Sunny today, wintry mix on way Tuesday

Although area residents off from school and work today in observance of Presidents Day will enjoy sunny weather this afternoon, the National Weather Service in State College is predicting that it won’t last long.

“(Today) should be a nice day,” said meteorologist Craig Evanego, of the weather service. “After a chilly start, we’re expecting a great deal of sunshine.”

But the sun won’t stay out for long as Evanego reported that Tuesday will be cloudy with a possibility of a “wintry mix,” which could include a combination of sleet, freezing rain or snow.

“There’s a system that … is coming from the Mississippi Valley,” he said.

As temperatures warm up in the afternoon into the 40s, Evanego said any occurring precipitation should change to rain. He added that experiencing all kinds of precipitations in one day has to do with how deep a layer of cold air runs.

As he explained, the longer cold air runs from the clouds to the ground, the better chance there is for a frozen precipitation. Even if it melts during its fall, it could refreeze into “ice pellets.”

For rain during colder weather, Evanego said: “It’ll start as snow in the clouds and then it melts (before hitting the ground).”

The wet weather should only last for one day, Evanego reported.

“It looks like things clear out Wednesday,” he said.

Temperatures will remain in the 30s for most of the week. Friday could see more showers.

Overall, Evanego said the weather is typical for the time of year in the area.

“It’s not unusual,” he said of the weather. “This time of year, Williamsport sees temperatures in the upper 30s, so its going to be a fairly normal week.”