Snow, freezing rain will make it ‘very messy’

By CHRIS MORELLI

cmorelli@lockhaven.com

LOCK HAVEN — It’s going to be a messy few days around here.

A winter storm warning is in effect until 9 p.m. today. When it’s all said and done, the Lock Haven area is expected to get between 3 and 6 inches of snow. After the snow departs, however, things will get even more interesting.

AccuWeather in State College is predicting a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and regular rain showers for the Lock Haven area today.

“That comes after the snow moves out,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Alyson Hoegg.

She characterized it as an “all-day event.”

With temperatures hovering in the mid-30s, travel could be difficult today into Wednesday.

“As we go through the day (Tuesday), things could get very messy,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Alyson Hoegg. “The transition to freezing rain and sleet is always interesting.”

AccuWeather is calling Tuesday’s event an “icy mix.” The high today is expected to be 32. Wednesday’s high is expected to be 34.

Those makes thing difficult to predict, Hoegg said.

“When you’re right around 32, that’s keeps things slick. Anyone who has to be out on the road … it’s going to be tricky, that’s for sure,” Hoegg said.

The National Weather Service in State College has also issued a winter storm warning. It recommends that those who don’t have to travel stay off the roads to give PennDOT time to clear the icy mix.

“Travel will become dangerous due to the combination of precipitation types. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times,” according to the NWS.

A total of two-tenths of an inch of ice is possible, according to the National Weather Service.

Once the mess moves out, Hoegg said the remainder of the week doesn’t look too bad.

“There is a light at the end of the tunnel,” she said. “We should have temperatures in the mid 40s by the end of the week.”

AccuWeather predicts temperatures in the mid 40s for both Thursday and Friday. Rain and snow is in the forecast for Saturday. The high on Saturday is 39.

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