By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — A massive winter storm threatens to drop up to a foot of snow on the Valley Sunday night into Monday, a meteorologist said Thursday night.
“Brace yourself,” Randy Adkins said, “for what could be the biggest single snow event of an already treacherous snow season.”
The storm may expand from the northern Rockies and central Plains to the Midwest, and reach the Valley by Sunday evening.
In a normal winter, Valley snowfall measures 27.2 inches, said Adkins, of AccuWeather in State College.
So far this winter, nearly 38 inches of snow have fallen.
“After this next snowfall, the Valley could easily see double the amount of its normal snowfall,” Adkins said.
The meteorologist saw very little chance that the storm might skirt the Valley.
“Unfortunately, I don’t see any likelihood that the Valley will only see a few flurries,” he said. “This is a large, wet weather system that will roar in from the West, meeting up with cold, arctic air from Canada,” he said. “The mix is going to blanket most of Pennsylvania most of Monday.”
This wintry weather seems likely to continue into mid-March, he said.
“We see one or two more snow events before spring sets in and all this is just a memory,” Adkins said.
Coastal cities could see even higher snow accumulations.
Meanwhile, temperatures are not expected to moderate until the end of next week, Adkins noted.
“At that point,” he said, “the Valley might see 32 degrees.”