Spring cold snap here for next several days

Flowers are blooming at Landers General Store in Lucinda. (By Roz Greggs)
For those who have already planted a garden, your crops can expect a cold snap this weekend that will last all the way to the middle of next week.

Some Pennsylvanians might call it ‘onion snow.’

‘Onion snow’ is a Pennsylvania Dutch term referring to the snowfall that occurs after spring onions have been planted. Some use it as an indicator for when it’s a good time to start planting onions.

“There’s a weather system pushing into the region from the west that will bring cooler weather into the region,” Lee Hendricks, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, said Thursday.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the 40s today, and it is expected to get colder over the weekend and into next week.

“It’s going be well below normal here through Tuesday and Tuesday night,” Hendricks said.

The weekend is expected to see temperatures drop as low as the mid 20s, so anyone expecting to enjoy the outdoors better layer up or change their plans.

With these freezing temperatures comes the chance of snow, although Hendricks doesn’t expect any of it to accumulate.

“You’ll have a chance of snow showers Saturday night through early Tuesday morning,” he said.

The cold snap won’t last forever, though. Spring looks to be making a comeback by about Wednesday.

“By Wednesday, we’ll have high temperatures reaching into the upper 40s,” Hendricks said.