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Sunday storm: 6-10 inches of snow on the way

LOCK HAVEN — The snow is coming.

The good news? If you have plans this weekend, you’ll probably have time to enjoy them before the snow falls. The bad news? Once the snow starts on Sunday, it will be coming down fast and furious.

According to Accuweather senior meteorologist Tom Kines, the snow arrives Sunday evening.

“The snow isn’t coming until late Sunday,” Kines said, “so those who have outdoor plans this weekend will be OK.”

The snow will arrive in Centre County first, then makes it way to Clinton County, Kines said.

“Centre County … it’s probably (starting) around 5 or 6 p.m. It’s going to be another hour or two for Clinton County,” Kines said.

Therefore, Clinton County will probably start seeing snowflakes around 7 or 8 p.m. Sunday night.

Kines said that it will be the first “significant” snowfall of the year.

“The bulk of the storm will take place Sunday night into Monday,” he said. ”

When it’s all said and done, Centre and Clinton counties could be looking at anywhere “from 6 to 10 inches of snowfall.”

However, Kines did note that if temperatures move into the mid 30s, some of the snow could come down as sleet.

“If we see sleet, the (snowfall) amounts will drop, but it’s a double-edged sword because the sleet is tougher to move around. It’s a real backbreaker,” Kines said.

But whether it’s sleet or snow, the roads in Centre and Clinton counties will not be good, he said.

“If you have the option of not traveling, stay put — especially Monday,” Kines said.

Prior to the snow arriving, we are looking at some downright frigid temperatures. Saturday’s high is expected to be around 19, with a low around 2. On Sunday, the high is only expected to reach 25 with a low of 19, perfect conditions for the storm. On Monday, the high is expected to top out at around 32, which means the precipitation would likely remain as snow.

But, wait and see, Kines said.

“Hard to predict,” he said. “But we will see the first half of the storm on Sunday, the second half of the storm on Monday.”

Wind could also be a problem. On Monday, we could see wind gusts up to 38 miles per hour. If that happens, look for some blowing and drifting snow.

“We could see that, especially if we have the white, fluffy stuff,” Kines said.

For up to the minute forecasts, download the newly re-designed Accuweather app or visit www.accuweather.com.

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