Relentless Wintry Mix To Bombard Western MontCo, PA

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist
for The Post

STATE COLLEGE PA – One of the busiest winter weather patterns in decades will continue to bombard southeastern Pennsylvania and much of the nation well into next week, AccuWeather meteorologists warned Thursday (Feb. 11, 2021). Several weather systems are lining up with the potential to bring more snow and ice, with accompanying rain, to western Montgomery County.

Winter storms could arrive every two to three days amid the tumultuous pattern, which is due in part to a major buckling of the jet stream. Be prepared for snow and, briefly, sleet daily Sunday through Tuesday (Feb. 14-16), and again Thursday and Friday (Feb. 18-19), forecasters said. The chance of precipitation appears to be high, but accumulations won’t be what’s been experienced locally during the previous week.

The biggest dangers during the two periods are slippery roads and the possibility of traffic disruptions.

The first storm to hit locally will sweep east and then is expected to push northward up the Eastern Seaboard toward Pennsylvania. “The snow portion of the precipitation on the nuisance end of the spectrum,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist John Feerick said. “But even a light amount of snow and a thin coating of ice can lead to dangerous travel conditions.”

AccuWeather, headquartered in State College, predicts a radius encompassing the county’s western half will witness Saturday daytime temperatures of between only 25 and 27 degrees. Saturday winds are anticipated to be light, between only 4 and 6 miles an hour and somewhat lessening the wind chill. The storm is due to arrive locally at about 7 p.m. (at top), and continue Sunday through 6 a.m. or later.

Another break: the snow in this swath will be light and fluffy, due to the Arctic air in place. Be forewarned, though, AccuWeather indicated. This type of snow can be highly subject to blowing and drifting in a mere breeze amid frigid conditions.

Map graphic supplied by AccuWeather