Area temperatures to turn cold again

KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Fog hangs over the Susquehanna River on this warm Friday morning near Susquehanna State Park in Williamsport.

Folks with weather-sensitive joints have surely been going crazy over the past week as temperatures skyrocketed from below zero on Sunday to nearly 65 Friday.

Now the temperatures have plummeted again.

Mike Dangelo, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College, said people will wake up today to ice, and lots of it.

“It’s going to turn real cold, real fast,” he said of Friday night. “It’s going freeze over real quick.”

Dangelo said the heat came from a warm wind blowing from the south, but now the area is getting cold air from Canada.

Overnight, Lycoming County was expecting sleet and freezing rain before snow hit. Dangelo predicted up to 4 to 5 inches of snow accumulating in the most northern parts of the county. In Williamsport and its immediate area, sleet and freezing rain was forecast.

“There’s going to be a lot of ice on the ground, there’s going to be some snow and it’s not going to be easy to go anywhere,” he said. “Don’t travel if you don’t have to. Wait a little bit until the road crews can get out there.”

Dangelo said he suspects road crews will be out working overnight or in the early morning because the expected rain and sleet will have washed away any pre-treatment. He added that sidewalks are likely to be dangerous as well, due to ice hidden by snow.

Temperatures this morning are expected to be in the teens, but Dangelo said the wind will make it feel more like single digits. It’ll get even colder tonight with temperatures in the single digits and wind child making it feel more like the negative teens, he said.

It’ll warm up a bit Sunday, but only into the low 20s, he added.

“But it’ll be dry,” he said. “No precipitation Saturday night or Sunday.”

Dangelo said weather patterns will bring the area back to temperatures more normal for mid-January by the end of the week.

But …

“It’s still winter,” he said.