State College

January snowfall well above average for State College area

A Ferguson Township snow plow truck clears snow in State College January 6, 2015.
A Ferguson Township snow plow truck clears snow in State College January 6, 2015. CDT file photo

You weren’t mistaken if you thought there was more snow than usual last month.

The region was hit with the most January snow since 1996, according to Elyse Hagner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

It reported that January had 21.3 inches of snowfall in State College — nearly nine inches more than the January average of 12.5 inches.

But Hagner said that’s hardly unusual as there were snowstorms in the area in back-to-back weeks.

“We had a pattern that seemed like every week on Sundays and Mondays, a system was coming through the area,” Hagner said. “We get that a couple times a year, but it’s not unusual as we get into patterns of cool air coming down from central Canada.”

The snowiest January on record came in 1978, with a reported 41.7 inches of snow. That was followed by January 1996 with the second-most January snow recorded in State College at 41 inches, Hagner said.

Hagner said State College gets an average of 45 inches of snow annually. Weather records date as far back as the winter of 1893-94.

As of 7 a.m. Saturday, State College had 32.9 inches of snow this season, while the average to date is 25.7 inches, Hagner said.

Another system is expected to roll through the area Sunday and Monday, starting with rain and transitioning to a mix of sleet and rain overnight into Monday.

As temperatures drop Monday afternoon into the evening, Hagner said one to two inches of snow could accumulate in the Centre Region with more snow expected in the northern part of the county.

Sunday will see highs in the low to mid 40s, with lows around freezing. Monday will see highs in the mid-to-high 30s, as cooler air in the second part of the day will create lows in the low 20s and high teens, Hagner said.