Sunny days to turn to snow

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette A fisherman braves the cold air for an afternoon of fishing below the Basin Street Dam Sunday afternoon.

Two storm systems moving in this week will mark deviations in otherwise consistently cold early mornings and 40-degree days throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service in State College.

“It’s going to be beautiful (today),” according to meteorologist Paul Head. “There will be a light northeast wind and sunny with temperatures in the low 40s.”

The day was expected to begin with cold morning temperatures in the 20s, Head said. That pattern is expected to repeat itself most of the week. But clouds may roll in Tuesday, setting up for a minor wet snow storm Wednesday.

“It’ll be wet snow,” Head said. “Temps are cold enough for snow, but this time of year there needs to be more intensity for it to accumulate. If it comes during the day we might not see too much accumulation down in the valleys.” Areas in higher elevation could see a couple inches, he added.

The snow showers are expected to linger Thursday until as late as early Friday. But Head expects it to be minor flurries in the valleys.

Clouds will hang around Friday with temperatures consistent with the rest of the preceding week — 20s in the morning and up to mid 40s during the day.

“It’ll be better Saturday,” Head said. “It should be a really nice day.”

But clouding over will occur again Sunday for a storm that forecasters said has the potential to be big.

“That’s as of right now,” Head said. “It does have the potential, but this year the storms that have had potential to be big haven’t turned out that way.”