Winter storm warning issued

She’s called Winter Storm Electra, but some may be calling her by other names today, typically one of the busiest shopping days before Christmas.

Electra, which swept across the Midwest, was forecast to arrive in our area today, and when she’s done could dump an expected 5 to 8 inches of fresh snow accumulation across the region, according to the National Weather Service in State College.

Williamsport and communities along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River Valley, and those to the south, may see a little less snow, with 3 to 7 inches of accumulation expected.

The weather service issued a winter storm warning Friday, in effect from 5 a.m. today until 4 a.m. Sunday.

Light snow was expected to start falling Friday night and by daybreak snow would be accumulating.

The snow intensifies today, with a chance for the snow to switch over to a mixture of snow and sleet or sleet and freezing rain later this afternoon and tonight.

Snow should be over by 4 a.m. Sunday. Winds will start slow and increase over the hours, with gusts of up to 20 mph during the height of the storm.

It also remains colder than average for this time of year, with a high temperature reaching only 28 degrees today, and dipping to the low-20s tonight.

It’s warmer Sunday, with a slight chance of snow or flurries, and a temperature of 32, but Sunday night the low temperature is 16.

The start of the work or school week remains bitter cold outside, with a high Monday of 25 and mostly cloudy conditions. The low Monday night is forecast to be 16.

It warms up slightly Tuesday, with a high near 32 and cloudy conditions. The low Tuesday will be about 20.

Wednesday is about the same temperature and mostly cloudy conditions, with a low about 20.