begins the same way much of the winter has treated us -- very cold.
Lows in the single digits this morning will give way to a warmer
afternoon with highs near 32 degrees. That is still 10-15 degrees below
the average high for early March! Expect mostly cloudy skies today but
it should remain dry.
Our focus is now on the approaching
storm for Sunday and Monday. Temperatures are going to reach 30-35
degrees by tomorrow afternoon as the moisture reaches the Midstate. Plan
for rain showers, with some pockets of freezing rain and sleet to start
the event at some point during the mid afternoon hours.
cooler air begins to sink southward tomorrow evening, the wintry mix and
ice should transition to a period of snow. While there could be lulls
in the precipitation Sunday night, the bulk of the snow accumulation
will head toward Central PA for Monday morning.
chance for a period of all snow will be Monday morning through noon.
There are still uncertainties to iron out as the storm approaches, but
if the steady stream of moisture lifts over the Midstate, we have the
chance to receive about 4 to 8 inches of snow through early Monday
afternoon. Snow amounts will be affected by how much mixing occurs at
the onset of the event tomorrow and exactly where the steady stream of
moisture sets up.
In a nutshell, this storm looks like it
will have similar impacts to other storms we have seen this winter. A
messy Monday morning commute looks highly likely with more shoveling
needed by Monday afternoon. Stay tuned.
-Meteorologist Brett Thackara