Flurries, bitter cold on the way

Get ready for a blast of Arctic air.

The snow and ice that blanketed Centre County on Sunday and into Monday was only the first round of blustery one-two punch, as temperatures will plummet far below freezing Tuesday and right on through the end of the week.

A storm that dumped more than 8 inches on Philadelphia, canceled thousands of flights and delayed federal offices from opening on time in the nation’s capital was part of a larger system that bore down on the Eastern Seaboard.

Centre County missed the full brunt, but it was enough to delay some public and private schools for two hours Monday morning because of hazardous driving conditions.

A winter weather advisory was lifted 10 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service in State College. The State College area saw about 1.1 inches of snow by late afternoon Sunday, said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Jack Boston.

More snow is on tap for Tuesday, but mostly in the form of flurries, he said. The National Weather Service was forecasting 1-3 inches of snow could accumulate Tuesday morning into the early afternoon.

The next chapter in the weather story is the upcoming frigid blast, as highs on Tuesday are expected to reach only 29 degrees, according to Tuesday’s low will be 17 degrees. Midweek highs are expected in the 20s with lows in single-digits overnight Thursday.

The average high for early December is 40 degrees, and the average low is 26, according to AccuWeather. The record high for December was 71 degrees, set in 1998. The record low was minus 13 degrees, back in 1917, according to AccuWeather.

Centre County should see a bit of a thaw, as weekend highs will eclipse the freezing mark — but just barely, according to AccuWeather. Lows will still remain in the teens, and next week, the region should be back into the 20s during the daytime and low teens overnight.