Over the last 24 hours there has been a warming trend with Saturday’s storm system. We now expect more sleet than snow to fall for many areas across the state. As a result this will cut down on snowfall totals. With that being said, Saturday’s storm system will still cause significant travel impacts across the state.
Most locations will start off as period snow at the onset of the storm. Precipitation will move into Western Pennsylvania after 5:00 AM Saturday and will continue to expand east. Below is a look at 7:00 AM Saturday:
Precipitation will begin to pickup in intensity and expand into central and eastern Pennsylvania as we head later into the morning hours. Below is a look at 10:00 AM Saturday morning:
There are noticeable gaps in the future radar shown by the NAM.We do not necessarily buy that solution, instead there will be a solid shield of snow in eastern Pennsylvania at the onset. By the time the mid-afternoon hours arrive, most of Pennsylvania is experiencing either sleet or freezing rain and not snow. Below is a look at 4:00 PM Saturday:
SECOND CALL ICE FORECAST FOR SATURDAY
Area A: Ice accretion of .05 – .20″ expected. Scattered power outages possible due to strong winds and icy conditions.
Area B: A glaze to .05″ of ice accrual expected. Isolated power outages possible due to ice and high winds.
SECOND CALL SNOWFALL FORECAST FOR SATURDAY
Area A: Snowfall accumulation of 4 – 6″ expected, followed by an additional inch or two of lake effect Saturday Night into Sunday. Travel will be difficult, as roads will become snow-packed.
Area B: Snow and sleet accumulation of 2 – 4″ expected. Hazardous travel likely Saturday.
Area C: Snowfall and sleet accumulation of <1 – 2″ expected. Due to temperatures in the 20s, roads will become slushy.
Area D: No snow accumulation expected.
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Be sure to share the forecast with your family and friends who may have plans this weekend. Stay tuned for the final call Friday evening.