Looks like white New Year for Fay-West

| Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

The Fay-West area didn't experience the white Christmas many had hoped.

But those who enjoy the winter white, don't despair.

Mother Nature may be answering your call.

Weather forecasters expect the Fay-West area to experience a white New Year.

“Yes, it looks like it's actually going to be a white New Year,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski. “There could be a coating to an inch on Monday evening through Tuesday.”

Last year, the temperatures on New Year's Eve were on the mild side. When residents celebrated the entry of 2012, the Fay-West area experienced temperatures that hovered near the 50s.

Not so this year.

According to Pydynowski, temperatures will be significantly colder on New Year's Eve with highs in the area being forecast in the 30s.

But that should make those who are participating in the Connellsville Polar Club's annual dip in the Youghiogheny River at 11 a.m. Tuesday feel right at home.

Last year, many participants thought the temperatures too mild for the annual plunge.

Compared to last year, it will feel 25 to 30 degrees colder this year, said the forecaster.

“It was a really mild day last year,” Pydynowski said. “The high for that day was 56, which is really mild for this time of year.”

The snow expected for the New Year holiday is coming from a southern front. Snowfall will not be significant.

“The snow should start in the late afternoon hours Monday,” Pydynowski said. “We will then see a lingering snow shower or two on Tuesday.”

The remainder of the week will be on the brisk side. Temperatures are not expected to go above the 30-degree mark.

“The snow will be coming up from the southern plains but should only graze our area, but we will be seeing colder nights,” Pydynowski said.

Tuesday night's temperature is expected to drop to about 10 degrees.

Pydynowski said no snowfall is expected after Tuesday.

“There may be some sunshine on Wednesday but it will be cold,” Pydynowski said. “There is a possibility of something coming in behind that cold front, but it would only bring in a little bit of snow, if any.”

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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