Region Braces For Two Snowstorms; Forecast Still Uncertain

January 17, 2019

A snowstorm is expected to pass through Northeast Pennsylvania Thursday night into Friday morning, possibly causing problems for motorists into Friday morning’s commute.


Accumulations are expected to range from one inch in southern areas up to four inches in the north.


That’s the precursor to what is expected to be a major winter storm over the weekend that’s expected to start Saturday afternoon and continue into Sunday.


The National Weather Service says it’s still uncertain which track the weekend storm will take. 


A winter storm watch is in effect.


Once again forecasters have been slow to commit to snow totals because of the uncertain track of the storm. Here are the latest forecasts for Saturday into Sunday from around the Web:


AccuWeather: Snowfall amount from Saturday to Sunday 8 - 12 inches. AccuWeather says there’s a 47% chance we’ll receive 8-12 inches of snow by Sunday.


Weather Channel: Periods of snow in the evening will transition to a wintry mix overnight. Low near 25F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 100%. Snow and ice accumulating 5 to 8 inches. Additional snow and ice accumulating 1 to 3 inches Sunday.


Intellicast: Snow in the evening will become a mix of wintry precipitation overnight. Low 26F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip 100%. 5 to 8 inches of snow and ice expected, with another 1-3 inches of snow and ice Sunday.


National Weather Service: Snow likely, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27. Snow before 1am, then snow and sleet. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 14 inches and ice accumulations of around two-tenths of an inch possible by Sunday afternoon. Sunday winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

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