Weather Forecast Discussion

Snow develops Wednesday and then changes to sleet and ice with slick travel developing

Drier and much milder on Thursday

TONIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy early then increasing clouds. Low: 23

WEDNESDAY: Snow developing, then mixing with and changing to sleet and freezing rain late. 2-4” of snow for most, 4-8” to the southwest. High: 31

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Sleet and freezing rain may change to plain rain in some areas. Slowly rising temps. Low: 30

WINTER STORM WARNING FOR BERKS, CHESTER, AND UPPER MONTGOMERY COUNTY FROM LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT

WINTER STORM WARNING FOR LANCASTER AND LEBANON COUNTIES FROM EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY MORNING

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR THE LEHIGH VALLEY, THE POCONOS, PIKE AND LUZERNE COUNTIES, AND NORTHWESTERN NEW JERSEY FROM LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY MORNING

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR THE DELAWARE VALLEY, SOUTHWESTERN NEW JERSEY, AND NORTHERN DELAWARE FROM EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY EVENING

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR HUNTERDON, UPPER BUCKS, AND MERCER COUNTIES FROM LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT


Ready or not, here it comes. It refers to our next bout of winter weather, which like the last few will bring a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain on Wednesday, and for many some plain rain to top it all off before the storm departs later Wednesday night. The mixed bag means that this won’t be all snow for anyone, which will prevent this storm from being a prolific snowmaker. But like its predecessors, this storm will create some hazardous travel conditions as a period of accumulating snow will be followed by some sleet, and then some ice buildup in spots that will result from some freezing rain. Road conditions should steadily deteriorate from southwest to northeast during the day on Wednesday as snow overspreads the area. So while many may sneak in a dry morning commute, don’t let your guard down as roads should become snow-covered and slick as the day progresses.

After a clear to partly cloudy start, clouds will increase and thicken overnight as lows drop well into the 20s. Many of us will wake up to cloudy skies but a dry start to our Wednesday, before snow steadily develops, first around Lancaster and Harrisburg early in the morning, spreading towards Reading, Pottstown, Philadelphia, and South Jersey by mid-morning. The Lehigh Valley and central New Jersey should see snow break out around midday, then last towards the Poconos and northwestern New Jersey by mid-afternoon. The steadiest snow, including some heavier bursts, should be concentrated in areas farther southwest, and that’s where the highest snow totals will be found. Areas of Berks, Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties stand the best chance of seeing snow totals from four to eight inches, with most places closer to four and eight serving as the exception. For most of us, it’s two to four inches of snow, most of it falling during the day on Wednesday before the gradual changeover to sleet and freezing rain lifts from south to north across the area late in the day and into the overnight.

Temperatures will slowly rise late Wednesday and continue to rise Wednesday night, changing the wintry mix of any lingering snow, sleet, and freezing rain eventually to plain rain. As usual, the cold air will linger longest in the Poconos where freezing rain and some icing could last past the evening hours on Wednesday. Some light sleet and freezing rain accumulations are possible on top of the snow that falls earlier in the day before the change to rain, adding to the slippery and sloppy mess. The storm quickly departs by late Wednesday night, with most of us dry to start Thursday. However, slick travel will continue overnight, especially during the colder evening hours.

Once we get past Wednesday night, there’s little winter weather to worry about for the rest of the week. Clouds will break for sunshine on Thursday, and while it will be a breezy day, it will also be a mild one as highs soar past 50 degrees. That means that whatever falls on Wednesday will promptly start to melt the following day. Friday looks nice as well with more sunshine, less wind, and slightly cooler but still seasonable highs in the mid 40s.

Over the weekend, our next storm approaches and looks to be predominantly rain this time around, developing on Saturday and continuing through Sunday morning. Quiet weather returns early next week before our next shot of winter weather around the middle of next week.

LINKS:  HOUR BY  HOUR  |  RADAR | TRAFFIC

10 Day Forecast

  • Tuesday

    37° / 23°
    Sunny to Partly Cloudy 0%
  • Wednesday

    31° / 30°
    Snow to Wintry Mix 100%
  • Thursday

    53° / 30°
    Clouds Break for Sun; Breezy 20%
  • Friday

    45° / 26°
    Sun and a Few Clouds 0%
  • Saturday

    42° / 36°
    Rain, in the PM and at Night 40%
  • Sunday

    56° / 35°
    AM Rain; Some Sun Late 60%
  • Monday

    45° / 26°
    Times of Clouds and Sun 0%
  • Tuesday

    44° / 26°
    Sun Then Clouds 20%
  • Wednesday

    33° / 15°
    Snow or Mix; Windy 60%
  • Thursday

    27° / 16°
    Partly Sunny; Windy and Cold 0%

 69News Weather Channel Forecast

Historical Averages

High Low
Current 37°F 23°F
Average 40°F 22°F
Record 63°F February 19, 1997 0°F February 19, 1936

Live Traffic Cameras

Cameras provided by PennDOT

Interactive Radars

Regional Headlines