Winter storm watch issued

Monday’s snowstorm that dropped 2.3 inches by 5 p.m. was just a prelude of things to come. According to the National Weather Service in State College, a winter storm watch has been issued for our region from 7 p.m. today through 11 p.m. Wednesday 3 to 7 inches of new snow forecast.

The storm has the potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulation that is expected to impact travel, according to Elyse Colbert, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

Winds are to be 5 to 15 mph and after today’s high temperature of 32 degrees, it will drop down tonight to a low of about 25 degrees.

For the morning commute Wednesday, drivers can expect snow and freezing rain likely before 1 p.m., then scattered snow. It should be cloudy with a high reaching near 34 degrees. Winds will be light, at about 8 to 13 mph.

Bitter cold temperatures are in store for Wednesday night, with a low dropping to 14 degrees.

The cold air doesn’t disappear for Thursday, either, with a high of 25 and a low that night of 8.

This winter has been right up there so far as one talked about as being frigid, but, surprisingly, it doesn’t even make the Top 10.

Last month was ranked as only the 16th coldest January on record, going back to 1895, Colbert said.

“Your average temperature was 21 degrees,” she said. The normal value temperature is 26.8 degrees, which means it was 5.8 degrees below normal for the month.

The coldest day in Williamsport, as recorded at the Williamsport Regional Airport, was minus 5 degrees on Jan. 7.

“That was a low-record-temperature record for that day,” Colbert said. “The previous record was minus 2 degrees, set in 1942.”

On the other hand, winter has been brutal but has let up on some days.

The airport recorded a temperature of 50 degrees on Jan. 11, just four days after the record-setting low, she said.