PITTSBURG — A cloudy day may signal the end of winter, but the forecast says otherwise.
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania will see mostly cloud cover for Groundhog Day, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service, and without the sunshine, famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil may not see his shadow. However, forecasts for both Punxsutawney and Pittsburg signal that neither town is soon to be out of the grips of winter.
According to NWS Meteorologist Jeff Raberding, Pittsburg is looking at a series of cold fronts over the next week.
“Overnight lows are expected in the teens a couple of nights, then highs in the 30s and 40s all week,” Raberding said. “There will be a little warm up before each front — which is pretty normal — and then back down when the cold fronts hit.”
Punxsutawney is not forecasted to have it any better. If his shadow doesn’t drive Phil back into his den, cold temperatures and snow might. Over the week following Groundhog Day, NWS forecasts highs in the 20s and 30s — with a high of only 16 degrees on Groundhog Day. The forecast also calls for snow.
Pittsburg will also see very slight chances for precipitation, but Raberding said nothing major is likely.
“There are intermittent precipitation chances with each front,” he said. “But no big storms with ice or snow on the horizon or in the foreseeable future.”
Monday is expected to see a high temperature of 45 degrees before falling to 32 with chances of rain and snow Monday night into Tuesday.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.