Weekend Winter Storm May Again Spin Across Area
By Courtney Travis, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist
for The Post
STATE COLLEGE PA – Another weekend, another storm? Yes, that’s possible, State College-based AccuWeather predicted Monday (Feb. 8, 2021) for western Montgomery County and much of southeastern Pennsylvania.
“The stormy winter pattern is likely to continue through the end of this week,” it stated, “with yet another storm threatening snow and ice for the eastern half of the country.” Blame the polar vortex in part, as it delivers punishing Arctic air.
“By Friday, the center of the storm may be off the Atlantic coast, allowing for locally heavy snow across parts of the mid-Atlantic,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel explained. Unlike the storm last weekend, which fulfilled expectations to be quick-moving, this storm could be a longer-duration event that allows areas of snow and ice to build up over more than 24 hours.
“This sharp temperature gradient is likely to trigger the development of this next storm later this week,” added Samuhel, noting that the weather system will pose a host of threats including snow for points farther north.
It’s not out of the question that another dose of 6-12 inches of snow could be in store for some parts of the Northeast, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski added. (In the Philadelphia area, the accumulation was reduced Tuesday, Feb. 9, by AccuWeather to 3-6 inches.) “This is a very complex storm setup with the combination of Arctic air and moisture as well as the two waves of low pressure involved,” he said.
Storm arrival and snow potential maps from AccuWeather