Reported by: Chief Meteorologist Joe Murgo
A strong storm moving through the middle of the nation will send a powerful front our way on Thursday. Clouds will thicken fast early Thursday and then rain will develop during the afternoon. Some of this rainfall can be heavy Thursday afternoon into Thursday night and a couple of rumbles of thunder can not be ruled out. Behind the cold front a much colder air mass will move in for Friday through the weekend. There may be a little lull in activity early Friday, but then the cold air pushing into the region will help spark numerous snow showers and flurries from the midday Friday through Saturday. The snow showers will be heavier in the upslope areas near and west of Route 219 and this is where the best chance for travel problems will be Friday through Saturday. Because of this, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Somerset, Jefferson and Elk counties from early Friday through Saturday evening. Once time gets closer this will either be upgraded to a warning or an advisory, and at this point, you should just be prepared for problems through the higher elevations. Things will calm down on Sunday with just some leftover clouds and flurries. Monday will feature times of clouds and sunshine but the clouds will start to win out later in the day as a disturbance will pass just to the south later Monday into early Tuesday. Behind that disturbance a stronger storm will bring a rain or a mix of rain and snow for the middle of next week.