Area braces for another ‘messy’ winter storm

By CHRIS MORELLI

cmorelli@lockhaven.com

LOCK HAVEN — There’s just no end in sight.

Mother Nature continues to hammer central Pennsylvania with round after round of winter weather. In what seems like a weekly occurrence, we are in for another storm this week.

This one arrives on Wednesday and is expected to dump 1 to 3 inches of snow on the region. But that’s not the worst of it, according to AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tom Kines.

“It’s going to start as snow, but then change over to sleet and freezing rain,” Kines said. “The amount of snow really depends on when the changeover occurs.”

According to Kines, the storm should start in the early morning hours Wednesday.

“Regardless of when the changeover starts, Wednesday is going to be a very messy day,” Kines said.

Although the storm will begin as snow, rising temperatures will cause the precipitation to change to sleet, ice and freezing rain and plain old rain.

“It’s kind of a ‘pick your poison’ type of storm. No one wants freezing rain, of course, but if we don’t get the changeover, we are looking at higher amounts of snow,” Kines said.

According to AccuWeather.com, the snow will start around 8 a.m. on Wednesday and continue until around noon. At 2 p.m., the ice moves in and will continue into the early evening hours. Temperatures will hover around the 30-degree mark, making the storm a hard one to predict, Kines said.

“This is a tricky one,” Kines said of the storm.

Kines said that that because of the timing of the storm, the morning commute might not be the hardest part of the day.

“Because of the freezing rain, the drive home could be difficult,” he said. Kines said that once the front moves out late Wednesday, things should clear up.

“Thursday is not a bad day, temperature-wise,” Kines said. “We should reach the low 40s and that will melt a lot of the snow and ice we get on Wednesday.”

According to AccuWeather.com, there’s good news on the horizon: Following Wednesday’s storm, temperatures are expected to remain in the low to mid 40s for the rest of February – at least during the day.

“We’ll be back to where we normally are this time of year,” Kines said.

The next daytime temperature in the 30s comes – you guessed it – on Friday, March 1.

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