First Call Snow Forecast Thursday Night into Friday Morning

We are tracking a weak area of low pressure that will develop to our west and take a path just south of our state, putting most, if not all areas, on the cold side of the storm. This will lead to a light to moderate snowfall for many during the Thursday Night and Friday Morning time period. Snow will develop across much of PA by Midnight Friday Morning. We will have to keep a close eye on southern pa’s temperatures, as warmer temperatures may allow for rain to mix in with the snowfall, or may prohibit snow from accumulating. Below…

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RAW VIDEO: Dangerous Squall Passes Through The State College Area

As a forecaster, snow squalls are one of the most dangerous weather phenomenons we have to forecast. You can go from a perfectly calm day, to blizzard conditions within a couple minutes, putting motorists at extreme risk. Today, unfortunately there has been many reports of accidents across the state. One of the hardest hit areas was the State College area.  Below is an eye-witness video posted by Garrett Bastardi. Check out his Facebook page here>>>Garrett Bastardi Weather   Another video when winds were gusting close to 50mph with blizzard conditions. -GB Posted by Garrett Bastardi Weather on Friday, March 3,…

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Severe Storms Packing Damaging Winds, Large Hail, and Isolated Tornadoes Likely Wednesday

Severe thunderstorms will pop-up Wednesday Afternoon ahead of an organized line anticipated to move through by the late afternoon and evening depending on location. The NWS Storm Prediction Center has now expanded the Slight Risk to cover the entire state. There is the possibility of an Enhanced Risk being warranted across Southern PA. We expect storms to fire Wednesday Afternoon, some of which will likely turn severe. There is the possibility of a couple cells turning tornadic mainly in Southern and Central PA. By late Wednesday Afternoon we expect an organized line of strong to severe thunderstorms to develop just…

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Another Round of Severe Storms Expected Wednesday

Severe thunderstorms tore through the eastern half of the state Saturday, delivering widespread wind damage along with golf ball sized hail and even two tornadoes. An EF-2 tornado outside of Scranton in the town of Pittston packed winds of 120 MPH and was observed to be nearly a third-mile wide. The tornado was the strongest in Pennsylvania history for the month of February. A similar setup will be in place Wednesday, with a low pressure system traveling to our north. Along with very high CAPE values for this time of the year, there will be much more lift Wednesday compared…

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RAW VIDEO: A Tornado on the Ground Near Scranton, PA

A tornado-warned supercell thunderstorm near Scranton, PA in the area of Pittston produced what has been ruled the strongest tornado in Pennsylvania history for the month of February with winds of 120 MPH. Here is the video, check it out!   This #tornado occurred this afternoon near Dupont, #Pennsylvania. Video: Jolene Ann Airwyke-Rose pic.twitter.com/c7xyV55Vdz — Zach Sharpe (@StormChaserZach) February 25, 2017 Be sure to share this historic event below using the icons! Stay safe!  

Strong to Severe Thunderstorms Capable of Damaging Winds Possible Tomorrow

While many of us are enjoying the abnormally warm weather for this time of year, we are tracking a potent cold front that will be pushing across the state during the day Tomorrow. It currently stands that Central and Eastern PA will have a more likely chance of experiencing these strong to severe storms Tomorrow due to it occurring later in the day. Western PA will be first to be hit by the cold front, anywhere between 5 AM and 8 AM, this will lead to downpours and possibly a rumble of thunder. Because it is occurring early in the morning…

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Strong to Severe Thunderstorms Possible Saturday

On February 24th, 2016, multiple tornadoes touched down from the New York Border to the Maryland Border. This year, parts of the state will face the threat of severe thunderstorms just one day later. While we don’t expect tornadoes this time around due to far different dynamics, strong to severe storms containing mainly damaging winds will be possible Saturday. A low pressure system moving through the Central Plains and Upper Midwest will cut to our west Thursday and Friday, pushing temperatures in Central and Southern PA over the 70 degree mark both days. By Saturday, warm air will still be…

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Final Call for Significant Winter Storm Tonight into Tomorrow Morning

