Old Man Winter is sticking around; more snow to hit Thursday
SHAMOKIN - What seems like a never-ending barrage of Old Man Winter's wrath isn't coming to an end any time soon.
According to weather.gov, today is expected to be sunny with a high near 23 degrees and wind chill values as low as minus 3.
It's a heat wave compared to Tuesday night.
According to meteorologist Elyse Colbert of the National Weather Service (NWS) in State College, temperatures Tuesday night were expected to drop below zero with a low of minus 2.
"Clear skies will add to the cold," said Colbert Tuesday, noting clouds can actually keep temperatures on the ground warmer.
Colbert said wind chill was not a factor, so the temperature on the thermometer Tuesday night was an accurate representation.
High temperatures for the rest of the week will top out at 37 Friday and lows will dip into the teens, according to the website.
As far as a possible snowstorm for later this week, Colbert said it's too early to forecast what the Shamokin-Mount Carmel area can expect. NWS is tracking the storm - which is now over the Rockies - carefully.
"Right now, we're looking at two to four inches," said Colbert.
According to the NWS, data later today may provide a clearer picture. From the Rockies, the storm is expected to interact with thunderstorms near the Gulf, putting the storm here tonight into early Thursday. The interaction between these weather systems and their direction will determine the actual snowfall.
According to weather.gov at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, snow will start falling after 2 a.m. Thursday and will continue falling throughout the day when the high temperature will be 32 degrees. New snow accumulation of less than an inch is possible early Thursday morning. Snow showers are possible Friday.
Colbert said it now appears the storm is likely to travel up the Appalachian Mountains. If it veers farther west, snow accumulations will increase for central Pennsylvania. If it stays east, the accumulations will be lower, but still enough to shovel. The York, Lancaster and Philadelphia areas are likely to get more significant amounts regardless of the storm's direction.