Saturday, December 15, 2012

December 16th, 2012 Forecast

The first in a series of waves of low pressure will arrive late tonight. Most areas will see drizzle and light rain develop and temperatures should be above freezing in most places by the time it begins to precipitate. In the Poconos, the air temperatures will be cold enough initially for a mixture of snow and sleet, followed by freezing rain. The air temperatures in the Poconos should rise above freezing on Sunday Morning, likely by 10 AM. Even a trace of ice can make for hazardous driving conditions and some slick spots leading to accidents are a possibility in the Poconos.

Periods of rain are likely on Sunday and Monday. Sunday Night into Monday Morning could also feature areas of dense fog with some drizzle when there is a lack of steadier rain. The heaviest and most organized area of rain will likely arrive on Monday Night into Tuesday Morning, before exiting the area. Clearing skies are expected Tuesday Night, followed by a dry day on Wednesday.

Another storm system should arrive Thursday Night into Friday with another shot of rain with temperatures possibly being cold enough for freezing rain in the Poconos and perhaps portions of the Lehigh Valley. As this system departs, the pressure gradient is expected to tighten tremendously for Saturday. This could create lake effect snow showers/flurries and strong wind gusts in our area.