Heavy Snow and Plunging Temperatures This Presidents Day Weekend

Saturday Snow: Region transitions from near-record warmth to a winter storm watch

Light to moderate accumulations are expected along the entire Interstate 95 corridor from Washington D.C.to Boston. These are the first effects of a slow-moving cold front. This is not the big storm, rather just an appetizer.

In addition to wrapping your pipes, we encourage all to keep an eye on our Webcam page, as this is a much easy (and warmer) way to watch for changing weather and traffic conditions.

The National Weather Service has a new WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY up from 8 pm Thursday to 5 am Saturday for central and north central Montana. This includes portions of the New York City area, Newark, Hartford, Providence and Worcester.

An active period of weather is ahead with rain and wind, then the chance for lowland snow, all to be followed by the coldest air of the winter thus far. The National Weather Service says travel may be hard with the possibility of significant reductions in visibility.

Despite the wind, temperatures will be quite mild for mid-February, with highs reaching the mid-50s Saturday afternoon under a mostly sunny sky. This could lead to slick bridges, overpasses and untreated roads.

The main impact of the storm should be from 10 pm Saturday night through 5 am Sunday morning with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour possible from about 1 am to 4 am. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

As of shortly before noon on Saturday, forecasters were expecting the Harrisburg region to receive 3 to 6 inches of snow. The snow will have a wet consistency, especially at the coast, with temperatures hovering in the lower 30s.

It will be mainly rain across southern and eastern Virginia.

The wind brought down trees and took out power across the region.

A stronger pacific storm is coming Saturday afternoon through Monday morning.

Temperatures will quickly climb above freezing on Sunday allowing for rapid melting.

The track of the storm this weekend would bring the heaviest snow amounts to the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos, with amounts decreasing as you move south. Areas well north and west of Richmond have the potential for a coating to under an inch of snow and sleet before the switch to rain. The mountains during this time frame could pick up 1-3 feet of snow, with the heavier amounts being found in the mountains of northwest Montana.

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