By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — Mother Nature may be done with winter, too.
The Valley dodged the latest round of snow as cold air kept a massive storm front to the south and out of this region Sunday into today, according to Accuweather of State College.
But in exchange for missing the white stuff, temperatures will stay below the seasonal average, and in some cases, dip to record lows.
“It looks like we’re going to be spared” the snow, said Accuweather meteorologist Rob Miller.
Forecasters had predicted as much as a foot of snow in the Valley, owing to cold air from the north that would push down and interact with a storm system from the west. But the air “came in strong and early and pushed the moisture more to the south,” Miller said.
This made for off-and-on light snow throughout Sunday and little to no snow today, he said.
“The main thing was those frontal boundaries interacting,” Miller said. “A few days ago, it looked bad, but things have been slower to develop, and we just had some flurries. The steadiest and heaviest snow will stay south,” he said, “and they’re going to get some snow with ice.”
Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and other points south were expected to see accumulations from 6 inches to a foot and possibly more.
The frigid temperatures, however, are going to happen.
“We’ll still be in the mid-January range” of temperatures, Miller said, dropping into the 20s at night. Temperatures should continue to fall during the day today and end up in the upper teens by day’s end and near zero tonight.
Can we hope against hope that this is finally it for winter? Not quite, but “in the near term, the rest of the week is looking not too bad,” Miller said. There is no precipitation expected until Friday night or Saturday, and highs will be in the 20s and 30s and possibly reach the 40s by Friday.
“The next storm system, we may get a brief shower Thursday or Friday, but there’s a fizzling-out front,” Miller said. “We should be good for the next several days.”
Those who have felt this has been the worst winter in some time are right. Temperatures are running 4.5 degrees below normal since November for both days and nights.
“It’s been cold and persistent with not too many breaks in the cold,” Miller said, “and when we do get a break, it’s just to near normal.”
The Valley’s normal high this time of year is about 42 degrees daytime and 24 degrees nighttime.