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Winter-Weary Residents Dig Out, Another 'Snow Event' Possible this Weekend

by on February 06, 2014 6:40 AM

Just three short days ago, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow and was spooked by his shadow, signaling six more weeks of winter.

In State College, the wintry weather has been coming fast and furious - and there's no end in sight.

With residents still digging out from two storms that left behind 3-4 inches of snow, sleet, and freezing rain, more snow could be on its way this weekend. According to AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dan Tybynowski, snow flurries could start falling as early as Saturday evening, continuing on and off into Sunday.

"At this point, we're not thinking it's going to be as strong or as potent as the storm we just dealt with, but there probably is still the possibility for a few inches of fresh snow," says Tybynowski.

Tybynowski expects temperatures to remain in the upper 20s to mid 30s. "Given the track that the storm is taking and given the amount of cold air that will be in place, we should just be looking at snow," he adds.

Not surprisingly, some people are sick and tired of breaking out the shovels.

"It's pretty heavy snow," says State College resident Virginia Brickwedde. "And if you don't do it right away, it gets to be hard and full of ice."

Brickwedde says the heavy snow has been so bad that one of her neighbors went out and bought a new ergonomically-designed shovel to make it easier to lift the dense, slushy mix.

For Brickwedde, the heavy snowfall is nothing new. She grew up in State College, attended Penn State, and moved back after working in the Peace Corps in the South Pacific and New Zealand for a few years after graduation. She's been living in the Homes Foster neighborhood for 20 years, where she says she likes to take advantage of being outside - even if it's to do manual labor.

"I always say that I like the outdoor jobs - raking the leaves, mowing the lawn, and shoveling snow," she says. "So I'm probably not as fed up with it as other people are."

After experiencing warmer temperatures last week, it looked like we might get a break. At least, that's what twenty-year-old Levi Vonada thought.

"When I woke up Monday morning after we had all that warm weather over the weekend, I'm like 'man, this is awesome. I'm going to be able to break the motorcycle out here soon and put the sleds away,'" says Vonada, of Aaronsburg, Pa. "But when I woke up and looked outside today, I was like 'oh man, I have to shovel more snow!"

Along with attending class at Central Pennsylvania Institute, Vonada does part-time maintenance for a company that manages apartment buildings in State College. Working 12 hour shifts, he and the rest of the maintenance crew remove snow from driveways, walkways, and staircases around apartment buildings in town.

"Grass doesn't grow in the winter," says Vonada, who studies horticulture and landscaping at CPI. "Might as well shovel snow."

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C.J. Doon is a frequent contributor to Onward State and is a former intern. A Long Island native, Doon is studying print journalism at Penn State.
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