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Weekend Warm-Up in the Works, But Snow, Chilly Weather Will Likely Return

by on March 08, 2014 7:40 AM

There are a lot of names for the recent weather we've had -- The snow zone, The deep freeze and The-never-ending-winter, -- or worse.

But it appears that finally, we've seen the worst of it. In fact, we're now looking at a weekend warm-up and before long temperatures could hit 50 degrees.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck, Saturday's high will be 47 degrees before a cold front comes through Saturday night.

"The cold front could bring rain or a snow shower Saturday night," he says. "It looks like it will dry out after midnight"

Sunday's high is expected to be 39 degrees, not too far from the normal high of 43 degrees for this time of the year.

And it gets better. Monday's high should be 50 and on Tuesday AccuWeather is calling for temperatures to top out at 58 degrees.

That's a far cry from just last Tuesday when the mercury bottomed out just a few degrees above zero in the State College area -- the most recent exclamation mark on what has been a long, hard winter.

Smerbeck says, "There were 18 days in December when the average temperature was below freezing, 26 days in January and for February 21 days." On top of that, temperatures below zero were recorded on nine different days at the Penn State campus weather station.

However, we're not completely out of the woods just yet. Meteorologists say a storm may come out of the plains on Tuesday and work its way east. There's a chance of snow on Wednesday. And we'll likely see more cold spells ahead.

"It looks like the warming trends we've had this winter have been short lived," says Smerbeck. "We've had a few days when it feels good and then it cools off  again. That trend will continue through March."

Smerbeck says, "We're not going to see bitter cold air but compared to normal -- having highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s for the rest of the month is not out of the question. ... It's going to be a slow ride into spring because of all the snow and ice on the ground."

Visit AccuWeather for the latest forecast.

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