Windy Today. Coastal Storm Wednesday into Early Thursday.

Well the main story is Wednesday’s storm system moving up the East Coast. Who has the best chance to see significant snow? I’d say areas from the mountains of western Virginia into eastern PA and New England have the best chance to see significant snow. Areas along the coast look to see more of a rain/mix/snow event, with a higher weight on the rain/mix part. Despite plenty of moisture, it is November and there is no strong high pressure system in the central U.S. to guide stronger cold air to the coast. That being said, if precipitation rates are heavy enough, snow could fall faster, not allowing the warm ground to melt the snow as fast before it accumulates. Still not sure about snow totals, but the storm may start a little sooner than expected, with early Wednesday morning starting the threat of precipitation in the DC Region. If you are traveling on Wednesday near the I-95 corridor between DC and Boston, I don’t suggest doing so. If you could leave Tuesday that would be great. If you need to wait until Thursday, that would also be fine. My plans are still up in the air for heading to Western PA. If you have any questions please ask. Have a great day and be safe traveling!
Current (~7-7:30am) Temperatures:
  • Erie, PA: 59; Wind Chill: 59
  • Franklin, PA: 55; Wind Chill: 50
  • New Castle, PA: 60; Wind Chill: 60
  • Butler, PA: 59; Wind Chill: 59
  • Pittsburgh, PA (KAGC): 61; Wind Chill: 61
  • Uniontown, PA: 61; Wind Chill: 61
  • State College, PA: 55; Wind Chill: 52
  • Frederick, MD: 64; Wind Chill: 64
  • BWI Airport, MD: 65; Wind Chill: 65
  • DC (KDCA): 61; Wind Chill: 61

Forecast:

Western PA:

Main threat: Windy today. Gusts up to 50 mph possible. Chance of snow across southern and eastern PA Wednesday. Western PA should stay mainly dry Wednesday, although further western shift could increase risk of snow.

  • Today: Chance of lingering showers. Highs: 60s Overnight Lows: 30s
  • Tuesday: Slight Chance of rain/snow in NW PA.  Highs: Upper 30s/40s Overnight Lows: 20s/Low30s
  • Wednesday: Chance of snow showers. Especially towards central and eastern PA. Highs: Mid to Upper 30s Overnight Lows: Mid 20s to Low 30s

DC Region:

Main threat: Wednesday brings a threat of rain, mix, and snow to the region. Snow threat increases further inland while the coast looks at more of a rain/mix/snow event. Travel impact could be major.

  • Today: Chance of lingering showers. Highs: Low to Mid 70s Overnight Lows: Mid to Upper 20s
  • Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Chance of rain during the night. Afternoon Highs: Mid to Upper 50s Overnight Lows: Mid to Upper 30s
  • Wednesday: Rain changes over to a mix/snow. Afternoon Highs: 30s Overnight Lows: Low 30s

Good News: Warm temperatures stick around today. Warmth could

Bad News: Thanksgiving Eve brings potential for major travel impacts from coastal storm.