1 Year Anniversary Working For Brad Frost Web

Exactly 1 year ago today, I started working for my brother, Brad Frost. It could’ve gone two ways:

1) I fall into place in the wonderful world of web design and development.

2) I crash and burn trying to figure out how to build websites.

Thankfully, I fell somewhere in between. I get the general gist of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and try to do good work, but I can sometimes crash and burn along the way to get there.

You would think transitioning from my childhood passion and eventual career of meteorology to the land of web design and development would be difficult, but it has been easier than expected. Not easy, just easier than expected. Thankfully, I get to sit beside an intelligent individual most days who is willing to help me out when I can’t find an answer online (Stack Overflow, Codepen and CSS Tricks, I thank you). I get to read articles and books by other witty web folks who are also willing to lend a helping hand. All in all, I thoroughly enjoy front end design.

What is it like to work for my brother?

It has been great. Not to say that there hasn’t been the occasional butting of heads, but it comes with the territory. I don’t have to go into work at 3am anymore and I work from home when he is out of town. We can work outside if we want and the Deli on Butler Street keeps us energized with sandwiches and Turner’s Iced Tea. I also realize how busy him and his wife, Melissa, are. Not sure how they get everything done. I’m not sure they know how they get it all done.

What projects have I worked on this past year and what am I currently doing?

1) Learned web design/development

Used codecademy, books, and tips from Brad and others to learn web design and development. My experiences with the projects I have had the opportunity to work on also really helped. I feel like getting thrown into the fire is the best way I have learned web design and development. I continue to learn everyday.

2) Death to Bullshit

deathtobullshit.com was my first actual project that I helped work on with Brad that involved CSS, HTML, and JS. It’s a website that essentially addresses what not to do when it comes to popups, advertising, and all of the other bullshit that takes the user away from the content he or she is actually there for. The site intentionally loads as a vanilla black and white page, but there is a lovely “Turn bullshit on” button that first pops up an alert making sure you want to turn it on. If you dare turn it on, the fun begins as popups and absurd bullshit populates your screen. I learned what to do when building websites by creating what not to do on websites.Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 11.54.10 PM

3) Frost Finery

My first client just so happened to be my sister-in-law, Melissa. She had started a jewelry business and needed a good looking site to market her jewelry. Brad set up the bones of the project and allowed me to do most of the lifting when it came to the rest of the development. This was my introduction to Pattern Lab (PL), which I didn’t completely understand at the time but eventually got the hang of it.  It was also my introduction to Mustache, JSON, PHP, WordPress, and Grunt. I used PL to set up the structure of the site and PHP to actually build the live site that sits there today. I learned a lot about lazy loading images as well as flexbox and grids. I also learned that SVGs can be tons of fun to work with…Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 11.55.24 PM

4) Styleguides.io

I didn’t create the site styleguides.io, but I am the one continuously adding articles, tools, podcasts, and examples relating to style guides. Brad sends me the link and I write the YAML and Markdown to include it on the site. If you are building a pattern library or style guide for your own or client’s site, this is definitely a good place to start to see examples.

5) Pattern Lab 2

Started working on redesigning the website (1st image) that the new Pattern Lab would be available on in the fall which ended up getting redesigned another time or two until we felt it was right when we launched it last month. This was my introduction to Jekyll and how it differed compared to WordPress sites. This was also my introduction to Dave Olsen and Brian Muenzenmeyer, two very intelligent web developers and brains behind the functionality of PHP and Node versions of PL2. Along with the website redesign, I also built most of the demo (second image below) of PL2 as well as a few of the starter kits that will come out at a later date I believe.Pattern Lab Website

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6) Verywell

Verywell.com started in the winter and carried into the spring. It was my first time working with a client outside of my family. Verywell is a health site by about.com based out of New York City. I had the opportunity to work with their designers and developers both remotely and in Times Square to build the site. I also had the opportunity to work with Dan Mall and Josh Clark, two cool cats who are also super friendly (pun intended for Dan’s company) and super smart with the web. I learned a lot about XML and Java as well as search engine optimization and what it takes to launch a larger site. I am thankful for the opportunity to work on Verywell.
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7) Atomic Design 

A little design work and tweaks for mainly the edits branch of Brad’s book Atomic DesignThe yellow highlight was my doing. Nothing big, but thought it should be mentioned.

