Mike Linden's Forecast | Leaning in favor of a White Christmas for NEPA
The holiday weekend is nearly upon us and it is bound to show us all kinds of active weather and temperatures. Friday evening won't look pretty (as has the afternoon) as overcast skies remain and rain (heavy at times) moves into NEPA. This round of rain won't spare anyone as almost all of PA is bound to get soaked. Most spots will likely pick up anywhere from 0.5" to near an inch of rain throughout Friday evening and through Saturday. If you have plans to travel for the holiday weekend, give yourself some extra time to get going.
Behind the wet weather, cold air lurks into the region and begins the switch from rain to wintry mix to snow. The snow won't come until much later in the afternoon/evening, so again, keep this in mind if you're travelling on Christmas Eve. As far as snow totals and locations, while still a few days out, I'm leaning in favor of 1-2" for the Northern counties in NEPA. The cut-off looks to be Monroe County and the Poconos where I'd expect a bit more snow, around the 3-4" mark (some spots maybe even closer to 5" in the uppermost elevations). As long as it's cold enough (which seems likely) this will mean a White Christmas for (most of) NEPA! The rest of the region is looking at a coating to an inch or so (higher totals over Western PA if you're heading that way).
We may add to the totals into the early afternoon of Christmas with possibly another inch or so but I'm leaning more toward the snow arriving into Sunday evening and into Monday morning...watch this space.
While a White Christmas will be nice (and the first for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since 2012) it will not feel warm and cuddly for the rest of the week. Arctic air will filter in behind the snow and take daytime highs back into the mid to low 20s for the remainder of 2017. This means wind chill in the teens if not single digits, especially overnight.
Have a wonderful, safe, cheerful and merry weekend!
- Chief Meteorologist Mike Linden