Damp, cold to shift by week’s end

Unseasonably cold weather for early April will continue into the upcoming work week, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in State College.

Forecaster Barry Lambert said there could be a round of light snow late tonight through early Tuesday before temperatures trend upward to more seasonable weather later in the week.

The forecast indicates little or no snow accumulation, Lambert said.

More pleasant springlike conditions return by Friday and the weekend, with temperatures expected to approach 60 degrees during the day, Lambert said.

The long-term forecast indicates a return to outside conditions that many people are anticipating. The weather specifically bodes well for the street cleanup crews in the city and throughout boroughs in the area that soon will begin the spring collection of yard debris, brush, twigs and other materials. Residents should place the debris at the spaces between the curb and the sidewalk.

Today, temperatures will remain chilly, with highs in the lower 40s and a dampness in the air that makes it uncomfortable to be outside for too long, Lambert said. Tonight, it will feel worse, with lows in the upper 20s, and a 70 percent chance of some light snowflakes or rain.

Tuesday also should see a mixture of rain showers and light snow, with temperatures climbing just a bit into the upper 40s. Tuesday night offers a 50 percent chance of snow showers but without accumulation. However, the temperatures will dip to the upper 20s.

Warmer air starts to arrive by mid-week, with Wednesday expected to be sunny with highs in the low 50s. Some light rain might fall that night, with temperatures in the low 30s.

Thursday seems to be the one day of the week when there is a chance for all-day rain, with highs in the mid-50s. That night, the rain dissipates and the night will be cloudy with a high in the upper 30s.

By Friday and Saturday, look for sunny skies and temperatures to climb into the 60s, according to the long-term forecast.

With high winds sometimes gusting over 50 mph, early April has been a month resembling a typical March. But, this week, the winds will remain relatively calm.

Today will start out chilly at 7 a.m. with temperatures around 30 degrees, but it will gradually warm up to a high of 45, according to the forecast.