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8) Hometown Business

I am currently finishing up the new website for a business back near my hometown of Oil City, PA. This is my first project building everything on my own. I am learning a lot about domain names, web hosting, and the amount of work it takes to build a site by yourself. I have also learned more recently how I should’ve used BEM CSS structure instead of SMACSS.

9) Large Company Design System

I am also currently helping to build a design system for a huge corporation. Can’t say much, but I can tell you I’ve learned a lot about thinking carefully about flexibility of components and front-end markup and CSS structure. In these early days of the project I have learned so much and am looking forward to learning more.

10) Web Design Day

I got to attend my first web design conference this year and it just so happened to be in Pittsburgh. Was a pleasure learning so much from web experts and meeting new people. Here’s what I learned.

11) Yard work, cleaning, errands, etc.

When working for your brother, you tend to get sucked into doing some grunt work. While working for Brad Frost Web, I have helped close in basement stairs, built 2 tables out of an electrical spool, rebuilt a brick patio, rebuilt a raised garden bed, planted grass seed with the help of Scott’s PatchMaster, built barriers so groundhogs couldn’t get into Brad’s yard, and other things. I also help watch Ziggy, the bulldog who gets treated like a king. The little free time we do have, we are constructive with it. I enjoy taking a break from the computer screen to get some fresh air and help out.

12) Jamming

If there is one thing a work day should end with, it is music. Yes, Brad and I played in a band together when I was 13 and we get the opportunity to after many work days. It is a good stress reliever and just a good time.

What I plan on doing this next year: 

1) Finish my current projects

2) Read more web design books and articles, because I didn’t read enough this past year

3) Redesign my website, because I know it is hard to read this without wanting to redesign this site

4) Other projects that eventually pop up on the radar.

5) Ask less questions and continue to work hard

6) Figure out what makes me most passionate about web design and development. Figure out where my place is within this field.

Thanks to all who helped make my first year making web stuff a fantastic one!

Pattern Lab 2: The Next Generation

Spread the word! Pattern Lab 2 has finally been released after 2 and a half years of progress. While working for Brad Frost I have had the privilege of working on parts of this project for a little less than a year, including building out a few of the starterkits, assisting with the patternlab.io website redesign, and the PL2 demo. I’d first like thank Brad, Dave Olsen (the PHP PL man), and Brian Muenzenmeyer (the Node PL man) for allowing me to work with them on this. Without further adieu, here is what is so hip about Pattern Lab.

What is Pattern Lab?

Pattern Lab helps you and your team build thoughtful, pattern-driven user interfaces using atomic design principles. It was originally created by Brad and Dave for PHP, but has since been transformed into Node thanks to Brian. From personal experience, it is a tool that really makes you think about what you are putting into your website instead of adding a random component or pattern here and there and really losing consistency throughout a site. Reusability is one of the great things with this system.

View All section of Pattern Lab

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Dashboard Page built with compnents from above in Pattern Lab

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What is new with Pattern Lab 2?

Lots of stuff, really. I’d say one of my favorite parts to Pattern Lab 2 is the ability to add documentation, something which has really increased in importance over the past couple years. You simply add a markdown file with the same name as the component and feel free to write whatever you want about the pattern, but I suggest the description of the pattern, explaining why you use it, and why it is important to the site/pattern library you’re creating or the client.

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Annotations also add a great way to document each pattern.

Annotations and code displayed on Dashboard Hacked page

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Other features include plugins that extend the ability of Pattern Lab, support of YAML in addition to the original JSON, and the power to use pseudo-patterns, pattern parameters, pattern states, and styleModifiers. Starter kits of tools also allow for a more comfortable experience while building your pattern library and/or website.

Finally, you can customize the skin of the actual pattern library as well as change the names of the atomic elements (i.e. atoms) to whatever works best for your company, client, or workflow.

Why use Pattern Lab?

