Springtime likely here to stay

It happens every year – the icy winds of winter slowly give way to a few days of warmer temperatures. However, as soon as locals become excited about the spring, the mercury drops again.

According to Kevin Fitzgerald, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in State College, locals soon should be able to pull their summertime clothes out of storage.

“Wintry weather is pretty unlikely at this point in April. It’s impossible to say for certain, but it looks like the warmer weather is here to stay,” Fitzgerald said.

Today, an area of high pressure is expected to move southeasterly off the coast and hover over much of Lycoming County. This front is expected to bring some moisture along with it, resulting in cloudy skies and possible showers. Temperatures will hover in the upper 60s.

“These aren’t expected to be big storms or anything. If it does shower, it is expected to be really light,” Fitzgerald said.

Tuesday’s weather is expected to be similar, with a slightly higher chance of showers.

“That frontal boundary is going to stall overhead on Tuesday and Wednesday. There’s a chance of showers both days, but not a washout by any means,” Fitzgerald said.

On Thursday, temperatures are expected to reach the 70s, as the frontal boundary heads just north of the local area.

“Right now we’re calling for temperatures around 70, but if that front moves slightly farther north than expected, we could see temperatures way up into the mid or high 70s,” Fitzgerald said.

Things will cool down for the weekend as a cold front moves in on Friday, bringing with it a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

So far this spring, rainfall has been slightly above normal, according to Fitzgerald.

Williamsport has received 1.7 inches of rain since the beginning of April. Normal rainfall in past years has been about 1.5 inches.

However, rainfall since the beginning of the year has been slightly below average. This year, Williamsport has seen 7.9 inches of rain and melted snow, compared to the average amount of 9.57 in past years.

Fitzgerald says this is nothing to worry about and should even out as the spring progresses.

“This is pretty standard stuff for springtime in Pennsylvania,” he said.