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Waiting for Spring's Return With Winter Weather Hanging On

by on March 31, 2015 10:40 AM

You know the old saying about March weather: in like a lion, out like a lamb.

Just not this year.

Thirty-one days ago, on March 1, the temperature in State College was hovering around the freezing mark with three inches of fresh snow on the ground.

So you can be forgiven for expecting mild weather at the end of the month.

Instead, on March 31, the National Weather Service has posted a Winter Weather Advisory, with temperatures in the 30s and the forecast calling for more snow.

Fortunately, this is expected to be a nuisance storm for the State College area.

"I don't think we need to rush to the grocery store and stock up on bread and milk," says AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines. "I think most of the problems with the snow are probably going to be north of Interstate 80. ... I don't think accumulation-wise there's going to be anything to worry about. ... the worst case scenario, maybe an inch or two."

Kines says the snow might accumulate on the grass but will melt when it hits the roads. On top of that, the threat of snow will diminish as we head through Monday afternoon.

Interestingly enough, Northern Pennsylvania is much colder with temperatures in the low 30s. Three or four inches of snow could fall in some northern areas. The southern part of the state is significantly warmer with temperatures flirting with 60 degrees.

We're right in the middle with with temperatures expected to top out around 40 degrees. Wednesday's high will be in the 40s and on Thursday and Friday "there is a legitimate shot at being in the 60s."

But it won't last.

The weekend will be much colder. Saturday and Sunday will likely see highs in the 40s and there could be snow flurries around. The normal high for this time of year is in the low 50s.

But there is still reason to hope that spring will get here -- eventually. "I do think as we head into next week and probably the week after, we're going to see more of these days with temperatures getting into the 60s," says Kines. "The pattern is trying to change and it will change. It's just going to be a slow process."

"Hang in there. You gotta take baby steps in the spring. Eventually we're going to get there."

Click HERE for the latest AccuWeather forecast.


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