The calm before the frigid cold blast!

QUIET CHILLY DAY WEDNESDAY

dma-futurecast-wind-gust-arrows-pmGet ready to layer up!!! The next more potent system arrives Wednesday evening followed by a punch of frigid air.  Expect to see sunshine and highs in the  middle 30s. The winds pick up and a significant blast of Arctic air burst into the area.  Snow squalls are likely and may hamper traveling with limited visibility and slick roads. This is mainly north and west of Harrisburg.  Temperatures dive for Thursday as morning lows tank into the teens and highs only muster the lower 20s. The winds will gust 30 to 40 mph causing wind chills plummetdma-gfs-futurecast-wind-chills into the single digits and sub-zero readings.  Friday morning is frigid with single digit morning lows! As high pressure builds in, the winds relax and there is more sunshine to end the week but highs only climb to the lower 20s.   Clouds begin to increase ahead of our next system.  This next system is of concern because of the potential for accumulating snow and ice.

ANOTHER SYSTEM FOR THE WEEKEND

Following the heels of an Arctic blast,  another wintry mess heads along with rain showers at some point both Saturday and Sunday.  Before any transition to a mix, we could pick up accumulating snow early morning Saturday.   The concern is the warmer arriving in the upper levels while surface temperatures remain stuck a the freezing mark.  The question is: How long before the surface temps climb before the snow, freezing rain and/or sleet changes to rain.  Eventually,  temperatures moderate over the weekend from the 30s Saturday to the 40s by Sunday.  Quite a bit to iron out in the coming days.  The FOX43 weather team will bring you the latest each day.

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NEXT WEEK

Monday and Tuesday are cold but quiet as high pressure brings sunshine and drier conditions to begin the week.

Stay with FOX43 Weather for updated changes to the forecast through the rest of the week!

Have a good day!

MaryEllen Pann,

Chief Meteorologist