EYEWITNESS WEATHER (WBRE/WYOU) — Winter Storm Watches are in effect across all of northeastern and central PA starting Thursday through Friday afternoon. 

Cloud cover increased Wednesday night out ahead of the storm system.

Precipitation will begin in central PA Thursday morning and spread into northeastern PA by lunchtime. There may be a period of a wintry mix before the main snow arrives for the afternoon and evening. 

Warmer air in the upper levels of the atmosphere will help to change the snow to a mix by Thursday night, especially in the valleys.

The wintry mix will continue for Friday, gradually tapering off around 3:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m.

Snow will be on the heavier side. When you combine it with mixed precipitation, conditions will continue to be sloppy and harder to shovel.

As for accumulations, 2-5 inches is expected farther south you go and in lower elevations. 5-10 inches is expected across the higher terrain and farther north.

Some double-digit amounts are possible in isolated locations. 

If you are traveling, allow extra time. In addition, the wind will be gusty, which can cause isolated power outages through Friday afternoon.

You can stay current on all the latest weather alerts and track the storm using the Eyewitness Interactive Radar.