More snow expected Monday
More snow is expected Monday, according to the National Weather Service. It will start snowing at around 6 a.m. while temperatures are still below freezing. NWS is predicting between 1 and 3 inches for Franklin County.
Both NWS and the Weather Channel are calling for almost 100% chance of snow in the morning, turning to rain in the afternoon. The day’s high could get up to almost 40.
Although Monday’s snow totals don’t look very impressive, there could be a band of heavy snow moving from west to east in the morning-early afternoon, NWS meteorologists said. That will mean dangerous travel with low visibility and slick roads.
NWS has pit out a winter weather advisory about the storm, telling residents to plan on slippery road conditions that could affect morning commutes.
In addition to the unimpressive 1-2 inches of snow, forecasters are calling for wind gusts of up to 35 miles an hour. Then there is that transition period when the snow turns to rain. As it warms up and outside temperatures rise to the upper 30s (without the wind chill factor), the existing snow pack will begin melting. That could mean more water on the roads, or possible flooding if the temperature gets warm enough.
NWS does warn that in some areas snow could be heavy at times. It could fall at a rate of around one inch per hour toward the end of the peak morning commute hours until around noon.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission remind motorists to adjust speeds based on driving conditions as winter weather impacts will include snow-covered roads and limited visibility.