A significant snowstorm is less than 12 hours away from impacting the area. Temperatures across the state are currently in the 30s and 40s for the northwest half of the state and 40s and 50s for the southeast half of the state. Temperatures will continue to drop throughout the evening hours as a cold front passes through the state setting the stage for a significant snowstorm. Latest trends have been suggesting heavier precip and a bit farther northwest, which could lead to a warmer start for far southern pa and the result of that would be a longer period of…

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First Call for Significant Winter Storm Wednesday Night into Thursday

We are now under 30 hours away from a significant winter storm impacting regions of the state that have so far had little snowfall. Winter Storm watches are currently being hoisted across eastern pa and just about all of south-central pa. This will be our largest winter storm of the season so far, given how many of us will be impacted by a significant amount of snow. The trend over the last 24 hours with guidance has leaned pretty similar to our #1 scenario last night. However, guidance has trended wetter (snowier) and also a stronger system in general. For…

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Winter Storm Possible Wednesday Night into Thursday

View our First Call Forecast for this Significant Winter Storm by clicking this link Parts of Southern PA have yet to receive a plow-able snowfall this winter. However, a sneaky system will rapidly develop Wednesday as cold air flows in. We are looking at the potential for several inches of snow Wednesday Night – Thursday Morning especially across Southeast PA. With a system cutting to the west Tuesday, our flow will be coming from the south resulting in temperatures warming well into the 50s and perhaps touching 60 in some spots. Temperatures will play a key role in our forecast for…

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Cold & Snowy February on the Way For Pennsylvania

About a week ago we made a post regarding a chilly and potentially snowy February in-store for the Keystone State. Now, being only seven days from the first day of February, our confidence has only grown that February will bring below average temperatures and above average snowfall to PA. Long range models continue to indicate persistent troughing from the Northern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic for atleast the first half of February. Below is the GFS Ensemble Mean. To make things simple, blue means below normal temperatures, orange is above. We also mentioned the MJO, which can influence our pattern. It…

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Snowfall Forecast For Significant Lake Effect and Upslope Snow Event

A strong cold front will move through the area Thursday, reactivating the lake effect snow machine. Snow will begin across Western PA Thursday Night, with the heaviest snow likely Friday. Pittsburgh will see about 2-4″ of snow, with its northern suburbs picking up 4-6″. The Laurel Highlands, especially around Somerset and Johnstown, will benefit from upslope activity, resulting in persistent snowfall. Around 6-8″ of snow is likely across these areas. Here is our complete snowfall forecast map. SNOWFALL EXPECTED THURSDAY – SATURDAY Area A – Snowfall accumulation of 8-12″ expected. Area B – Snowfall accumulation of 6-8″ expected. Area C…

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Final Call Forecast for Monday’s Powerful Nor’easter

We are now within 12-24 hours before the region feels the impacts from Tomorrow’s Nor’easter. Winter Storm Watches have been issued for Northcentral and Northeastern PA with Wind Advisories in Southeast PA. Guidance has trended colder since our first call last night. This puts many more locations under the gun for a changeover to sleet and/or wet snow later in the day Monday as the Nor’easter begins to really crank off the coast. To all those weather enthusiasts out there, sit back and enjoy this storm. The radar will be lit up Tomorrow Afternoon and Evening with just about every…

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First Call Forecast For Monday’s Nor’easter

While guidance trended less aggressive in terms of the snow side with this powerful nor’easter, there will still be a nice swath of accumulating snowfall from Central PA through Northern PA. We will all begin as rain late Sunday Night/Early Monday Morning, Central PA and Northern PA will begin to change from rain to a mix of sleet/rain to eventually wet snowfall that has the potential to lay down several inches, especially in the highest of elevations. For the rest of us in South-central PA/Southeast PA/East-Central PA, we will be in for a cold soaking and heavy rainfall. Western PA…

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Significant Snow & Rainstorm Possible Monday

After a stretch of mild weather, we are tracking a potent coastal storm that will be impacting our weather in a big way come Sunday Night and into Monday Night. Over the last several days, Josh and I have been tracking this system and even though model guidance continued to show an all rainstorm, we discussed between ourselves the potential for this to turn on somewhat snowy. And sure enough, here we are a couple days later and model guidance has finally caught onto our ideas of a rain and snowstorm. The current path this system is projected to take…

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