  • It’s FREE (Hooray!)
  • It is a quick and thorough organizational tool that can help you not only build websites, but a pattern library itself.
  • You can have components living and breathing in code within minutes rather than strictly writing comps over and over.
  • It keeps your website consistent and decreases the amount of code you use with a reusability factor.
  • PL2 is more than just a pattern library, but a great starting point to creating a style guide.
  • It is customizable so one PL2 user’s site and pattern library can look totally different than another user’s site. Flexibility is key and can allow for a unique design instead of the same old website you see everyday.
  • You can contribute as you find new ways to improve Pattern Lab from your personal experience.
  • I’ve only been doing web design for about a year and I can use it efficiently. That is saying something.

Where to Download PL2?

You can download PL2 for free from the Downloads page on Pattern Lab’s website.

Lessons Learned From Web Design Day 2016

I finally got the opportunity to attend my first web design conference in my short career as a front end designer. I had been to several weather conferences as a meteorologist, so I was interested to see the difference. This was definitely different and I was not disappointed.

Web Design Day has been put on by the awesome Jason and Val head in Pittsburgh for the past 7 years. I am thankful to them for giving new web designers, like myself, the opportunity to dig into the web world in a laid back and comfortable environment. I met some good people and I learned a lot about the web community and about myself on Friday.

My main takeaways from all of the talks:

  • Communication is key to any project
  • Use empathy while communicating/expand your perspective
  • Be passionate about what you are doing
  • Patterns/Design systems have become more important
  • The web is ever changing. Find the most efficient/logical ways to design/develop

Here are my thoughts on the individual talks:

Jen Simmons

Jen Simmons started off the list of speakers with an awesome talk about designing web layouts in CSS. She discussed the evolution of layout and showed examples of how this evolution has improved and will improve. She also described how the web has become a very “block-like” form of media and how we should look at print media to shy away from this uniform look. Jen did a great job going into various tools and upcoming CSS that will help to accomplish this. One of these CSS methods was the CSS Grid Layout method, which won’t be out for a little while but reminds me of flexbox on steroids. Instead of thinking of columns like layout in the present and past, it’ll focus 2 dimensionally. This talk was explained so a web designer without a year of experience could understand. What a fantastic talk.

Sharon Steed

Going from Jen’s talk to Sharon’s talk was fitting. Jen’s talk was more technical going into actual code on how to design the web, but in a way where the audience could understand. Sharon’s talk was about talking to humans, something that is very helpful to know how to do both as a web designer/developer or as a human being. She used her personal experience to show how she realized what ingredients go into good conversation, including the biggest ingredient: empathy. Thinking of the other person in the discussion as important as thinking about how you portray your story. I learned a lot about myself and how I need to communicate better in everyday life and within the web community. After attending weather conferences in the past, this would be a great talk for those since much of that material went way over my head. A very inspirational talk, indeed.

Aaron Irizarry

Aaron spoke about the good, the bad, and the ugly about managing design teams. He tied this into project management as well. A lot of what he discussed came down to communication with teams, which was fitting after Sharon’s talk. This talk made me think about my personal experience with project managers and how communication makes a huge difference. Some of the project managers I have dealt with are very good with this while others are poor. Aaron discussed how being a design manager is a battle between sticking up for your design team’s decisions and being open to ideas from the other teams in the project. It gave someone like me who is less experienced a better understanding of what goes into good project and design team management.

Kate Daly

Kate went into detail about how to design websites using a story. It is easy as a web designer/developer to think about a website as just another project when you should think about it as a story. Story mapping allows you to find out the message you want your site to portray while also asking questions about what is motivating you to be a part of the project. Exercises include using Post-its and asking questions that would give you a better understanding on your audience and how to communicate your site’s material with your audience.

Eric Meyer

Eric went into detail about designing with the thought of the user. The Internet is not just a place that people visit, but it has become a part of their everyday lives. Eric used his own personal experience to show that you need to think of your audience while designing a site, including the minority of users that may use your site. He explained that you need erase the tunnel vision of seeing that one user and expand your spectrum into the users that will stress test your site. This along with compassion for the user will help the message of the site better communicate with the user. Definitely a very touching and a very educational talk.

Caitlin Steinert

Caitlin discussed the coalescence between her love of knitting socks and the rigors of JavaScript. She explained how CSS and HTML came to her fairly easily when she started as a designer/developer, but JavaScript posed more difficulty. It wasn’t until she wanted created a tool to measure socks for knitting when she finally found motivation to learn JavaScript. From then on, she learned more JavaScript to continue to improve her tool. This definitely hit home with me since JavaScript is one of the more difficult of the languages to work with. It also struck a nerve since I’ve talked about how getting down and dirty with coding helps you to learn, and motivation to do that also helps.

