The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 23, 2013

More snow predicted: Forecast says storm could bring totals of 4-8 inches

Patrick Buchnowski

JOHNSTOWN — The lion continues to roar as more bad weather is expected.

March is not expected to go out like a lamb, according to meteorologist Andy Mussoline.

“It’s going to be a painfully slow exit out of winter,” Mussoline said. “Mother Nature is pretty much throwing any normality out this month.”

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for counties including Cambria and Somerset tonight until Monday afternoon with 4 to 8 inches of snow expected, he said.

The highs today will be 32 degrees with lows in the mid-20s.

The snow will arrive courtesy of a storm system moving across the Southern Plains that has dumped a half-foot or more of snow from Denver to Dayton, Ohio.

Residents should expect some power outages as the snow will be heavy enough to snap trees and branches and bring down power lines, he said.

“The Monday morning commute is going to be ugly,” Mussoline said.

It’s been a cold March.

Temperatures this month have on average been 5.5 degrees below normal.

The temperatures last March were 14.2 degrees above normal.

“In contrast, it’s been a brutally cold month,” Mussoline said.

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