A powerful winter storm is making its way across the midwest today (1/18/2019) and will make its way into our region early evening Saturday.
Looking below at the infrared Satellite image you can see our storm beginning to develop, it will follow the general track of the arrow before it exits Sunday afternoon.
Early Saturday Evening between 4-6pm
Sunday Morning/Early afternoon between 10am-12pm
Due to this storm Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has issued an "Emergency Declaration". A commercial vehicle ban will be in place on all interstates between noon Saturday to noon Sunday, including the Penna. Turnpike with the exception of I-95. The ban will also be imposed on US Route 22 in the Lehigh Valley as well as PA Route 33 in Northampton and Monroe Counties.
- Winds: Winds will be gusty during the storm, at times approaching 35mph wind gusts. This will cause near zero visibility and the potential for down tree limbs/power lines.
- Icing: While we are confident the rain/snow line will remain south of our region, the potential for freezing rain/sleet MAY be an issue especially in the far eastern counties (IE Pike and Monroe). With this potential threat along with strong winds the possibility for power outages and downed trees is even more a concern.
- Travel: This system has potential to cause significant issues on all roadways not just the interstates. During the storm there will be times where snowfall rates will be near or over 1" per hour. If you don't have to go out, don't. It's simple. Allow the road crews time to do their jobs and please not risk our first responders lives.