Weather Service Predicts 2-4″ Snow, Wind Gusts to 40
POTTSTOWN PA – A winter weather advisory, warning of snow accumulations within western Montgomery County of between 2 and 4 inches, takes effect Friday (tonight, Jan. 28, 2022) beginning at 7 p.m. and continues through Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., according to an alert issued from the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly NJ.
Forecasters believe below freezing temperatures will keep the snow light and fluffy. However, accompanying winds projected by the weather service to gust up to 40 miles per hour (at top) could prove to be a bigger headache. They could cause the snow to drift and impair drivers’ sight distances, and also may bring down trees and power lines.
The river municipalities of Collegeville and Pottstown also were specifically mentioned in the alert. Snow (above) began falling lightly in the Pottstown area Friday at about 5 a.m. Only a coating had accumulated 90 minutes later on paved surfaces. By that time, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation trucks were already spreading salt to prevent freezing.
“Accumulating snow is expected to begin Friday, becoming heavier Friday night through Saturday morning. Snow will diminish early Saturday afternoon,” the notice said.
“Plan on slippery road conditions,” the weather service recommended. “Slow down and use caution while traveling,” the weather service urged.
“Everything is on the table with this storm,” Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno of AccuWeather Inc. in State College PA said Thursday (Jan. 27). A fresh injection of cold air will arrive ahead of the storm, he added, which developed near eastern North Carolina. The storm will then rapidly intensify while it moves northward along or just off the East Coast into the weekend.
“Any wet and slushy areas created by the storm in the mid-Atlantic … could freeze on Saturday night and Sunday night,” AccuWeather cautioned.
Map graphics provided by AccuWeather Inc., State College PA