Icy Conditions & More Snow Coming, but Weather Pattern Could (Finally) be Changing
March 04, 2015 12:00 PM
by Steve Bauer
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Enjoy Wednesday's weather warm up.

Winter won't be away for long.

The State College area is going through a bit of a mini thaw with temperatures reaching the mid-thirties. That's a welcome break after Tuesday night's messy sleet storm. Slushy sidewalks and side streets made travel an adventure.

Penn State and State College Area School District both started the day by announcing that classes would be delayed because of slippery conditions. Both, the university and the school district, later decided to cancel classes altogether for Wednesday.

Penn State doesn't close often. According to the university, the last time classes were canceled happened after a snowstorm on Nov. 12, 2009. That was 5 years ago.

Overnight, PennDOT placed speed restrictions on many highways including I-99 and I-80. Most speed restrictions were lifted by late Wednesday morning.

The adventure continues Wednesday evening, when temperatures fall back below freezing. "Anything that's wet is going to freeze up again overnight, so you have to watch out for that," warns AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines.

Not only that, but we're on the northern edge of another winter storm. The AccuWeather forecast is calling for up to three inches of snow by the time Thursday morning rolls around.

"I think it's going to be enough to cause travel problems," says Kines. "The ice that doesn't melt by this afternoon is going to be covered up by the snow. ... You have to keep in mind that underneath that snow might be some ice."

Thursday will see highs in the twenties before the bottom drops out of the mercury. Temperatures Thursday night will plunge into the single digits in State College with outlying areas facing what could be sub-zero cold.

Friday will head back up into the twenties and we're expecting temperatures in the mid-thirties for the weekend. At this time of the year, high temperatures should be in the lower forties.

But perhaps, relief is finally in sight. "I think, next week, we have a legitimate shot at seeing temperatures up into the forties," says Kines. Not to send anybody into a frenzy or anything, but it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibilities that one of those days could hit 50.

"It definitely looks like the pattern is changing. ... I think next week we'll see a more noticeable difference. Number one, I think the weather pattern will become less stormy and it should become milder as well."

Be sure to check the latest AccuWeather forecast.


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