Weather Turns Seasonably Cold and Wet

Weather Turns Seasonably Cold and Wet

Multiple bands of snow showers moving through much of the south-central part of the state could affect driving conditions tonight.

The National Weather Service in State College issued a special weather advisory this evening for about two dozen counties, including Franklin and Cumberland. Many of the two counties’ neighbors are also on the list, including Fulton and Perry.

The advisory calls for bands of snow showers combined with wind gusts of up to 30 miles an hour to form and move southeast across the region.

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While most of the snow showers will be on the light side, a brief heavier snow shower will be possible at times. The heavier snow showers in combination with wind gusts will make for adverse travel conditions. Icy spots could form on untreated surfaces, especially bridges and ramps.

Persons traveling this evening should be prepared for a wide range of conditions.

A brief respite from the precipitation comes by daybreak, however, with sunny skies predicted for Friday. Don’t expect a return to the at times almost spring-like temperatures of the past few weeks though. Friday’s high, at 29 degrees, won’t get above freezing.

Saturday — a Day to Stay Inside

Saturday will be the day to watch and plan on staying inside and off the road if possible.

It starts early Saturday morning with a chance of snow after 4 a.m. while the overnight low is still sitting at about 19 degrees.

Snow and sleet are predicted Saturday morning and early afternoon, followed by snow possibly mixed with freezing rain as afternoon temperatures rise above freezing. The chance of precipitation is going to be 100%, with new precipitation of between a quarter and half an inch.

Saturday night will see rain, possibly mixed with snow before 7 p.m., then snow going into Sunday morning.

The good news, especially for downtown Chambersburg, is that the rest of the month will have more seasonal — cold — temperatures as the community prepares to celebrate its mid-winter IceFest festival Jan.30-Feb. 2.

Next week’s forecast calls for daytime temperatures hovering around or just above the freezing mark, with either partially sunny or partially cloudy skies.

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