What a difference a week can make.
Last weekend seemed more like spring in central Pennsylvania as the temperatures soared to nearly 70 degrees.
But a cold air mass from Alberta, Canada, coming on the heels of a storm brewing in the Pacific Ocean, could bring measurable snow this Saturday and an extended period of below-average temperatures, according to the National Weather Service in State College.
Sounds just like winter in central Pennsylvania.
“The storm will intensify as it crosses the Rockies and makes its way across the Great Lakes,” meteorologist Mike Colbert said Monday afternoon. “The question is whether there is enough warm weather aloft to change snow to sleet and rain on Saturday.”
Colbert said it’s too soon to talk about inch totals. The National Weather Service will have a better idea about that beginning on Wednesday. But he expects whatever this is to be a one-day event.
“It looks like it will start in early morning on Saturday and go throughout the day,” he said. “Five days out, anything can change.”
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He might not know how much snow will fall, but Colbert knows what will follow Saturday’s precipitation. Cold, and plenty of it.
“Once this storm comes through, temperatures are going to drop and it’s going to be colder than average for at least a week, maybe several weeks,” Colbert said.
Shelly Stallsmith is a trends reporter for the York Daily Record. She can be reached at email@example.com or followed on Twitter at @ShelStallsmith.
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