As area hunters go out for the opening day of rifle deer season today, they should be prepared for temperatures hovering right around freezing and a light rain shower, according to the National Weather Service in State College.
Meteorologist Mike Dangelo said hunters will want to bundle up today. Temperatures are expected to be around 33 degrees in the early morning hours.
"It's going to be right around freezing and cloudy. There might be a sprinkle (of rain) around early. Winds will be fairly light," he said of the morning forecast.
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A trio of hunters head into the woods in search of deer during a past deer season in Lycoming County.
Ice nearly covers the surface of the water at Rose Valley Lake under gray skies as seen from the state Fish and Boat Commission’s east access area on Sunday afternoon. If the cold temperatures continue, the lake soon will be busy with ice fishermen on such a weekend afternoon.
Dangelo added that, as many hunters wish to be downwind from the deer, winds are expected to be coming from the east and southeast this morning.
As the day goes on, temperatures should warm up to the mid 40s.
"It's not as bad as it could be," Dangelo said. "There are some spots where there's still snow on the ground. It's going to be cloudy."
And, as area hunters go out looking for their deer, they will have more access to state forest roads. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced last week that more than 3,000 miles of roads in state forests will be available to hunters.
The northcentral region of the state Game Commission, which includes Lycoming, Clinton, Tioga and Union counties in its coverage area, also announced that officials will be performing roving administrative checkpoints to have better information and data to report on the season's harvest of white-tailed deer.
The rest of the week, which Dangelo described as a "boring weather week," should be the same - high temperatures in the 40s, with lows near freezing. And, except for a few light rain showers, the area won't get much precipitation this week, Dangelo said.
This is after a week where the area saw more than 3 inches of rain and snow. Dangelo reported that the area received 1.8 inches of snow and ice and just about 1.75 inches of rain.
The area saw a high of 37 degrees on Nov. 27, the warmest it was all week. Although this week is expected to be warmer than last, it still will be colder than it normally is during this time of year.
Dangelo reported that the clouds and winds have been the reason for the chillier weather.
Temperatures should dip back down into the 30s during the weekend, Dangelo said, with a chance of snow flurries.