Punxsutawney Phil wasn’t kidding.
Last week’s cold snap is finally letting up, but precipitation is moving into the Wyoming Valley.
A coating of snow blanketed the ground this morning, just enough to slow down commute and cover the roadways in some areas. The snow continued to fall as of 7:55 a.m., while temperatures hovered in the lower 30s to upper 20s, a relief from last week’s single-digit temperatures and wind chill factors.
Although the snowfall was moderate this morning, it could become more significant within the next two days.
The National Weather Service (NOAA) has issued a winter weather advisory for Wilkes-Barre until 4 p.m. today. A winter storm watch is also set to go into effect late Tuesday night through Wednesday evening. The NOAA predicts around 4 inches of snow in the higher terrain of the Pocono Mountains, while the Wyoming Valley could see 1-3 inches.
Anywhere from 6 to 9 inches of snow is possible on Wednesday, along with a glaze of ice.
Snow is expected to continue to fall until noon today, followed by a chance of flurries. The temperature will remain in the lower 30s, and around an inch of snow is possible. Clear skies are expected tonight, with a low around 16.
Partly sunny skies are expected on Tuesday, with a high in the lower 30s. Snow is expected on Tuesday night before 4 a.m., followed by snow and sleet. The low will be in the upper 20s, and up to three quarters of an inch of precipitation are possible.
Snow, freezing rain and sleet are expected before 7 a.m. on Wednesday, followed by freezing rain and sleet between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. and snow after 1 p.m. The high will be in the mid 30s. Mostly cloudy skies are expected on Wednesday night, with a low in the lower teens.
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