Balmy weekend forecast, temperatures 20-30 degrees above average

Temperatures are expected to jump into the upper 50s and low 60s across much of the interior northeast this weekend as an area of high pressure will pour in plentiful amounts of sunshine and partially cloudy skies.

With Christmas and the official start to winter nearing, many are wondering if the snow will ever come?

There may be a chance for snow late next week if temperatures drop significantly, however, it is still too early to tell.

Temperatures Friday, Saturday and Sunday will average between 25 and 30 degrees higher than normal.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in State College are expected to climb to 58 on Friday, just a few degrees shy of a record 65, which was recorded in 1979. Forecasters at the National Weather Service also predict that on Saturday temperatures will once again soar into the 60s, projecting a high 62, which challenges the current record 63, which was also set in 1979.

The average daytime high temperature around this time of the year is in the upper 30s with overnight lows in the mid 20s. The forecast overnight lows over the next three days will be 20 to 30 degrees higher than the average daytime highs for this time of the season.

Sunday is sure to be a stunner as the National Weather Service expects temperatures to climb to a high 64 degrees, which is expected to smash the record 63, set in 1927.

Enjoy the March like hiatus from typical December temperatures. According to AccuWeather.com, temperatures will be much closer to normal by the end of next week and snow is possible on Thursday.

By next Dec. 20, daytime temperatures will be in the high 30s with overnight lows falling into the upper 20s.

Jalelah Ahmed, 231-4631, jahmed@centredaily.com