Midweek snowstorm a ‘sure bet;’ Phil says 6 more weeks of winter

After an unseasonably warm Super Bowl Sunday, a mid-week snowstorm is a “sure bet,” according to National Weather Service State College meteorologist Kevin Fitzgerald. And Punxsutawney Phil, by virtue of seeing his shadow early Sunday, forecast another six weeks of winter weather.

A storm system is forecast to pass through the area Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, bringing a mix of snow and ice. Due to the possibility of sleet and freezing rain, travelers are advised to use caution.

“The storm could bring a plowable snow,” Fitzgerald said.

A low-pressure system passing through southern Pennsylvania today could spread a very light accumulation of snow in the Williamsport area.

“Williamsport will be on the very northern fringe of today’s storm. There’s a 50 percent chance that shield of snow will reach Williamsport,” Fitzgerald said.

If the area does get snow, it will be “less than an inch,” according to Fitzgerald. If the storm’s fringe doesn’t reach Williamsport, today “will just be a cloudy day,” Fitzgerald said.

Today and Tuesday’s daytime temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30s, average for this time of year.

Slightly below-average daytime temperatures will chill the area for the remainder of the week.

“It’s going to get colder but nothing like what we saw back in January,” Fitzgerald said.

Temperatures are expected to drop late in the week with highs in the mid-20s. No rain is expected, according to Fitzgerald.

Although Phil saw his shadow, Fitzgerald expects temperatures to begin to rise before the next six weeks end.

“Chances are things are going to start warming up two-to-three weeks from now,” Fitzgerald said.

Even though weather forecasting is only accurate about 10 days into the future, meteorologists can look to past climate data to determine trends, according to Fitzgerald.

“Usually by the third week of February, average temperatures start to come up pretty quickly,” Fitzgerald said. “We have that to look forward to.”