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Winter storm to affect Central PA starting tomorrow afternoon - abc27 WHTM

Winter storm to affect Central PA starting tomorrow afternoon

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March 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.

As 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.

Our best 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

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