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February 21, 2013

Winter weather endures: Experts: Cold temps sticking around

JOHNSTOWN — By AccuWeather’s count, the Johnstown area has seen snowflakes in all but three days this month. But the weather service didn’t have to tell Tamera Snyder that.

“I’ve had to drive through it,” said Snyder of Portage, while bundled up in downtown Johns-

town on Thursday. “It’s been a lot more shoveling. And harder to travel.

“I hate it,” she added, puffing on a cigarette.

Unfortunately for Snyder, a fairly steady dose of colder temperatures and winter precipitation will likely stick around the area over the next few weeks, forecasters say.

“We don’t see spring coming anytime soon,” AccuWeather meteorologist Tom Kines said. “I know that’s going to be disappointing for people who’ve been looking forward to some warmer weather.”

But don’t start cursing Punxsutawney’s famous groundhog yet. There’s reason for those same folks to cheer, too, Kines added, saying there are no major storms on the horizon either.

Kines predicts the area will see some snow or freezing rain today, but it will likely come and go quickly without doing much more than “slickening up the roads.”

A major storm hammering the western Great Lakes was expected to largely skip the Cambria-Somerset area, he said.

“We’ll get a little precipitation (today), but nothing like they are seeing,” he said.

But Kines expects the current weather pattern bringing chilly weather and regular light snowfalls to continue for the next few weeks.

In the meantime, daily highs will slowly creep up as the days get longer, he said.

“It’s going to stay relatively cold into early March, but by the end of the month the highs should be near 40 instead of the low 30s,” Kines said. “I know people are looking forward to warm weather. It’s just not coming yet.”

“Typical Johnstown winter,” Roberta Holtzman said while walking downtown Thursday. “That doesn’t really surprise me at all.”

Nancy Richard of Johnstown also isn’t surprised by the forecast. Not that she wouldn’t have welcomed a warm-up.

“I don’t really care for winter weather anymore. But this is pretty typical for the area,” she said, carrying shopping bags on Locust Street. “I’ve seen much worse.”

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