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Winter Storm Expected to Bring Heavy Snow, More Brutal Cold

by on March 01, 2014 9:35 AM

It looks like March is coming in like a lion with some extreme winter weather in the forecast for the next couple of days.

Saturday looks fairly pleasant with high temperatures hovering around the freezing mark.

However, a two-part winter storm is expected to sweep across the region later Saturday night. Things could get really tricky Sunday night through Monday morning.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards says, "I think well be dry Saturday with a high of 34 degrees. There's actually two parts to the storm. A front will give us some snow tonight."

Richards isn't expecting very much snow on Saturday, but that will change by the end of the weekend. "I think the real storm will begin tomorrow around mid to late morning and will last into Monday morning," says Richards. "I think we'll get 4-8 inches."

According to Richards this will be a "middle of the road storm" meaning we'll see significant snowfall but nothing too severe. If the storm tracks farther south we might only get a few inches of snow but 4-8 inches is more likely. Earlier predictions raised the possibility of sleet and freezing rain but this is now looking to be an all-snow event.

But snow is only part of the winter weather equation. Temperatures will be heading south once again. "After this storm, even during the storm, we're going to be stuck in the teens on Monday," says Richards, who expects a low of two below zero on Monday night.

"We're going to be pretty close to a record low temperature," says Richards, noting that the all-time record low for March 3 is six below zero. That record has stood since 1959.

Fortunately, the cold should moderate by late next week. "We may have a little bit of relief but I don't think we're going to have any lasting relief, says Richards. It will be around freezing but temperatures will still be below normal."

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Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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