**WINTER STORM WARNING**

...A DESTRUCTIVE LATE SEASON SNOWSTORM WILL OCCUR ACROSS THE 
NORTHERN AND WESTERN MOUNTAINS OF PENNSYLVANIA...INCLUDING THE 
LAUREL HIGHLANDS TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING... 

.SURFACE LOW PRESSURE ORGANIZING ALONG THE SOUTHEAST U.S. COAST 
WILL MOVE NORTH ALONG THE ATLANTIC SEABOARD REACHING NEW JERSEY 
AROUND DAYBREAK MONDAY. THERE IS HIGH CONFIDENCE FOR A VERY 
HEAVY...WET...AND DESTRUCTIVE LATE SEASON SNOWFALL ACROSS THE 
NORTHERN AND WESTERN MOUNTAINS OF PENNSYLVANIA...AND PARTS OF THE 
CENTRAL MOUNTAIN REGION AS WELL. GUSTY NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS 
WILL ALSO OCCUR DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM. GIVEN THE 
ACCELERATED GREEN UP AND LEAF OUT ACROSS THE REGION...THE HEAVY 
WET SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL PRODUCE WIDESPREAD TREE DAMAGE WHICH 
WILL LEAD TO POWER OUTAGES DUE TREES AND LIMBS FALLING ONTO 
UTILITY LINES. PERSONS...ESPECIALLY THOSE IN THE WINTER STORM 
WARNING AREA...SHOULD PREPARE FOR EXTENDED POWER OUTAGES AS A 
RESULT OF THIS STORM. 

...A WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 
NOON EDT TUESDAY... 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER 
STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY WET SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM 
THIS EVENING TO NOON EDT TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO 
LONGER IN EFFECT. 

* LOCATIONS...NORTHERN AND WESTERN MOUNTAINS OF PENNSYLVANIA 
INCLUDING THE LAUREL HIGHLANDS. 

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW...ACCOMPANIED BY INCREASING NORTH TO 
NORTHWEST WINDS LATE TONIGHT AND MONDAY. 

* ACCUMULATIONS...8 TO 12 INCHES...WITH LOCALIZED AMOUNTS BETWEEN 
14 AND 18 INCHES ACROSS THE HIGHEST TERRAIN OF NORTHWEST 
PENNSYLVANIA AND PORTIONS OF THE LAUREL HIGHLANDS. 

* TIMING...LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. THE HEAVIEST 
SNOWFALL RATES OF OVER AN INCH PER HOUR AT TIMES WILL OCCUR LATE 
TONIGHT THROUGH THE MIDDAY HOURS MONDAY. 

* IMPACTS...EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS TRAVEL FROM PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW 
AND POOR VISIBILITY. THERE IS GREAT POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD 
TREE DAMAGE. THE FALLING TREES AND LIMBS WILL KNOCK DOWN UTILITY 
LINES...LIKELY CAUSING WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES...ESPECIALLY 
ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. ANY POWER OUTAGES THAT OCCUR IN 
RURAL LOCATIONS COULD BE LENGTHY. 

* WINDS...NORTH TO NORTHEAST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH 
LATE TONIGHT...BECOMING NORTH NORTHWEST AND INCREASING TO 15 TO 
25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH MONDAY. 

* TEMPERATURES...30 TO 35 DEGREES. 

* VISIBILITIES...BETWEEN ONE QUARTER AND ONE HALF OF A MILE AT TIMES.

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