Weather Service Expects Heavy Snow in Western MontCo
MOUNT HOLLY NJ – A winter storm warning that predicts western Montgomery County will receive from 4-6 inches of snow, accompanied by winds gusting as high as 45 miles per hour, was issued Saturday (March 12, 2022) at 6 a.m. by the National Weather Service at Mount Holly. The warning remains in effect until 7 p.m., but the weather service said high winds could last until Sunday (March 13) at 1 a.m.
As they occasionally do, weather service forecasters singled out the river-town boroughs of Pottstown (Schuylkill River) and Collegeville (Perkiomen Creek) as municipalities where the storm might hit hardest.
Local “travel could be very difficult,” it said, due to “blizzard-like conditions” created by “increasing winds combined with heavy snow” that are likely late Saturday morning and early afternoon. “Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches,” it added.
The weather service strongly advised against traveling. “If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency,” it suggested.
The longer-lived wind advisory claimed northwest winds could blow steadily across the county’s western half from 20-30 mph, and during the period through early Sunday might occasionally rise to 50 mph. “There may be a lull (Saturday) evening before winds increase once again,” it added. It urged area residents to remove or fasten unsecured objects.
“A few power outages may result” if tree limbs are blown down, the weather service noted. Drivers should “use extra caution … especially if operating a high-profile vehicle,” it said.
Weather graphics provided by State College-based AccuWeather Inc.