Colder Temps, For Sure; Snow Potential ‘Uncertain’

STATE COLLEGE PA – What AccuWeather forecasters call a “Saskatchewan screamer,” a storm expected to dive from the Saskatchewan province of Canada south into the United States, may bring wind gusts and very low temperatures during the weekend, and possibly snow by Monday (Jan. 17, 2022) across central and eastern Pennsylvania. The state’s western half, including Pittsburgh, might be spared.

  • How cold will it get? On Saturday (Jan. 15), forecasters said, expect low temperatures in the teens, highs in the mid-20s; on Sunday (Jan. 16), lows in the upper 20s, highs in the lower 30s; and Monday, lows in the upper 20s, highs in the upper 30s.
  • How much snow might fall? Those who are among the best at making such predictions admit they don’t yet know for sure.

“At this early stage there is still high uncertainty with the eventual track, which will be critical to the placement of the steadiest snow,” according to an e-mail alert issued Tuesday (Jan. 11, 2022) shortly after 5 p.m. by State College-based AccuWeather Inc.

There is some indication the storm’s forward speed may slow substantially while it pivots across the Southeast this weekend, according to computer models. Its deceleration might allow the storm to gain strength and pull in more moisture, which could result in a moderate or heavy wintry precipitation event.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Matt Benz said the coming “cold air could make for a wintry mess for many, regardless of the intensity” of any precipitation.

The jury is still out, AccuWeather experts noted, as to whether the storm will keep moving along at a steady eastward clip and out to sea, or instead make another turn to the north and along the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts early next week.

The eastward and out-to-sea track would limit the amount of snow and ice in the Southeast and prevent snow from spreading up the Interstate 95 corridor. A northward turn would open up the door for a major storm with a heavy swath of snow and mixed precipitation in the mid-Atlantic and New England from Sunday night into Monday.

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