Grab the shovels and snow blowers because Old Man Winter is not going down without a fight. Today's snowstorm had people looking out their windows to find a big winter mess waiting for them outside their door.
According to meteorologist John Gresiak, with the National Weather Service in State College, this is a "kitchen-sink storm." That means it is able to produce snow, sleet, freezing rain and liquid rain. All this precipitation is predicted to hit the area throughout today.
As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the storm was predicted to produce 4 to 8 inches of a snow and sleet mixture in the Williamsport area overnight with another 2 to 4 inches forecast for today.
Poor travel is expected this morning, with many schools in the area expected to delay or close due to possible poor road conditions. Taking extra time to get to work will be essential to getting there safely. It is important to slow down below your normal driving speed and to keep distance from the vehicle in front of you.
"You have to know the driving limitations of not only yourself, but also the vehicle you are driving," Gresiak stated.
Today's snowstorm also played the ultimate defense against the Harlem Wizards. The benefit game that was scheduled for this evening at Williamsport Area High School has been postponed to Feb. 17, due to the storm.
Advance tickets will continue to be sold until 10 a.m. Feb. 17 and tickets also will be sold at the door. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the game is scheduled to start at 6:30.
Winter has not been kind to the area this year. According to meteorologist Brian Edwards, of the National Weather Service, the average snowfall for the month of January is 10.5 inches and 8.8 inches for February. So far this year, the Williamsport Regional Airport has received 24.3 inches of snowfall.
The average high temperature for this time of year is around 36 degrees.
After today's snowstorm, expect to see temperatures in the upper 20s and lower 30s. However, the temperature is expected to drop to a low of 15 degrees tonight into Thursday morning.
Thursday will have a high of 24 degrees and fall to a low of zero degrees Thursday night.
The weekend is expected to bring temperatures around 25 to 28 degrees. Sunday there is a possibility of yet another snowstorm hitting the area.