NWS: Rain, snow, wind hit the city and region
Rain, snow and strong winds will hit this morning and are expected to continue throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service in State College.
Depending on the region, the snow could be several inches to a dusting, according to Craig Evanego, a meteorologist with the forecasting service.
In Williamsport, the worst will be the wind — with gusts up to 50 miles per hour, leading to the possibility of sporadic power outages, he said.
The city should see rain transfer over to a wet snow and perhaps a dusting on the grass, but it will be winds that likely will be the story.
In the Norther Tier counties of Potter, Tioga, Bradford and Sullivan, wind along with snow will be the story of the day.
The Northern Tier counties could see accumulations of between 4 and 8 inches depending on the elevation, Evanego said.
“Those people will see a significant winter storm,” he said of people in Mansfield, Wellsboro, Towanda and Laporte.
West of Williamsport in Jersey Shore and Lock Haven, residents can expect similar conditions to that of Williamsport. But in the higher elevations, there might be 1 to 3 inches on the hilltops and mountains, he said.
The same may happen in areas of eastern Lycoming County, which could see 1 to 3 inches in areas of Unityville, Lairdsville and parts of the Hughesville-Muncy areas, he said.
Farther south toward Milton and Lewisburg, the rain will transfer to a wet snow that will either melt or lay on the ground in a dusting, he said.
The state Department of Transportation has warned drivers to be careful today and tonight as they go home from work or head out.
With heavy rain turning to heavy snow and strong winds forecast, motorists in north central Pennsylvania are advised of the potential for localized flooding and blizzard conditions, particularly in the Northern Tier, said David Thompson, a PennDOT spokesman.
PennDOT crews are fully staffed and will be treating roads for the duration of the winter event. However, with heavy snowfall rates, some roads, particularly secondary roads, may be snow-covered and icy, he said.
Motorists may encounter slippery conditions and reduced visibility due to these blizzard-like conditions. PennDOT reminds motorists to slow down and drive according to winter conditions, Thompson said.
Motorists should pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should consider special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.
As March continues, the prior month was remarkable in terms of warmth, according to Evanego.
It was the sixth warmest on record, he said.
Temperatures were 5 1/2 degrees above normal for the month.
As for the weekend, Saturday should be windy in Williamsport with gusts of up to 30 miles per hour. It is expected to be fairly mild with highs of 40 degrees. Sunday should be clear and sunny with a high in the mid-40s.
The first three days of the work and school week indicate nice conditions in the low-40s, with some chance of rain mixed with snow Tuesday and Wednesday, he said.