Smitha Prasadh

Smithia discussed the relationship between classical music and user experience/teamwork. She explained how her love of music has helped her with web design and how there are similarities with teamwork in orchestras and web projects. She also related classical music to web design with the fact that finding patterns in classical music is helpful like finding patterns while designing your own websites. This not only was a brilliant comparison but really spoke to me since I have been helping a little bit with Pattern Lab and saw the similarities. Like Caitlin’s talk, Smithia’s motivation made it easier for her to understand web design.

Bridget Reed

Bridget discussed her experience within the design world from when she got fired from her first design job to her current recent hiring. It was an inspirational talk about the obstacles she had to go through during her career in order to find success within the design world. Her drive and willingness to strive for success allowed her “unlucky self” to finally find a contracting job at the end. Despite her trials and tribulations, she made the talk positive, funny, and inspirational for those of us starting out in this field.

Robert Jolly

Robert explained the importance of accessibility within the web. He discussed his own personal experience of how a temporary injury increased his need of accessibility with websites. Even if we are the healthiest person right now, we won’t know if injury, disease, or a disability will impact our lives in the blink of an eye. The best idea is to incorporate accessibility in all websites to help those who need assistance at all times or just for a temporary amount of time. It is easy to overlook that sort of thing while making a website, but hearing this will definitely make me pay closer attention to accessibility with the web.

Karen McGrane

Karen discussed the difference between responsive design and adaptive design and the when to use each. Responsive design is just a manipulation of the current content on the page depending on viewport size while adaptive design uses the server to figure out the best information to deliver to the viewport size. She also described the ways that adaptive content can be served a certain design type, but that it usually isn’t necessary. It was a good talk showing that while adaptive design is nice, it rarely needs to be used. While our world dives deeper into different devices, it is good to hear how the web continues to become more flexible.

Jina Bolton

 Jina went into depth about her experience with designing a design system. As the web continues to get faster, reusability of patterns continues to grow in importance. Jina not only went into the various patterns within the Salesforce Lightning Design System but elaborated with documentation behind why they used the patterns that they did. While clients may care about the patterns that are used within the site, they are more concerned about why these patterns are used and how they may improve their business. It was great to see a breathing design system and how it functions compared to Pattern Lab which I am more familiar with.

From Weather To Web Design: 6 Month Front End Design/Development and Working With Brad Frost Anniversary

Februrary 4th marked my 6 month anniversary of working in the web design/development field. I would have waited for the 1 year anniversary, but in the web field you realize that things develop very quickly (no pun intended). February 4th also marked the anniversary of working with Brad Frost, my older brother and one of the faces of today’s web. I am forever grateful to him for giving me a chance to work in this field that I had little experience with before. Here’s the scoop with how I got here, what I have been doing, what I have coming up, and my advice for those of you new to web design/development.

How Did I Get Into Web?

I got my B.S. from Penn State University in meteorology. I graduated and got a job with MDA Information Systems in Gaithersburg, MD as an operational meteorologist, forecasting for stock traders, utility companies, and agriculture companies. I worked there for 4 years and decided my girlfriend at the time was worth marrying. I left my job, moved to Pittsburgh, and got married to my wife all within a 4 day period. I looked for meteorology or any related jobs in the field for 2 years in the Pittsburgh area prior to moving and realized 1) weather jobs in Pittsburgh are few and far between and 2) anything related to meteorology you needed a more specific degree (i.e. environmental engineering). I also went as far as taking civil service tests in case all else failed. Time was running out before the wedding and I needed something.

Enter my brother, in Germany at the time, at 2am on Facebook one night while I worked a night shift at my weather job.

Brad: “Hey. Have you found a job yet?”

Me: “I’m waiting to hear back from a few places. Hoping something comes up”

Brad: “Well you get married in like a month. I might need some help so you could possibly work with me for a bit.”

Me: “Thanks. I’ll keep that in mind in case I don’t find anything.”

