Reported by: Chief Meteorologist Joe Murgo
The cold weather pattern continued but will be easing up as we head through the upcoming weekend. Clouds did break for some sunshine today but it was still very cold with highs mostly in the teens. The sky will be mainly clear early tonight and that will set the stage for a quick plunge in temperatures early tonight. Some spots may even drop below zero before starting to rise with a little increase in cloudiness later at night. This increasing in cloudiness will be coming from a disturbance that will bring some snow to the region Friday. Most of the snowfall will fall from the midday hours through the evening hours. While it will not be heavy, it will be a more widespread event which may cause some travel problems for the region for the late afternoon commute. Accumulations will range from 1-3" for most of the valleys north of I-80 and east of I-99 to as much as 6" through the Laurel Highlands. Temperatures will not rise higher than the teens in most places on Friday. Behind this system there will still be some clouds and scattered flurries and snow showers on Saturday with a cold afternoon with highs in the lower 20s. A ridge of high pressure will settle over the region and bring us some sunshine Sunday with temperatures rebounding into the upper 20s. This is just the start of a warm up for early next week. A disturbance at the leading edge of the milder air will bring some clouds with some Monday with snow showers that can be mixed with freezing rain and rain. Any mix will change to periods of plain rain for Tuesday and Wednesday with the mercury creeping back into the 40s by Wednesday. A cold front will return chillier air to the region later next week, but it will not be a repeat of this last Arctic blast.