After Arctic chill, it’s like early March

After enduring a polar vortex and wind chill temperatures 40 or 50 degrees colder than what they will be this week, few should be complaining about winter this week.

“We’re going to start off above normal and a little on the mild side,” said Rob Radzanowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

It might be a good idea to bring rain gear along today and Tuesday, with less than a quarter inch of rain expected.

As the week goes on it will become gradually cooler.

And the forecaster predicted rain tonight and into early Tuesday with some colder temperatures arriving by Wednesday.

On Thursday, the region might see some scattered snow showers but nothing of an accumulation worry for plow trucks.

That will bring in cooler air for the weekend, but not unusual for this time of the year.

Today, the forecaster looked at temperatures in the mid-40s; Tuesday, lower 40s and by the middle of the week, temperatures in the mid-30s for highs.

The high will drop back down into the upper-20s by the weekend, he said.

There’s a chance of early next week a little cooler air than the weekend.

“You could see a day or two of chilly air before it gradually gets warmer.

The surge of colder air, however, was more than likely to remain in Canada and upper New England, he said.

“Nothing like the wind chill last week,” he said.

Temperatures during that polar phenomenon were to 40 or 50 degrees colder than average.