Messy weather is on the way

It’s late February in central Pennsylvania, and that often means the days grow longer and the temperatures continue to rise. However, possible snow or freezing rain in the forecast this week is a reminder that winter is not yet over.

Plenty of sunshine is in the forecast for today, with a high temperature of 41 degrees. It likely will be the nicest day of the week.

Tuesday will bring a different story.

“It’s kind of messy weather coming Tuesday and Tuesday night,” said forecaster Mike Dangelo of the National Weather Service in State College.

Rain and snow are likely in the afternoon, although it’s hard to tell exactly what the precipitation will be, he said.

Dangelo said it might start as snow or sleet and then, perhaps, turn to rain. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

The high Tuesday will be 43. The overnight low will be 34.

Rain and snow are in the forecast for Wednesday morning, before turning to rain. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

Otherwise, it will be cloudy with a high of 45.

No significant amounts of sleet or snow are expected either Tuesday or Wednesday.

There’s a chance of snow showers Thursday and Friday. Highs will be in the high 30s to low 40s.

Saturday is expected to be partly sunny and have a high of 37.

So far this winter, 26.3 inches of snow has fallen in the Williamsport area.

Normal snowfall amounts for an entire winter amount to just over 36 inches, according to Dangelo.

The chances of getting much more snow dwindle as spring gets closer.

“It’s pretty rare for us to have a significant snowfall after March,” he said.