…A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA UNTIL 7AM SATURDAY …
…A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHUMBERLAND, SCHUYKILL, BERKS, AND COUNTIES TO THE NORTH AND EAST UNTIL 7AM SATURDAY…
FRIDAY BREAKDOWN: A historic Nor’easter will bring several feet of snow to New England tonight and tomorrow, with blizzard like conditions and problems spreading from power outages to downed trees and major travel delays for our friends to the Northeast. The track of this system is huge for our forecast in Central Pennsylvania, which keeps us from dealing with anything close to what is going on in New England. For us, this system will be just a nuisance.
There are some new outlooks this morning based on model trends. It looks like most of our daylight hours will be dry, especially the farther north and west you live. We’re wedged between the strengthening Nor’easter to our east and the weakening clipper to our west. We’re in a zone of inactivity, and that means anything we get through he morning and midday will be limited. We are starting at or above freezing, so it looks like any precip that falls will be in the form of snow or sleet. This will quickly switch to a mix of rain/sleet through the day as temps rise into the middle to upper 30s.
Then, the clipper piece moves through later this afternoon into this evening. This is our best chance to see any widespread precip and it will likely be rain that turns to snow and sleet as temps fall again. Accumulations will be best to the north and east the US Route 22/Route 322. We could pick up 3-4” in some of these spots with much higher accumulations as you look into north and eastern PA. Areas south and east of this corridor will see limited accumulations around 1-2” at best. This all tapers in the overnight hours.
Winds pick up this evening into the 15-30mph range with higher gusts. The winds stay with us overnight and into Saturday.
WEEKEND: Saturday is cold and windy. Sun returns but temps are held in the low 30s with wind chills much colder. Sunday, winds relax, the sun sticks around and highs are in the upper 30s.
NEXT WEEK: We may start Monday with a brief period of freezing rain as precip moves in with our next system. Otherwise, we warm quickly and will see rain through the day with highs into the mid 40s. Rain tapers and we look dry for the middle part of next week with highs in the 40s.
Have a fantastic Friday and stay safe!