Region could see 4 to 9 inches of snow, starting Sunday

Last updated: February 28. 2014 11:44PM - 2735 Views
By - tkellar@timesleader.com

Wyoming Seminary students cross Sprague Avenue in Kingston near a plume of steam coming up from the sidewalk on Thursday.
Wyoming Seminary students cross Sprague Avenue in Kingston near a plume of steam coming up from the sidewalk on Thursday.
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Weekend forecast

Clouds will begin to move into the area today with a high near 29 degrees. The wind chill could make it feel like -3 degrees. There will be a chance of flurries before tonight, followed by a chance of light snow. The low will drop to about 23 degrees. Less than a half inch of snow is possible.

A chance of light snow is expected on Sunday, with a high near 30 degrees. Snow is likely Sunday night with a low around 14 degrees.

Snow is likely once again on Monday, followed by a chance of snow on Monday night. Monday’s high will only climb to 22 degrees, while Monday night’s low will drop to about 5 degrees.

WILKES-BARRE — Friday was a bone-chilling end to an already cold week.

Friday marked the seventh day that the area saw sub-zero temperatures. WNEP meteorologist Tom Clark said it dropped to -2 degrees around sunrise, but it wasn’t enough to break the record of -6 degrees set in 1934. This winter’s seven sub-zero days ties the record for the fourth-most number of days with sub-zero temperatures in winter.

On the heels of an abnormally cold week, the Wyoming Valley will get some more snow late this weekend.

Clark said a front will pass through the area tonight and stall to the south of the area. Once there, ripples of low pressure will move along the front — one on Sunday, and another on Monday.

Both of those ripples will produce enough snow that Clark said would need shoveled or plowed. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area could see 4 to 6 inches of snow, while Clark said areas like Berwick and Hazleton to the south could see 6 to 9 inches.

Clark expected the heaviest snow to fall Sunday night and into the early afternoon hours on Monday.

“There is still some uncertainty at this point,” Clark said about the storm. He said the system could track farther south, which could mean less snow for the Wyoming Valley.

Clark said this weekend’s storm would not be the worst and would not compare to the storms the area saw in February.

“This is not going to be a blizzard or anything like that,” Clark said.

Clark expects the snow to be out of the area by Monday evening. He said that next week should continue to bring below-average temperatures, with nightly lows in the single digits.

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