*WINTER STORM WARNING*

…FIRST WINTER STORM OF THIS SEASON TAKING SHAPE…

.A STORM SYSTEM DEVELOPING OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN U.S. TODAY WILL CONTINUE TO DEEPEN AND HEAD UP THE EAST COAST TONIGHT AND SATURDAY. THIS WILL BRING A WIDESPREAD HEAVY WET…POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WET SNOW TO THE REGION STARTING OVERNIGHT AND LASTING THROUGH THE DAY SATURDAY. STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE EXPECTED…WITH LOCALLY HEAVIER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE ESPECIALLY OVER SOME OF THE REGION`S HIGHER ELEVATIONS. IN ADDITION TO VERY HAZARDOUS TRAVEL…THE HEAVY WET SNOW WILL LIKELY WEIGH DOWN TREES WHICH STILL HAVE LEAVES ON THEM…LEADING TO DOWNED TREES AND POWER OUTAGES.

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 10 PM EDT SATURDAY…

Adams Bedford Blair Cambria Clearfield Columbia Cumberland Dauphin Franklin Fulton Huntingdon Juniata Lancaster Lebanon Mifflin Montour Northern Centre Northern Clinton Northern Lycoming Northumberland Perry Schuylkill Snyder Somerset Southern Centre Southern Clinton Southern Lycoming Sullivan Tioga Union York

* LOCATIONS…MOST OF CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA

* HAZARD TYPES…HEAVY WET SNOW…MAY BE MIXED WITH RAIN AT THE ONSET.

* ACCUMULATIONS…4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW.

* TIMING…SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT IN THE LAUREL HIGHLANDS… SPREADING OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE WARNING AREA OVERNIGHT AND INTO SATURDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS…THE HEAVY WET SNOW WILL CREATE SLIPPERY TRAVEL CONDITIONS. IN ADDITION WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES WILL BE POSSIBLE AS THE SNOW WEIGHS HEAVILY ON TREES WHICH MAY STILL HAVE MOST OF THEIR LEAVES.

* WINDS…NORTH 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE LOWER 30S.

* VISIBILITIES…REDUCED TO WELL UNDER A MILE AT TIMES.


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