Another wintry mess arrives

Any robins that recently made their way to northcentral Pennsylvania for the arrival of spring on Wednesday may want to think twice.

A steady snowfall that began to blanket the area Monday around 3 p.m. will make finding worms and building their nests a little more difficult.

In all, forecasters from the National Weather Service in State College said about up to 4 inches of snow was expected to fall by this morning. As of 5 p.m. Monday, 2 inches already had been recorded at the Williamsport Regional Airport.

That’s very different from just one year ago, when the region saw temperatures in the 70s.

“We were in the middle of a stretch of unseasonably warm weather last year. Quite a difference a year makes,” said Craig Evanego, weather service meteorologist. “Much of the middle of March we saw 70s. We’re chillier this year, but temperatures are probably more normal.”

Monday’s high temperature in the upper 20s still was lower than average temperatures in the upper 40s, however, according to Evanego.

The westbound lanes of Interstate 180 were closed from Turbotville to Muncy due to a jack-knifed tractor-trailer, just east of Muncy, about 9:15 p.m. Monday.

The Williamsport area has received about 31 inches of snow this season, including the most recent round of precipitation, Evanego said. The average annual snowfall total is 36 inches, he said.

Evanego also said the area saw 2.2 inches of snow fall on March 23, 2011.

Today’s high temperature is expected to be in the mid-40s with a chance of rain or thunderstorms before 8 a.m., but “after that, it gets chilly again,” although snow and rain move out, Evanego said.

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers before 2 p.m., followed by a chance of rain showers. Highs will be near 38 degrees. Wednesday night’s low will be around 19.

Thursday brings a chance of snow showers with a high near 33. The low Thursday night also will be near 19.

Friday is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 37.