Chance of rain on Tuesday, Friday

Winter is finally loosening her icy grip.

And it looks like she’ll be staying away for a while.

The week will see mainly sunny skies, with highs averaging in the mid to upper 60s, according to the National Weather Service, and reaching the mid 70s on Friday.

The Williamsport area can expect to see some April showers, as well. The National Weather Service predicts a quarter-inch or less of rainfall on Tuesday. There is a chance of showers on Friday.

This week is the perfect time for local residents to enjoy nature or take part in outdoor projects.

“I’ll probably take advantage of the nice weather by going outside and having a picnic or something,” said Lycoming College student Brianne Charnigo. “It’s nice to have good weather after such an awful, long winter.”

Charnigo’s fellow student, Sarah Fetherolf, plans to enjoy the weather by going on a hike and getting some fresh air.

“Maybe on one of the rainy days I’ll hunt down a theater that’s playing Disney’s Bears,” Fetherolf said.

The warm-up will also lend itself to celebrations of Earth Day and Arbor Day, observed on Tuesday and Friday, respectively.

Residents might want to take advantage of the sunny skies and take environmental enhancing action. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests that citizens “Pick 5 for the Environment” by participating in five sustainable activities.

On their website, the EPA gives composting, natural landscaping and lawn clean-up as some options for outdoor conservation.

Locally, there are a few events taking place to mark the earth-friendly holidays.

The cozy 70 degree temperature on Friday will provide a nice atmosphere for the City Arbor Day Ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. in Brandon Park.

Also on Friday, the Montoursville Garden Club will host an Arbor Day celebration at 11 a.m. at the General John Boroughs Historical Society, 19 N. Loyalsock Ave.