Season’s biggest storm coming

From staff reports

Get ready for what could be Central Pennsylvania’s biggest winter storm of the season so far.

National Weather Service forecasters last night issued a “Winter Storm Watch” and say light snow will start falling over the region overnight tonight, picking up in intensity and form through Wednesday evening.

“Heavy snow (is) possible, with total snow accumulations of 6 inches or more over all of the watch area. Minor ice accumulations are also possible, mainly south of Interstate 80,” forecasters warn.

The prediction as of last night?

Our area is right on the line between snow and ice as the storm picks up, but forecasts warn some areas will see a half of a foot, while others will get 3 inches and yet others will be dealing with ice and rain.

That’s not good for travel on Wednesday, so plan ahead.

Areas to the north of Clinton, Centre and Lycoming counties could get a foot of snow, as forecasters say the heaviest snow is likely to fall from northern and central Pennsylvania to northern New England. Any minor fluctuation in the storm’s track by a few miles to the north or south will shift the narrow icy zone and corridor of heaviest snow accordingly, said AccuWeather meteorologist Renee Duff.

“And the active weather pattern shows no sign of letting up in the central and eastern United States as another storm will brew over the weekend, she noted. Sunday’s storm here brought from 2 inches in the Susquehanna River Valley to 5 or more inches in the higher elevations north and west of Lock Haven.

So here’s the scenario: Snow will start falling well after midnight tonight as temperatures hover around 20 degrees. The area will wake up to snow fall Wednesday as temperatures slowly climb to a high of 34.

Wednesday night will bring snow and much-colder temperatures as the low will be around 17 degrees.