Storm to bring 12 to 15 inches of snow in midstate

Written by Marie Cusick | Mar 13, 2017 2:05 PM

FILE: People dig out on Church Street in Lebanon after a January 2016 snowstorm (Photo: Jeremy Long, Lebanon Daily News)

(Harrisburg)-- Governor Tom Wolf  signed an emergency disaster proclamation and imposed travel restrictions ahead of a major winter storm expected to dump snow across the Northeast.

Snow will begin falling this evening, and go through tomorrow.  David Martin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College, says the midstate should expect 12 to 15 inches.

"Snow will start mid to late evening," he says. "It will become heavy overnight into tomorrow morning. It will continue into the early afternoon hours Tuesday, before tapering off into lighter stuff later in the day." 

Martin says areas north of Harrisburg and up into the Poconos could get up to a foot and a half.

The Governor's emergency proclamation means that starting at 10pm Monday night, there will be restricted speed limits on some interstates (read full announcement here). State officials are asking people to avoid unnecessary travel.

On Wednesday, winds could gust up to 30 miles per hour, which could blow snow back onto roads that may have already been cleared. Martin says temperatures will likely climb back up to the normal 40-degree range later in the week.

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