Erie, Pennsylvania is under a winter storm warning with snowfall and gusty winds forecast
More snow is likely in the Northeast before the weekend
Accumulated snow could fall in the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic over the weekend, disrupting travel and prompting residents to get out their snow shovels again.
Erie County’s snowiest start to the season in late December and first half of January could be a thing of the past by Sunday if the forecast holds.
The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a winter storm warning for Erie County effective Friday at 1 a.m. until Sunday at 4 a.m. A warning was also issued in Ashtabula County, Ohio, and warnings were in place in Crawford, Warren, Venango and Mercer. and forest counties, but Erie County is where the largest snowfall totals are expected.
How much snow will Erie County get?
The Weather Service warning calls for widespread snowfall late Thursday and Friday morning, transitioning to lake-like snow Friday afternoon into Saturday evening. Total accumulations will likely reach 8 inches to 13 inches, and wind gusts will reach 30 mph. Travel can be difficult.
Erie County expects an inch or two of new snow Thursday, especially before 3 p.m., and an additional inch or two Thursday night, mainly after 11 p.m.
Things could get better on Friday. Snow is expected to fall before noon, followed by snow showers and increasing northerly winds. New snow accumulation of 3 inches to 5 inches is possible.
An additional inch to 2 inches is possible Friday night.
There is an 80% chance of snow on Saturday, with up to 3 inches of snow expected. Snow showers are possible Saturday night as well, especially before 1 a.m
Erie County could double its snowfall total since Dec. 1 by Sunday morning. Only 7.6 inches have fallen since Jan. 1, or 10.8 inches below the average through Jan. 16, according to weather service data. It has fallen just 9 inches since Dec. 1, or 35.7 inches below average.
How much snow will Crawford County get?
Crawford County is under a winter weather advisory from Friday at 1 a.m. until Sunday at 4 a.m
The weather service is calling for 4 inches to 8 inches of snow through Friday night with additional lake snow on Saturday. The largest accumulation should be Friday, with 2 to 4 inches expected. An additional 1 to 3 inches is possible on Saturday.
What’s the snow forecast for the rest of northwest Pennsylvania?
Winter weather advisories are in place throughout northwest Pennsylvania.
In Warren County, the warning runs from Friday at 1 a.m. through Saturday at 1 a.m. Total snow accumulation is expected to range from 2 inches to 4 inches.
The advisory is offered Friday at 1 a.m. through Saturday at 10 a.m. for Venango, Mercer and Forest counties. The Pittsburgh Weather Service is calling for 3 to 5 inches across the area.
The Cleveland Weather Service has a winter storm warning in place for Ashtabula County, Ohio, from Friday at 1 a.m. until Saturday at 10 p.m. Total snow accumulations of 7 inches to 11 inches and wind gusts up to 30 mph are possible.
“We’re officially in a snow globe.” Weather Channel meteorologist Jordan Steele in WNY due to the blizzard
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