Easter to see warmer temps, after snow today

Following a week of chillier temperatures and snow, Easter weekend should see a rise in temperatures and weather better associated with spring, according to the National Weather Service in State College.

“It looks like temperatures will be pretty close to normal, which is about 50 (degrees) for a high,” meteorologist Rob Radzanowski said of the weekend forecast. “I don’t see any significant weather at this time.”

But before Peter Cottontail makes his way to the area, snow, once again, is in the forecast for today.

“We are going to have a late season wintry storm come through (today). Around the Williamsport area, we are looking at about 2 to 3 inches of snowfall,” Radzanowski said.

A high temperature of 38 degrees is expected.

“It’s a low-pressure area that’s sliding out of the Mississippi Valley,” Radzanowski said on what’s causing snow in the forecast. “And it’s going to push our way and slide across the southern part of the state.”

Radzanowski said snow is uncommon for this time of year, as spring started last week and the calendar is set to head into April.

“It’s pretty unusual for it to happen this late in March,” Radzanowski said. “It’s not unheard of.”

He also pointed out that “it has happened in the past.”

The rest of the week, including Good Friday, should see high temperatures in the mid-40s – a little below the average of 51 degrees for the time of year.

“And then after (the snow today), there’s not too much significant weather going on,” Radzanowski said.

Overall, Radzanowski said the weekend weather should cooperate with all holiday activities – from egg hunts to church services and family gatherings.

“It looks like it won’t be bad,” he said of the weekend forecast.

And just like the Easter season when hope abounds, the Accuweather long-range forecast calls for continued daytime high temperatures in the mid- to upper-50s through the first week of April with highs in the 60s from April 10-17.