The interviews I waited on or had failed in various ways. Being the type of person who would rather get bailed out by family or friends, it was tough accepting my brother’s offer, but it was an opportunity I was willing to try. I had some programming experience in Visual Basic, C++, and Fortran from high school and college and thought about going to college for computer science. But coding in the real world was frightening to think about. I had 3-months to test the waters. Something must have gone right since it is 6 months later and Brad hasn’t kicked me to the curb. The good news: I enjoy web design/development. Do I miss forecasting weather with good people? Yes. Do I miss waking up at 2:30 every weekday morning to get paid so-so in a place I didn’t want to live that was 3 and a half hours from my wife? No. Do I think there is more opportunity in web design/development? Absolutely.

What Have I Done So Far?

What do I do exactly? I basically help create websites by coding the structure, style, and functionality of what the user experiences. My brother wrote a good article about what I help do. How did I start and what have I been working on?

  1. Codecademy. I worked my way through HTML, CSS, and Javascript classes.
  2. Brad’s advice in addition to Codecademy also helped.
  3. Death to Bullshit. Brad’s brainchild of a site that has simple black text, clunky blue links, and a simple design. Turn bullshit on. I helped make that annoying content you see now. We used vanilla Javascript which is good and probably allowed this site to load quicker than most sites despite having more ads. Yes, my first website I had a hand in coding was how not to make a website look.
  4. Frost Finery. My sister-in-law needed her jewelry company’s site redesigned. This was the first project that I developed mostly on my own with some assistance, clean up work, and tips from Brad. This was also the first full-site redesign I ever did. This was my first experience using WordPress in-depth, PHP, Mustache, JSON, JQuery, and Pattern Lab. I learned a lot from this site.
  5. Pattern Lab. I’ve been in an on and off relationship with this website redesign for a little while now. I’d imagine this site will get done before the end of the year. It has allowed me to get more practice in with straight up HTML, CSS, and JQuery. Also, I got experience with writing YAML and markdown. I have also assisted with adding some features that Pattern Lab 2.0 will come out with when the new Pattern Lab tool is released.
  6. First client project that isn’t a family member. Currently working on a site for a company out of Times Square in NYC. Can’t disclose details, but I got to visit their office where it always feels like the afternoon thanks to the bright (and annoying) lights of Times Square. First project with a bigger client. First time working with their designers/developers/project managers in a team. First time working in XML and Freemarker. First time with a legitimate deadline.
  7. Brad’s personal projects. For those of you who know him, he always has something brewing. I have been helping with the design of one of his personal projects. Need to learn more about Node.js to help with more. Brad’s other personal projects include helping him reseed his lawn, redo his brick patio, build hammocks, and shovel dirt. It’s a good break away from the computer screen.

What Do I Have Planned?

I have felt like I have done a lot in 6 months and it looks like there are some potential bigger client projects ahead to help work on. Finishing the new Pattern Lab site redesign is also something that needs finished. I also really need to redesign this site.

My Advice If You Are Newer To Web Design (Like Me)

  1. Use Codecademy or some type of tutorial/class to get started in a language. I suggest starting with HTML, then moving to CSS, and then Javascript. If you are looking to get into Ruby, Python, etc., more power to you (Codecademy also has these tutorials).
  2. Read books. Read Articles. Follow Successful Web People. Reading books is good, but can be a little out of date with web design. Articles are usually more up-to-date and following smart web folks on Twitter can be helpful.
  3. Dive in. Fail. Learn. Fix. Remember. My best advice is to just dive into a project, make mistakes, learn from your mistakes, and fix these mistakes. I have learned that the more projects I do, the more I remember certain best practices. If you want to test something out, Codepen is a great place to design and develop quickly without needing a server set up.
  4. Ask questions. My brother probably hates me for asking so many questions (I hope I am getting better at this), but in all honesty it helps tremendously. From what I have seen, the web community is open about best practices and will gladly help you if you hit a snag.

If you are interested in front end design/development or have any questions feel free to contact me on Twitter. I’ll gladly help you out or point you in the right direction if you need help with something. Thanks for reading!

