It might not have seemed like it as another round of snow showers fell on the area Tuesday morning, but the region is in line for a significant warm-up over the coming week.
That’ll start Wednesday, with AccuWeather calling for temperatures to reach 50 degrees in the Johnstown area – and then reach the 40s or higher over three of the next five days.
“We’re going to see a little bit of a break ... as we head toward March,” AccuWeather meteorologist Paul Walker said.
There’s a chance of rain on Wednesday, but the sun should also make its appearance. The current forecast calls for a high of 50 degrees at the Greater Johnstown-Cambria County Airport – one of the area’s highest points.
Somerset is projected to reach 46 degrees, while Bedford is expected to hit 52 degrees on Wednesday.
Temperatures will dip back into the 30s on Thursday, but rebound over the weekend – staying within February’s average normal range or higher, Walker said.
Considering temperatures have been in the 20s for much of the month, it’ll be a noticeable change, he added.
For the region, it’ll offer a chance for some growing piles of snow to melt away, Walker said.
“Fortunately, this won’t be a fast warm-up, so a lot of this moisture should be able to be absorbed into the ground,” he said.
Walker noted that early March should offer warmer days – but, as is typical, there’ll also be conditions for sudden swings that will bring significant snowfall.
“We’re going to be going back and forth between mild days and chilly ones,” he said.