Izzy to drop snow, ice


A major winter storm named Izzy could bring a mess of snow, ice and wind to South Central Pennsylvania over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

Franklin. Fulton, Perry, Cumberland and Adams Counties are all under a winter weather advisory in effect from 1 p.m. Sunday through 1 p.m. Monday. Snowfall rates of over one inch per hour are possible Sunday evening. Travel could be very difficult and gusty winds could bring down tree branches, according to the National Weather Service.

Named Winter Storm Izzy by The Weather Channel, this sprawling storm will produce major travel headaches. It is expected to affect a broad swath of the country, from North Dakota down to northern Georgia and up to Maine.

Izzy has already produced snowfall in the Northern Plains and upper Midwest. Cold air and an active jet stream plunged southward across the eastern two-thirds of the nation today; setting the stage for the storm to take a U-shaped track from the Northern Plains to New England.

The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings, winter storm watches and winter weather advisories along Izzy’s future path from parts of the Midwest to the South, Appalachians and interior Northeast. These areas are where driving will be dangerous. PennDOT has issued its own travel advisory. Read about that here.

What to expect here

A mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain expected across most of South-Central Pennsylvania. Snow will start falling Sunday night, turning to sleet and ice at times, NWS meteorologists said.

Snow will reach the Maryland border by early afternoon and near the New York border by late afternoon or early evening.

Chambersburg will see between 3-6 inches of snow topped by a glaze of ice (about 1/10th of an inch). Areas on the western side of the county along the Tuscarora Mountains could get more.

It is best to stay off the roads if possible, during major winter storms. But if you can’t, the PennDOT story contains important information and road safety tips to follow when the roads are slick during winter storms like Izzy.