Early morning forecast Wednesday, December 16, 2020


A winter storm warning is in effect for the entire region for midday Wednesday into Wednesday night. This is the first such warning we’ve had in almost two years.

When you wake up Wednesday, not much will be going on. Snow will start to develop near the Maryland border by the mid-morning. This snow will reach Route 22 by lunch and then to I-80 early in the afternoon. This snow will become heavy Wednesday afternoon into the middle of the night. At times, the snow could accumulate around a couple inches an hour. This is just too much for road crews to keep up so please have patience, and if possible, stay off the roads to make room for the crews and emergency services. The storm will wrap up early Thursday morning but there is going to be a lot to clean up. Total accumulations will be 12-18” in the counties along I-99 and to the east with 9-12” in most areas just north and west. Some places well north of I-80 and west of Route 219 will get 6-9”. No matter the exact amount, this is going to make roads dangerous, some will be impassable for a time. Temperatures Wednesday will hold in the 20s.

The significant snow will be gone by Thursday morning. Behind this system, the rest of Thursday will be blustery with clouds, some sunshine along with scattered flurries and snow showers. Highs Thursday will be in the lower to middle 30s. Some flurries still can’t be ruled out early Friday then the rest of Friday will be cold with clouds and sunshine. Highs will be in the 30s. Saturday through Monday will be seasonably cold with clouds and sunshine. The chill will ease, and highs will be near to above 40 by Monday.

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