Cold days early will give way to milder temps later in week

Is it possible Punxsutawney Phil may have missed seeing his shadow on Saturday?

With temperatures expected to remain below freezing today and Tuesday along with the possibility of some light snow, there’s little sign that spring is on its way as predicted by the furry groundhog.

“Basically, we are going to have a series of weak Alberta Clipper systems dropping through the area through the middle of the week,” said National Weather Service forecaster Craig Evanego. “As each one passes, we’ll have a chance of snow showers or even a period of steady snow. We’re not expecting any big snowfalls.”

For today it will be mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow in the afternoon.

Snow accumulations will amount to less than a half inch.

The high temperature will be 27 degrees.

There’s a chance of snow showers Tuesday. Otherwise, it will be partly sunny with a high of 28.

After Tuesday it will begin feeling a bit warmer.

“We have high pressure that is going to build in for Wednesday and Thursday,” said Evanego. “So we’ll have slightly milder temperatures.”

It will be mostly cloudy Wednesday with a high of 32 and predominately sunny Thursday with a high of 35.

For Friday and Saturday there’s a chance of rain and snow showers.

Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy both days with highs in the upper 30s to low 40s.

Since Nov. 1, 23.1 inches of snow has fallen in the Williamsport area, according to the National Weather Service.

“That’s about normal,” Evanego said.

And despite some cold temperatures of late, it’s been a fairly mild winter, he added.