Wintry weather to make early appearance

October 28, 2011 10:35:21 AM PDT
Winter is set to arrive in parts of our area before Halloween.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch as a storm system is expected to bring sometimes heavy snow to central and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Between six and 10 inches of snow could fall in higher elevations, including the Laurel Highlands and the Pocono Mountains. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh may get a coating.

Forecasters warn that the heavy, early snow could bring down tree limbs that are still covered in leaves.

Snow is expected to begin falling late Friday in western Pennsylvania and move out of eastern Pennsylvania by Saturday night.

Nick Martino of PennDOT says they will be ready for whatever arrives.

"We have 100,000 tons of salt on the ground. We'll be able to mobilize our trucks and put them into position, make sure we're treating the roads right away," Martino said.

Power companies like PPL are also keeping a close eye on the storm.

"It can be a troublesome forecast because, at this time of year, trees can naturally shed their weaker limbs. You add in an accumulation of wet, heavy snow and we could have downed power lines from the tree limbs. We're just hoping it's not widespread," said PPL spokesman Michael Wood.

Fall snow possible in parts of NJ

Parts of New Jersey could get a taste of winter in the form of snow this weekend.

A winter storm watch is in effect Saturday for Sussex, Warren, Morris and western Passaic counties.

The National Weather Service says 6 to 10 inches of snow are possible beginning at daybreak and tapering off by Saturday night.

Temperatures in the Garden State's higher elevations are expected to be in the low to mid 30s.

Motorists should expect slippery travel.

Trees which still have leaves could be vulnerable to damage and that could pose a threat to power lines.

Delaware braces for possible nor'easter

The National Weather Service is warning Delaware residents to brace for a nor'easter that's forecast to bring rain and possibly even some snow to parts of the state Saturday.

Gary Szatkowski, a spokesman for the weather service, told The News Journal that the state should be on lookout and certainly bring plants inside before the bad weather arrives.

From Wilmington to Dover, forecasters predict a 90 percent chance of rain before 5 p.m. Saturday with snow likely after that, with up to an inch possible. Forecasters say wind gusts of up to 23 mph are possible.

Forecasters say Georgetown and communities along the coast also face rain with a 60 percent chance of snow Saturday evening.

The forecast puts parts of Delaware under a coastal flood advisory, mostly on Friday.


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