‘Winter Storm Warning’ issued

Sleet, periods of heavy snow forecast

The National Weather Service has upgraded its weather alert to a “Winter Storm Warning” in effect from Thursday morning through Friday morning for Clinton and Lycoming counties and surrounding areas.

“Heavy mixed precipitation is possible. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of up to one-tenth of an in are expected,” agency forecasters said as of about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Precipitation will start around mid-morning Thursday, continuing at various rates through the afternoon and into Friday morning.

“Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute on Thursday. Significant reductions in visibility are possible,” the agency warned.

“Heavy snow and sleet will move in from the south during the late morning (Thursday) then turn to a mixed bag of precipitation. The heaviest period of precipitation will be during the afternoon and early evening. The precipitation may turn to freezing rain for the evening and much of the night. The precipitation will likely end as a second period of heavy snow early Friday morning.”