20.

Monday night we'll be facing another big chill. "Tomorrow night, if you get outside of town there will be many areas that drop below zero," says Kines. "Right in town it will be close to zero, maybe a little bit above."

On Tuesday morning temperatures could be close to the all-time record low for March 4 which is one degree.

And the cold snap is expected to linger on. Kines says, "At least over the next 7-8 days there's no true spring weather heading this way. This time of year we should have highs in the low-40s and lows in the 20s."

Instead, Kines predicts temperatures will continue to hold below normal. However, later in the week we should see temperatures rise into the 40s. "That'll feel nice," says Kines. "But we should be doing better than that. A warmup in March should be 50s and 60s, not 30s & 40s."

Be sure to visit the AccuWeather website for the latest forecast.

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