Winter Storm Warning/Winter Storm Advisory For Western PA

What: A wintry mess will move northward tonight into Tuesday.
Timing: Tonight into Tuesday. (Below is HRRR Model precipitation type for 8PM Tonight, 12AM Tuesday, 4AM Tuesday, and 7AM Tuesday respectively)
-Erie: I think it stays all snow in this area and that 4-8″ of snow is expected here. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more than that depending on how far the rain snow line moves north and where that heavy band sets up.
– Oil City/Mercer/Titusville: Area I am most concerned about. Will stay as snow during most of the event, but could transition over to freezing rain by the morning. I think these areas could see 4-8″ of snow with potential for locally more depending on how much warm air advection causes the rain snow line to move north. If could air wins out, I could see up to 12″ of snow in some spots within this area. Snow could be heavy at times. The further north and west you are into western PA and eastern Ohio, the more likely you’ll see higher amounts of snow.
– Butler: Start out as snow before changing over to a rain snow mix and then over to freezing rain/rain for most of the event. I think they could see 2-4″ of snow or so before it washes away. Rain will transition back over to snow before the event ends though.
-Pittsburgh and southward: Looks to start out as a rain and snow mix before changing over to rain overnight into Tuesday. Freezing rain could also cause for slick roadways. Could see maybe and inch or 2 by the end of it.
East of Pittsburgh in the mountains: More freezing rain expected than anything. Snow and rain could mix in at times though. Could see up to a 0.5″ of ice, which is very significant.
– Icy roads, especially east of Pittsburgh in the mountains and north near I-80
– Snow covered roads
– Heavy snow at times in NW PA
Risks With Forecast:
– More warm air advection could decrease snow totals from Butler County to Venango County
– Colder air could increase totals, which I think is more likely with the timing of this system overnight
What to do:
– Stay off the roads if you don’t have to be on them, mainly overnight into Tuesday morning.
– If you have to drive, take it easy. If you live in the mountains east of Pittsburgh, I suggest staying off the roads.

Winter Storm To Impact Mid-Atlantic/Southern Northeast

Final Forecast Snow Totals Through Sunday:

  • DC: 18-24″
  • Baltimore: 18-24″
  • Frederick, MD: 18-24″
  • Philly: 12-18″
  • NYC: 5-10″
  • Oil City: 0″ ‘
  • Pittsburgh: 2-5″
  • South Hills: 3-6″
  • Uniontown, PA: 8-12″

Locally heavier amounts of snow are possible, especially near DC/Baltimore.

Risks With Forecast:

  • Generally conservative with my forecasts
  • Slow moving storm = higher snow amounts are possible.

Main Threats:

  • Heavy snow Friday afternoon through Saturday
  • Wind gusts up to 60mph possible near DC/Baltimore/NYC
  • Power outages possible with heavy snow and wind, especially near DC/Baltimore/NYC

Best Way To Go About Dealing With This Storm:

  • Stay the hell home if you are in DC/MD/Northern VA/Philly. Don’t go out and try to drive in the snow.
  • In DC/Northern MD/Philly, have some sort of heat source that isn’t run on electricity
  • Make sure you have plenty of food to eat.
  • BE SAFE!


Summary of Next 3 Days and Thoughts on Friday/Saturday Winter Storm

Thoughts on Storm Friday:

  • Winter storm likely to occur on Friday/Saturday. Rain to impact SE while significant snow/mix is possible in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast
  • Still too early to tell the exact track of the system. Start to narrow margin of error and potentially get into specifics on Wednesday.
  • Latest models have recently been shifting the system southward. However, some models still keep southern PA in a significant band of snow.
  • Recent cold air will help snow to stick in areas that are near the rain snow line where the heaviest snow will likely fall.
  • DC/Philly/NYC are currently in a good zone for getting significant snow, but like I said, models are still shifting the track of the storm.
  • I’ll try to keep you updated with my thoughts. Be aware of this and plan accordingly.

3 Day Forecasts:

Western PA:

Today is obviously a cold day in western PA as mostly cloudy skies stick around and some flurries may fly around at times during the day. NW PA (Erie, Crawford, Warren, McKean Counties) remains under a lake effect snow warning until Tuesday morning as 3-6″ of additional snowfall is expected with potential for higher amounts in localized areas. Tuesday will bring partly sunny skies to SW PA while NW PA looks at a chance of snow showers and mostly cloudy skies. Wednesday looks to keep a chance of accumulating snow showers to western PA. Up to a few inches could fall in most locations in western PA. Highs will only reach into the upper single digits to low 10s today before highs bump up into the low to mid 10s on Tuesday and mid 10s to low 20s on Wednesday. Lows will drop into the mid single digits tonight before mid to upper single digits move in on Tuesday night and mid 10s roll in on Wednesday night.

