Old Man Winter bears down on Centre Region

For the first time this football season, Penn State fans will have to bundle up tight at Beaver Stadium — they might even see some snow.

Centre County is looking at temperatures in the low 30s and wind gusts from 20 to 25 mph today, said AccuWeather meteorologist Tom Kines. There might even be snow flurries, but he doesn’t expect any to stick.

“Snow will be in the air just to remind us that it’s cold,” Kines said.

After temperatures were around the 50s for much of the week, Kines said a cold front approaching from the Midwest will send temperatures plummeting below freezing. The wind will make it feel as cold as 20 degrees.

Today’s possible flurries would be the first of a season that is expected to produce average to above average snowfall for Centre County, Kines said. The region’s higher elevations saw a dusting of snow when Hurricane Sandy swept through last month.

Though there are going to be neutral weather patterns this season, he said there are chances for larger snowstorms.

The cold weather is arriving just in time for the second annual Milesburg Hometown Christmas festival today, and Gloria Briggs is hoping that the festive weather brings more people out to the Milesburg Museum for free cookies.

“I don’t personally think (cold weather) will affect it that much,” she said “We’re hoping that the snow encourages people to be in the mood for Christmas.”

Briggs added that it is “nice and warm” in the museum and the newly renovated second floor will be open this year.

But there will be a slight reprieve for the first day of hunting season, Kines said.

The temperatures will be in the lower 40s, but it will be a dry, mild day.

“The first day of deer season looks pretty good,” Kines said.