Reported by: Chief Meteorologist Joe Murgo
A powerful storm in the middle of the nation is pushing a front through our region. As the front pushes off to the east, the rain will end mixed with snow and there can be some slippery roads through the early morning hours. There still may be a few slippery spots for the morning commute as temperatures will drop below freezing in places, but we are not expecting major or widespread problems for the Friday morning commute. The rest of Friday will be quite windy and cold with numerous snow showers and flurries. The snow showers will only bring a coating to an inch or two to places near and east of I-99 but the upslope areas near and west of Route 219 will have a lot more snow with some of the favored ridges getting a foot of snow. Because of this, a winter storm warning is in effect for Somerset, Jefferson and Elk counties with a winter weather advisory for many other counties near and west of I-99. Snow showers will continue, especially in those areas near and west of Route 219 on Saturday. There will be more like flurries to the east. The wind will blow some of the snow around and give sudden reductions in visibility so continue to use caution when driving especially heading to and from western Pennsylvania. There could also be some peeks of sunshine on Saturday east of I-99. It will be cold Saturday with highs only in the 20s to the lower 30s.
Here is the forecasted accumulation through Saturday
We'll have a bit of a break on Sunday with more clouds than sunshine and only a slight chance for flurries. A weak system will slide across the region later Monday into Tuesday and bring the chance for some snow, perhaps rain showers. This should not cause any travel problems for the holiday but may just add to the atmosphere. Behind that system, a stronger storm system will bring the chance of a wintry mix for the middle of next week.