Warming is in sight

The weird wackiness of Mother Nature returns in time for the Christmas holiday shopping rush this weekend.

Temperatures will start to climb rather than drop as Friday approaches and the mercury goes back up to a high of 45 degrees in Williamsport, according to the National Weather Service in State College.

As for Electra, the name of the snowstorm that blanketed the region this past weekend, Avis, in Clinton County, took the icing on the cake in terms of snow accumulation.

The borough west of Jersey Shore reported 11.5 inches of snow had fallen when the storm ended Sunday morning.

The next highest accumulation was posted in northern Lycoming County, exactly 21 miles north of Williamsport along Route 15, where 11 inches had fallen.

As of Sunday night, Williamsport Regional Airport had 8.6 inches of snow. Earlier in the day, several residents were reporting to 911 and police how they were upset with snow plowed near their parking spaces and refused to park their vehicles until it was cleared, according to emergency reports.

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said Friday before the storm arrived, he allows the Streets and Parks Department General Manager William C. Wright to make a call of whether to declare snow emergency.

In the Northern Tier counties, the situation was a little more bearable, with 7.4 to 9 inches reported in various locations, including 9 inches in Laporte, Sullivan County.

While the coming weekend looks to be warmer, don’t go out without a jacket and gloves this morning. As the work and school week begins today it remains bitter cold outside with a high temperature expected today of 24 degrees, and a low temperature of 16 degrees.

There is chance of snow showers Tuesday, but nothing more than a coating in most places, with a high near 32 degrees. Lows Tuesday should be about 23.

For Wednesday, expect a partly sunny day with a high near 31 and a low that night of about 17.

It becomes increasingly warmer Thursday, with partly sunny conditions and a high near 36 and a low that night of about 30.

The warmest day of the week will be Friday, with a high peaking between 41 to 45. The low that night should be about 36. Rain is possible Friday night.

For Saturday, the official start of winter, in the afternoon it may feel more like the start of spring. The winter solstice occurs at 12:11 p.m. Temperatures should reach a high of 38 degrees.

Saturday is the day with the least amount of daylight, with sun setting shortly after 4:30 p.m.

Sunday could bring some rain and ice in the morning but with temperatures going above the freezing mark in the afternoon.

Looking ahead to Christmas Eve, Tuesday appears to be sunny and colder with a high of about 28 degrees while Christmas Day appears to be cloudy with peeks of sun and a high of 31, according to Accuweather.