The first official snowstorm of this winter will greet county residents tonight into Sunday, but folks shouldn’t expect much in the way of major accumulations as a result.
Craig Evanego, meteorologist with the National Weather Service State College bureau, said the area, as predicted earlier in the week, is on the northern fringes of a storm that will bring more accumulations to the county’s south.
“Right now, for Huntingdon County, we’re expecting 2-3 inches of snow,” he said. “Amounts will be a little bit higher as you head toward the Maryland border, and lighter amounts are expected the farther north you travel.”
Evanego said areas like the Blue Ridge Mountains in western Virginia are looking like they will see the most accumulation of snow from this storm.
“They are looking at something on the order of 6-8 inches of snow, with maybe even higher amounts locally,” he said.
After the storm passes through Sunday, the latter half of the weekend will be quiet with cooler temperatures.
“We may have some light snow early in the day Sunday with some clearing in the afternoon,” said Evanego. “It looks like temperatures will stay chilly with high temperatures in the low 30s. Any snow that may fall, however, will stick to the ground.”
The beginning of the work week will be quiet.
“Monday and Tuesday will both be mostly sunny with highs Monday in the low 30s and partly sunny with highs in the mid-30s Tuesday and Wednesday,” said Evanego. “It looks like it will get above freezing Tuesday and Wednesday and we may chip away at some of the snow.”
Going into Wednesday night into Thursday, there may be a reinforcing shot of cold air, said Evanego, but that shot of cold air won’t bring much in the way of precipitation.
The next opportunity for any sort of precipitation will be next Friday, he said.
But, Evanego said any chance for mild temperatures like people saw to start the year will be slim.
“We’re probably back closer to where we should be for this time of year,” he said. “At least we’re not seeing any big rainfall events. For the second half of 2018, it seemed like we were getting steady rainfall every few days, so at least we’ve broken that pattern.”