A blanket of snow fell over much of the Susquehanna Valley area overnight Saturday, forcing some to use snow shovels for the first time this year.
For 12-year-old Kyle Willis of Sunbury, it was an unacceptable amount of snow.
“I want to see a lot more,” he said as he walked through Cameron Park. “I want to be able to sled.
In Sunbury, less than an inch fell on Saturday night, and for 12-year-old Kyle Willis of Sunbury, that’s not acceptable.
Willis’ friend Katie Conrad, 11, of Northumberland, agreed.
“I can’t wait for the big snowfall to come,” she said. “I love it when they close Line Street and we speed down the hill because it’s so much fun.”
Sunbury Streets Department Supervisor Steve Welker said on Sunday the town was ready and had had no issues overnight with dusting.
“The streets are still hot and nothing is blocked,” Welker said. “We are absolutely ready for the arrival of snow. Our trucks are equipped with spreaders and ready to go.
The snow forecast changed several times before the storm – starting on Friday morning at an inch or two, then going to little to no accumulation on Friday afternoon, before falling back to 1 to 3 inches on Saturday night and eventually ending in ending with a coating.
“It was a storm system plunging out of the Great Lakes region, a typical system that moves quickly in winter, but there wasn’t really as much humidity as we expected,” Rob said. Miller, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.
“Much of this moisture ended up in western Pennsylvania,” he said.
“It lost a lot of its moisture, but it was still the first significant sighting of snow in the area.”
In the short term, Miller said the Valley should expect more of the same each of the next two nights.
“Over the next 24 hours there will be rain and snow showers tonight, again, nothing more than a cool coating, especially in the high altitudes,” he said.
“Then another system tomorrow night through Tuesday – again, we don’t expect much, enough snow to bring another fresh coating with the higher elevations more likely to see snow.”
Miller said temperatures are expected to become milder by the end of the week, which will reduce the chance of snow.
The long-term forecast is for a typical winter, he said, with cold and warm temperatures coming and going and no long cold spell expected.
“Overall for the season, temperatures are expected to be generally near normal during the winter months,” Miller said.
There will be opportunities for “occasional cold snaps with probably near normal snowfall” for the winter months of December, January and February.
Miller said motorists, especially during morning commutes, should drive carefully because wetlands could freeze when temperatures drop below freezing.
One group of people who love the conditions are the white-tailed deer hunters, who opened the season on Saturday, Miller said.
“Hunters love the snow in the morning because it helps track deer,” he said.