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Update to storm watches and warnings

Below are the latest updates to the storm watches, warnings and advisories.  The storm track has shifted further south so the National Weather Service has updated the storm watches and warnings.  

WINTER STORM WARNING in effect from 4pm today until 4pm Monday.  The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…6 TO 8 INCHES.

* TIMING…THE PERIOD OF HEAVIEST SNOW WILL BE FROM TONIGHT INTO

MONDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL END BY MONDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS…DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS

AND REDUCED VISIBILITY. THIS WILL AFFECT THE MONDAY MORNING

COMMUTE.

* WINDS…NORTH 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect today at NOON until 1pm Monday for Juniata and Mifflin Counties.  The Winter Storm Watch previously issued for this area is no longer in effect.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect today from 4PM to 1pm Monday for Perry, Dauphin, Schuylkill, Lebanon, and Cumberland Counties. The Winter Storm Watch previously in effect is no longer.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…3 TO 6 INCHES.

* TIMING…THE PERIOD OF HEAVIEST SNOW WILL BE FROM TONIGHT INTO

MONDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL END BY MONDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS…HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS

AND REDUCED VISIBILITY. THIS WILL AFFECT THE MONDAY MORNING

COMMUTE.

WINDS…NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.4 PM EST MONDAY…

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QUIET THROUGH TONIGHT

All remains calm for now across the region. Clouds have increased this afternoon ahead of an arctic front that continues to approach the region. We’ll see a few flakes overnight, but that will be the extent of it. Low temperatures are not going to be as mild thanks to the cloud cover. Readings fall into the lower to middle 20s. Winds are light through the night, shifting from south to north around daybreak.

NEXT STORM SUNDAY NIGHT-MONDAY

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Here’s a look at expected snow totals across the area.

The arctic front stalls to our south. Ripples of energy will be allowed to travel across it, but the main one we’ve got our eye on is a storm system that continues to spin off the California coast. Overnight, it crosses onto main land, and quickly shoots across the region. It’s this low that brings accumulating snow Monday night. Before it gets here, the ripples bring a mix to the region by Sunday afternoon, and it overspreads. The north stands the best chance of being mainly snow, and the southern sees a mix that includes mainly sleet and rain. Ultimately during the evening, cold air advancing from the north wins out, changing everyone from snow north to south. The snow will be moderate to heavy at times, especially along the state border through the Monday morning commute. It exits by early afternoon. Recent trends have been shoving the system farther south and exiting it earlier. It’s a trend that needs to be watched, but there is plenty of suspicion a northern wiggle north will return. So the thinking is still the same that many spots see 6-10”, especially the southern half, with more to the north. Should the southern track ultimately win out however, totals will follow suit. See map for specific snow totals.

UNSEASONABLY COLD

March continues its unseasonably cold start, with a return to arctic air through the middle of the week. Frigid lows and highs in the 20s are expected.  Thursday we look to peak near 30 degrees. We’ve got our eyes on Friday; models have been indicating some coastal activity for awhile now, but whether or not it amounts to something for us has yet to be seen. One storm at a time!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

-Andrea Michaels

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