The mild start to winter has left the state parks of Pennsylvania without much ice or snow.
The lakes around Pennsylvania are missing the ice fishermen that are usually set up by late December. Lakes have not yet fully frozen over. Temperatures have been too high to allow the ice to form. Four inches of ice is the minimum suggested thickness that is safe to fish on.
For more ice fishing safety tips visit the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Ski resorts have been able to make snow and many are open, but the sledders and ice skaters are having difficulty finding places to practice their sports.
Most of Pennsylvania's state parks are reporting no snow accumulation and no ice on the water. There are a few parks in southwestern Pennsylvania that have enough snow for some activities.
Blue Knob State Park is reporting four inches of snow. The conditions are good for skiing, sled riding and snowmobiling.
About three inches of snow remain at the Pymatuning State Park. Their website reports there is enough snow for some skiing and sledding.
Before heading out to a state park for winter activities, be sure to call ahead for the latest conditions.
The weather for the Pittsburgh area will not change much in the coming week.
"It will be mostly partly to mostly sunny on Monday and Tuesday," said AccuWeather.com meteorologist Brian Edwards. "Monday will have a high temperature of 40 degrees. Tuesday will be milder with a high of 45 degrees. Light rain will move in by Wednesday."
After an earthquake hit in the area, the Bardarbunga volcano erupted Friday in Iceland, causing a temporary no-fly order.
The North Central states face the most adverse weather this Labor Day weekend, in the form of severe storms and tornadoes which will threaten lives and travelers.
As Cristobal loses its tropical characteristics, attention is turning toward the Bay of Campeche for potential development next week.
The Pittsburgh area will have a turbulent stretch of sun and intermittent thunderstorms for the next several days, including storms that could impact Labor Day weekend plans.
An outbreak of severe weather, including tornadoes, will evolve on Sunday from the northern and central Plains to part of the Upper Midwest.
After another big cooldown, warm and humid weather will bounce back in Boston, during the Labor Day weekend.
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39 degrees, coldest ever in August.
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New England (1816)
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