WILKES-BARRE — As the city was being pummeled with heavy snow, sleet and ice on Wednesday, rumors already began to swirl about the weekend.
“There was some concern late last week into early this week when there could be a storm (this weekend),” said WNEP meteorologist Tom Clark. But Clark said that will not be the case.
A storm system is coming off the coast, but Clark said it is well south of the region. Another system, albeit a much weaker one, is set to move into the area Sunday. Clark expected the system to produce minimal amounts of snow.
“I’m thinking we could be lucky to get an inch out of it, two at the very most,” Clark said.
Computer guidance plays a huge role in determining what predictions will say. Clark said computer guidance can indicate where a big storm is going to hit several days in advance. As days progress, however, computer models can change and would-be storms turn out to be minor events.
When computer guidance indications remain accurate, Clark said predicting major winter events can be fairly easy.
“When you get that indication seven days out … it spreads like wildfire,” he said.
That was the case for this weekend’s would-be storm. Ever since Wednesday, Clark said the WNEP weather team has been downplaying the threat.
Aside from this weekend’s minor snow event, Clark said the beginning and middle of next week look “fairly benign” in terms of precipitation. He did note, however, that temperatures will be colder than normal all next week. Current WNEP forecasts call for temperatures in the mid 20s to lower 30s up until Thursday.
“There’s no significant warm-up in sight,” Clark said. He added that there is the potential for more snow on Thursday as another storm forms on the east cost, “but that’s not carved in stone yet.”