Complex system brings ice, rain, and snow to Central PA

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…A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect this afternoon until early Wednesday morning…

ICY STORM:  We’re back at it again folks.  We start the day cloudy and cold with temps pushing into the upper 20s by midday.  As we’re warming, the next storm system races in.  Once again, cold air will hold its ground at the surface, while warmer air forces in overhead.  So we start in the afternoon hours as some light snow for an hour or so.  It quickly changes to sleet and freezing rain by late afternoon and for the evening commute as temperatures struggle to warm toward freezing.  By late evening, the icy mix turns to plain, cold rain which lasts overnight.  After 1" or so of snow, we could pick up 0.10”-0.25” of ice around the region before turning to rain showers.

ME What _to_Expect STORM

A quick 1" or so of snow will quickly change to sleet and freezing rain.  Here are the ice totals.

A quick 1" or so of snow will quickly change to sleet and freezing rain. Here are the ice totals.

The rain will break a bit for Wednesday, before returning in the afternoon and evening.  Highs will bump to the middle 40s for the day!  Expect mainly cloudy skies.

PHASE 2: As the back edge of precipitation pushes through overnight and into Thursday, cold air will catch up to it.  It looks like this second phase of precipitation will come as some snow, which could accumulate several inches for early Thursday.  Right now, it’s way too early to be calling out any reliable numbers as the storm is still forming.  Regardless, temperatures fall again with highs only in the upper 20s for Thursday as we begin to dry out.

Temps fall as the back edge of precipitations pushes through Wednesday night.  We could see several inches of snow out of this by Thursday morning.

Temps fall as the back edge of precipitations pushes through Wednesday night. We could see several inches of snow out of this by Thursday morning.

FRIDAY:  It’s still a cold day, but high pressure brings sunshine back into our lives.  Expect highs near 30° after a start near 10°.

WEEKEND:  More sun is in the forecast on Saturday.  We’ll be dry and near 40°.  Sunday, it’s partly cloudy with highs in the middle 40s.  Enjoy!

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME:  This coming weekend marks the start of Daylight Saving Time.  We’ll turn our clocks ahead one hour before bed Saturday night.  Don’t forget to check those smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm batteries too!

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Have a safe Tuesday.

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