DC Region: 

Dry conditions will hold across the DC Region through Tuesday as partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies are expected. Wednesday will see an increase in clouds and a chance of some light snow during the evening. Afternoon highs will rise into the low to mid 20s today before mid 20s move in on Tuesday and low to mid 30s roll in on Wednesday. Lows will drop into the low to mid 10s tonight before mid to upper 10s move in on Tuesday night and mid to upper 20s track in on Wednesday night.

Have a fantastic weekend folks!

Summary of the Weekend Weather in Western PA and DC Region

Western PA:

Looking like mostly cloudy skies will persist throughout the day today before a threat of rain moves in during the night before changing over to snow by Saturday morning. A chance of snow will persist into Saturday, mainly early. Sunday will see a chance of snow move back into the region. Highs will rise into the mid to upper 40s today before temperatures decline into the 30s by the afternoon on Saturday. Mid to upper 20s are expected on Sunday. Lows will drop into the mid 30s tonight before low to mid 20s move in on Saturday night and low to mid 10s settle in on Sunday night.

DC Region: 

Rain will move into the region later tonight before partly cloudy skies move in on Saturday. Clouds will increase on Sunday. Highs will rise into the low to mid 50s today before low to mid 50s settle in on Saturday and mid to upper 30s on Sunday. Lows will drop into the low 40s tonight before low to mid 30s move in on Saturday night and low to mid 20s roll in on Sunday night.

Have a fantastic weekend folks!

Bitterly Cold, But Dry. Warming Up A Bit Into the End of the Week.


Western PA:

Main threat:  Cold today and tonight. Wind chills in the single digits.

  • Today: Mostly sunny. Highs: Mid to Upper 20s Overnight Lows: Low to Mid 10s
  • Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs: Mid 30s to Low 40s Overnight Lows: Upper 10s to Mid 20s
  • Thursday: Increasing clouds. Highs: Mid to Upper 40s Overnight Lows: Low to Mid 30s

DC Region: 

Main threat: Frigid mainly tonight.

  • Today: Mostly sunny. Highs: Low to Mid 30s Overnight Lows: Upper 10s/Low 20s
  • Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs: Upper 30s/Low 40s Overnight Lows: Upper 20s/Low 30s
  • Thursday: Chance of spotty showers. Highs: Low to Mid 40s Overnight Lows: Upper 30s/Low 40s

Good News: Freezing temperatures start to loosen their grip into the end of the week.

Bad News: Rain and snow move into western PA late this week into the weekend. Rain chance continues into this weekend for DC.

Cooling Down. Snow For The New Year in Northwest PA. DC Dries Out After Today.


Western PA:

Main threat:  Areas in NW PA could see some snow accumulations on roads New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Nothing too significant though.

  • Today: Chance of showers, mainly later today. Highs: 40s. Near 50 in SW PA Overnight Lows: Upper 20s to Mid 30s
  • New Year’s Eve: Chance of lake-effect snow in NW PA. Flurries possible elsewhere. Highs: 30s Overnight Lows: 20s.
  • New Year’s Day: Chance of lake-effect snow. Light accumulations mainly in NW PA.  Highs: Low to Mid 30s Overnight Lows: Low 20s

DC Region: 

Main threat: Wet roads possible today.

  • Today: Cloudy. Showers likely. Highs: Mid to Upper 50s Overnight Lows: Mid to Upper 40s
  • New Year’s Eve: Partly sunny. Highs: Low to Mid 50s Overnight Lows: Mid 30s to Low 40s
  • New Year’s Day: Partly sunny.  Highs: Mid 40s to Low 50s Overnight Lows: Low to Mid 30s

Good News: For those of you winter lovers you get another taste of winter over the next several days. Conditions look to stay seasonal to above normal through the middle of January.

Bad News: Cooler conditions could cause more people to get sick.