Chance of light coating of snow Christmas Eve

Although Sunday’s record-high temperatures for this time of year melted most dreams of a white Christmas, a chance of snow showers and lower temperatures on Christmas Eve may keep alive hopes for a light coating after all.

Temperatures are expected to dip into the 20s Tuesday, with a 50-percent chance of snow showers, said meteorologist Kevin Fitzgerald, of the National Weather Service in State College.

“There may be a dusting just in time for Christmas, but nothing like we had on the ground a few days ago,” Fitzgerald said.

Christmas day will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 20s.

Temperatures reached a high of 64 Sunday, shattering the 60-degree high set in 1949.

Despite the heavily melting snow and drizzle, it rained less than 1/100th of an inch since midnight Sunday, and no flooding was recorded, Fitzgerald said.

The warm weather brought with it a thunderstorm watch issued at 3:30 Sunday morning. Although no lightning was detected, wind gusts rose to about 40 mph, he said.

Higher-than-normal temperatures will remain today, with highs in the mid 40s. A chance of rain or snow showers will move in Thursday, with temperatures in the mid 30s.

The weekend will be mostly sunny and highs should be in the low 30s.