Rain, snow could complicate Thanksgiving travel

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Nov 26, 2013 3:48 AM
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(State College) -- Thanksgiving travel could be more difficult this year, depending on the destination.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is already one of the busiest travel days of the year, but the weather could complicate driving and flying even more.

Early this morning, the National Weather Service said the lower Susquehanna Valley will get the snow that falls this morning, across much of the southern portion by 10 AM. They expect the heaviest snow to come northwest of Interstate 81.

A winter weather advisory has been issued until 9:00 p.m. today for Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Franklin, Juniata, Northumberland, Perry, Mifflin, Schuykill, Snyder and Union counties.

A winter weather advisory also covers Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties until 4 p.m.

A wintry mix of rain, freezing rain or snow across the midstate today and tomorrow is in the forecast.

With temperatures expected to be in the 20s tomorrow night, drivers could encounter slick roads.

Elise Colbert, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in State College, says rain in some part of the midstate could turn to light snow and freezing rain in others.

"I know there's some higher elevation regions along I-81 and roads like that, those areas could get slippery earlier and they could see some more measurable snow. It's really going to be a temperature dependent event, with the temperatures right on the borderline of the rain-snow equivalent," she says.

Colbert says some flurries may fall in the WITF listening area Wednesday, but it's unlikely anything will stick to the roads. 

"You might see a little bit of white stuff on grassy surfaces, but on asphalt surfaces, road surfaces, not really looking at any accumulation. Plus the rain at the end of the day would end up melting that anyway," she says.

Colbert says areas northwest of State College could see up to four inches of snow.

She notes Thanksgiving and Black Friday are expected to be sunny days, with no precipitation expected.

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