Central Pennsylvania: Record Warmth and Rain to Replace Snow and Cold

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
December 20, 2013; 12:03 AM ET
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Much higher temperatures will work their way into central Pennsylvania into the weekend. The warmth will be accompanied by rain at times and areas of dense fog.

Record-challenging warmth is possible on Sunday with temperatures forecast to reach near 60 degrees.

As warmer, more moist air moves in, episodes of fog are possible which could slow travel.

Rain is possible each day Friday through Sunday. While minor flooding in poor drainage areas is possible from melting snow and some rain, the heaviest rain from the storm is forecast to not coincide with melting snow and cause serious flooding locally.

According to AccuWeather.com Long Range Expert Paul Pastelok, "With the anticipated weather now through the end of the month, temperatures for December may average close to normal."

As of Dec. 18, temperatures have averaged 5.0 degrees below the normal of 33.2 degrees for the month to date.

Pastelok expects the weather pattern to erase much of this local temperature deficit by the end of the month with well above-average warmth forecast late this week into the weekend.

"There will still be a few chilly episodes later in the month, but not to the extreme of what we have experienced during late November into early December," Pastelok stated.

The warmup will not mean an end to snowstorms for the upcoming winter.

Tune in to AccuWeather Live Mornings every weekday at 7 a.m. EST. We will be talking about the snowstorm and weather leading up to Christmas.

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