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UPDATE: Wintry mess here with more snow, possibly less ice
Updated: Sunday, December 8 2013, 02:18 PM EST
Reported by Meteorologist Nate Wardle:
UPDATE: The snow started earlier than expected in many locations close to the Mason-Dixon line, and that has led to some higher amounts than expected.
In fact, for places like southern Franklin, Adams, York and Lancaster Counties, it would not be surprising to see some snow totals around 4 inches or possibly even higher in locations.
Places further north are still in the 1 - 3 range, although once again some spots could certainly see more.
There is still an expected change over to snow tonight. However, the concern is the entire area is in the mid-20s right now. Because of that, we could see the snow last later in the day, possibly as late as 8 or 9 p.m. Then everything changes to freezing rain, and with the colder temperatures, the freezing rain could last well into the morning hours, possibly as late as 8 or 9 a.m.
The moisture is not as intense for late tonight and tomorrow, so we are looking only at between .1 to .25 inches of freezing rain, but as that accumulates as ice, it will create a dangerous situation.
There have been many accidents already today, if you do not need to drive, stay home!
After Fridays rain, Saturday has been a nice day with a lot of sun. But all eyes are now on Sunday.
We will start things off with clear skies, which will help keep our temperatures below freezing. But the clouds quickly approach from the south as we move through the morning hours.
By the time the Dolphins vs. Steelers kicks off on CBS 21, radar will likely show the snow starting to move our direction. But with cold air in place, it will take a few hours before that snow starts actually falling. So we are looking at a mid-afternoon start to the snow.
From there, the snow will be light, accumulating around an inch to an inch and a half in most locations. Places further south and east of the Susquehanna River will likely see lower amounts, and places north and west will likely see slightly higher numbers, but overall between half an inch to 3 inches for everyone.
From there, we could see a brief period of sleet before warm air builds in in the upper atmosphere and everything changes to freezing rain. At this point, the freezing rain could last as long as 10-12 hours into right around sunrise on Monday.
With this long duration of freezing rain, we could see a quarter of an inch of ice in locations, particularly west of the Susquehanna River. That is why the National Weather Service has put out a Winter Storm Watch, not for snow but for ice.
This will likely lead to a slippery commute on Monday morning, so please be sure to plan ahead. In addition, the accumulation of ice could lead to downed power lines and trees. Power outages could be a problem with this storm.
We will be here with you tracking the storm each step of the way, so tune in on CW 15 at 10 p.m. on Saturday (we do not have a 6 p.m. or 11 p.m. newscast) and at 6, 10 and 11 on Sunday. We will also continue to post to both our website, Facebook and twitter.