The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING that will go into effect tonight at 10pm Wednesday until 2am Thursday for the following counties: CUMBERLAND, FRANKLIN & ADAMS. A WINTER STORM WARNING goes into effect tonight at 2am until 2am Wednesday for YORK & LANCASTER.
This means these areas have the best chance for higher accumulations.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY goes into effect at 2am Wednesday until 2am Thursday for MIFFLIN, JUNIATA, PERRY, DAUPHIN, LEBANON & SCHUYLKILL. This means that a period of snow will cause travel difficulties so be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities.
Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Dauphin, Lebanon are expected to get anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of snow.
Schuylkill is expected to get anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of snow. Expect lighter amounts further north especially since the storm track appears to have shifted a bit south.
Snow may be heavy at times. It is expected to start after midnight in our southwest counties. It may take much of the early morning hours for it to spread across the area. The storm appears to be moving faster therefore it is possible the snow could end in our western counties by late afternoon but continue into the night further east. There is also some hints that milder air may try and nudge in causing the snow to mix a bit in our eastern counties in the afternoon.
Winds will become an issue as well. They are expected to pick up out of the NE 10 to 20mph and gusts to 35mph. This will cause blowing snow and limit visibility causing hazardous conditions for driving.
IMPACTS: Dangerous travel conditions. Substantial reductions in visibilities. Heavy wet snow and gusty winds could result in power outages. Bridges and overpasses may be very slick.
Heaviest snow will fall in the early morning hours of Wednesday.
TIPS TO STAY SAFE
Keep an extra flashlight, food, blanket & cellular phone in your car in case of an emergency. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or FOX43 for the latest details and information on the storm.
Tweet us or send us updates through facebook of latest conditions, amounts and or pictures without putting yourself in any danger.
LOOKING AHEAD TO THE END OF THE WEEK
Thursday we’ll be left with a mix of clouds and some sunshine. Highs will reach near 40 after starting in the 30s. High pressure builds in for Friday along with a ridge in the upper levels causing some milder air to return in time to melt the snow! The weekend will be brighter and warmer with highs near 50 Saturday and low to mid 50s by Sunday. The sun will be setting later as we spring ahead one hour to Daylight Savings time.
The next system arrives Monday but with mild temperatures expected in the upper 40s to low 50s, it looks to be a rain event as of now.
Enjoy the snow!
MaryEllen Pann, Chief Meteorologist
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