Winter Storm December 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Meteorologists are watching a low pressure system with the potential to bring a major winter storm with blizzard conditions next week to the mid-Atlantic, including the Lehigh Valley.
But don’t go altering travel plans just yet, because it also could just blow out to sea.
AccuWeather, a private forecasting company in State College, says there are indications the jet stream next week could form into an upward loop, similar to a an upside “U” or the Greek letter omega, and drop an “atmospheric bomb” on the mid-Atlantic.
AccuWeather.com’s expert senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski says the system could bring “a foot or more of wind swept snow, travel mayhem, power outages and the whole nine yards with a storm hugging the coast. Or, he says, it could just turn into “another non-event with the storm heading out to sea.”
Forecasters are expecting a slushy accumulation Tuesday. The snow, expected to amount to 1 to 2 inches, should start between midnight and 4 a.m. and end during the afternoon, said Mike Pigott of AccuWeather near State College.
But it’s not likely to stick around.
“A lot of it will actually melt on the roadways, but there could be a slushy coating,” Pigott said.
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