Light snow could hit area tonight

LOCK HAVEN — Areas of light snow and ice could cause travel disruptions across the interior northeastern United States tonight into Thanksgiving Day.

Whether that nasty bit of weather will touch upon central Pennsylvania depends on a pair of weather systems tracking quickly across the country.

Wednesday night, rain and snow showers will push eastward into parts of the interior Northeast, possibly as far east as western New England by early Thanksgiving morning, National Weather Service forecasters said.

The new weather system will have less snowfall and wind, and by Thanksgiving Day, any remaining snow from this first system will be rather patchy and light from Upper Michigan to the interior Northeast and northern New England.

The snowfall from this system won’t be as heavy or widespread, but enough wintry precipitation may fall to cause disruptions from Pennsylvania to New England by Thanksgiving.

A storm delivering snow, ice and rain to the central U.S. on Tuesday will reach the Northeast late today into Thursday.

A second system will follow immediately in the first’s track.

On Friday, some light, wet snow or rain will travel through the Great Lakes into northern New York and northern New England.

On Saturday, lingering rain or snow showers are possible in the interior Northeast. Enough cold air will hold firm near the ground to allow for areas of freezing drizzle, sleet and snow at the onset of the storm.

Snow and ice accumulations will remain minimal through the storm. Snowfall will range between a coating to three inches, with ice accumulations expected to remain below a 10th of an inch.

People hitting the roadways on Thursday morning should use extra caution. Surfaces that appear wet can be coated with a thin layer of ice, which can make travel extremely dangerous.

Farther south where the air will be too mild for any snow or ice, sporadic rain will fall from parts of the mid-Atlantic to the southern New England coast.

Beyond Thanksgiving, another weak storm is expected to reach the Northeast on Friday into Saturday.

Shoppers will have to dodge light, sporadic rain showers in and out of stores on Black Friday.