Frigid temps to ring in new year

Like the crystal ball in New York City’s Times Square on Tuesday night, temperatures are expected to drop this week.

The area should prepare to welcome the first few days of 2014 with warm coats, mittens and winter hats, according to the National Weather Service in State College.

The weather service expects the area to experience temperatures in the single digits at the end of the week after a dry and cool New Year’s Day.

Festivities will begin with a few snowflakes Tuesday, according to meteorologist Aaron Tyburkski.

“New Year’s Eve looks like we could see some snow showers any time during the day,” he said.

Any snow the area sees shouldn’t accumulate though and it should dry up by the time residents begin heading to a variety of New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The low temperature for the night is 17 degrees. Tyburski estimated the temperature to be around 21 degrees at midnight, when 2014 arrives.

It is expected to be dry throughout New Year’s Day and temperatures should be in the upper 20s, Tyburski said.

But, as a winter storm heads toward the area Thursday, it will bring a string of colder temperatures. Snow showers throughout Thursday will bring cooler air with it that will last into the weekend.

Tyburski explained that single-digit temperatures expected Friday and Saturday nights will be the product of the storm system bringing cold air from Canada with it.

“(The cold northern air) will sit there and, when this storm goes by on Thursday, it’ll be enough to just pull a chunk (of the cold temperatures) down,” he said.

Thursday’s snow is expected to only bring minimal accumulation.

Tyburski called the predicted weather for the week “typical” for this time of year.

“It’s not uncommon for northcentral Pennsylvania to get fluctuating temperatures around freezing with light snow showers,” he said.

Any precipitation that occurs between today and Wednesday will not be enough to make up a deficit of more than 9 inches for the amount of liquid – the amount of both rainfall and melted snow – the area has received over the past year.

Williamsport received just under 32 inches of liquid throughout 2013, according to Tyburski. The average liquid accumulation is just more than 41 inches.

Tyburski said although August and September were drier than usual, recent rain and snow has allowed there to be little effect from the lack of precipitation.