After a very mild stretch of weather for the first half of January, winter is finally coming back in full force!
For today, high pressure keeps us mostly sunny. Although, temperatures will be very cold. Highs struggle to reach the low and mid 20s. It will be breezy at times, which will make it feel 10-15 degrees colder than the actual air temperature. Clouds will increase overnight out ahead of our next system, but temperatures drop into the low teens and even single digits.
On Saturday, a complex winter storm will bring precipitation into the region for much of the day. Low pressure will pass to our northwest over the Great Lakes. Start times in Central PA look between 7-10 AM and Northeast PA between 11 AM-2 PM. Generally, we are looking for a period of accumulating snow for Saturday before a transition to a wintry mix late-afternoon through overnight. If this storm was farther south and east, mixing would not be as big of an issue. For anyone traveling this Saturday, road conditions will likely be impacted. As for accumulations, this system will provide a general 3-6″ of snow, plus some light icing with that changeover to a wintry mix. Lesser amounts will be in the valleys, where some locations may struggle to reach 2″ if mixing wins.
Precipitation lightens up by late Saturday evening, which will taper off to a few lingering lake-enhanced snow showers leading into Sunday. Winds will be gusty at times with highs in the lower 30s.
Here comes the arctic blast for Monday and Tuesday! While most days should be dry (despite a passing snow shower or two), it will be COLD! Highs on Monday struggle to reach the mid 20s. We are even colder on Tuesday in the lower 20s. You’ll want to make sure you grab several layers before heading out the door!
Check back with Eyewitness Weather for the latest updates on the snow and arctic cold!