HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — After a brief warm-up this past week, temperatures across Pennsylvania were dropping Saturday in advance of a winter storm and what is expected to be a very cold week.
The National Weather Service reported that temperatures across Pennsylvania were in the 20s and 30s on Saturday, with flurries in some portions of the state expected before storms arrive Sunday evening.
Barry Lambert, a National Weather Service meteorologist in State College, said the snow will start later Sunday with cold air moving over the area before warmer air from the south thaws it into sleet and freezing rain.
The precipitation will spread across much of Pennsylvania into Monday. The accumulations won't be large, but it will be enough to make travel troubling, Lambert said.
"Things could get a little messy for driving," he said.
With temperatures at or below freezing Saturday, the snow that fell in western Pennsylvania was expected to stick for much of the day. That news was good for Pennsylvania's ski areas, and Seven Springs reported 2 inches of natural snow for Saturday's skiers.
The outlook for the week showed highs in the teens, 20s and 30s across much of the state, substantially below normal for this time of year, and snow showers for the northwestern portions of the state. The cold will give another boost to snow-making at the ski areas, Lambert said.