It was a brisk, sunny start this morning in Wilkes-Barre.
The sunshine’s warmth was masked by the frigid morning air. Temperatures dropped below zero in the early morning hours, and finally climbed to the single digits by about 9 a.m. Today’s high is expected to climb to the mid 20s.
Today, however, looks to be the calm before the next dose of winter weather hits the Wyoming Valley.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch that will go into effect at 7 a.m. on Thursday, and will last until 6 a.m. on Friday. Included in the watch area are portions of the Pocono and western Catskills Mountains, as well as the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys.
According to the watch, heavy snow is expected to move into the area Thursday night. There is the potential for 7 inches of snow or more, but the watch indicates that there is still uncertainty with the storm’s projected track.
The National Weather Service predicts that the snow will begin late tonight in early tomorrow morning, with a low around 17 degrees. Less than an inch of snow is expected currently.
Snow is expected once again tomorrow before 1 p.m., and is then expected to possibly mix with sleet later in the afternoon. Tomorrow’s high will climb to the lower to mid 30s.
The chance of snow and sleet will remain on Thursday night, with the low dropping to the lower 20s.
There will be a slight chance of snow showers on Friday and into Friday evening. Friday’s highs will climb to the mid 30s, and the low will drop back to about 20 degrees.
Be sure to check back to The Times Leader as the storm moves into the area for any school closures, road closures or other advisories. Also be sure to check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/timesleader.