ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - It did not feel much like spring on this Tuesday in Central Pennsylvania. While it is not that unusual to see snow flakes in mid-May, in parts of the region ,it looked like winter was making an unexpected come-back.
Weather experts say snow flakes are not that out of the ordinary in mid-May in this part of Pennsylvania. Every couple of years, you get a chilly day at that time of year complete with snow flurries.
What was different on this Tuesday was how much snow you could find not traveling that far away from Altoona In central Blair County. there were some snow flakes mixing with the heavy rain early in the afternoon. That was enough to make conditions difficult for people who depend partially on spring planting to make a living.
Heading just slightly up into the mountains from Altoona, conditions suddenly seemed more appropriate for winter than spring time. In the Gallitzin area, not only was the snow coming down, but it was sticking to the ground and accumulating. There were plenty of people tossing their hands in the air over conditions in that community. Others reported they were accustomed to what they call onion snows and always delay their spring planting. Lots of local gardeners say this weather is not that unusual for the mountains. Those who didn't wait to plant now have their own concerns. The May snow did go a long way toward limiting business opportunities for some outdoor sales people. Plenty of people who wanted to be outside instead spent the day huddling indoors waiting for conditions to improve.