Lehigh Valley

Flight delays, cancellations reported at LVIA, PHL as storm hammers coast

Some schools are closed for the day and some travel issues are being reported around the area as a powerful storm brings rain, wind and some snow to Pennsylvania.

The storm moving along the East Coast could bring wind gusts of up to 60 mph, and some rain is already switching to snow, especially further north.

Schools in the Poconos and north of the Poconos closed Friday because of the messy weather.


The winds are expected to pick up Friday afternoon and continue into the evening. Property owners are being urged to secure items like trash cans and patio furniture.

Several flights have already been canceled at Lehigh Valley International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport. Delays are also being reported.

The change from rain to wet snow during the evening rush could cause travel issues from Harrisburg to Allentown and Philadelphia, and officials urge drivers to be cautious.

The change to snow, and how much accumulates, depends on how much moisture the storm picks up and will vary greatly by elevation.

The Poconos, northeastern Pennsylvania, and northwestern New Jersey stand the best chances of seeing the most snow, with 6 inches or more of snow likely over the higher elevations.

Farther south towards the Lehigh Valley, Bucks and Montgomery counties, and central New Jersey, a coating to up to an inch or two of wet snow may accumulate. Click here for the latest forecast.

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