Unusual weather hits area

It’s not yet Thanksgiving, but John Orr of Altoona was dressed for his daily three-mile walk Sunday evening in a stocking-cap, scarf and gloves.

Orr doesn’t mind – the daily walk is an “obsession” of many years’ duration – but the weather is plenty unusual, with Sunday’s high of 25 degrees 21 degrees colder than the norm.

It tied the record for the lowest high, set in 1970, said meteorologist Kevin Fitzgerald of the National Weather Service in State College.

It’s the result of an arctic front that came through Saturday, according to Fitzgerald.

“Now we’re into the arctic air mass,” he said.

The low forecasted for overnight Sunday was 15.

The cold will moderate a bit today, with sunshine and a low in the low 30s, which is still well below normal, Fitzgerald said.

But a storm is coming up the East Coast, bringing precipitation late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

To the east, it will be rain.

To the Northwest, snow.

Altoona, in the middle, could get a mix.

“Could be some messy weather,” Fitzgerald said.

If there’s an accumulation of snow here, it could mean a white Thanksgiving, because Thanksgiving day will be dry cold, with a high only in the upper 20s.

The cold weather will stick around until next weekend, and even then, it will remain below normal, Fitzgerald said.

None of this would faze Orr.

“It doesn’t matter,” he said. “Three feet of snow, I like it more.”

He never misses a day.

“That’s the obsession part,” he said.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.