Winter storm watch issued ahead of Sunday's expected snow

Harper Ho
York Dispatch

A winter storm watch has been issued for central Pennsylvania in anticipation of potentially heavy snow, high winds and frigid temperatures.

The watch is from 1 p.m. Sunday through 1 p.m. Monday and includes York, Franklin, Cumberland and Adams counties.

Some areas could see up to 7 inches of snow, ice accumulation and gust speed as high as 35 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

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"Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute," the weather service said.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission are advising motorists to avoid travel and anticipate vehicle restrictions during the storm.

Snow will begin about 5 p.m. Sunday in York County and change to a wintery mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet later that night.

The storm should stretch into the afternoon on Martin Luther King Day.

Here's the forecast from the NWS:

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 24. North wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 8. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday: Snow likely, mainly after 5pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 30. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sunday Night: Snow before 11pm, then snow, freezing rain, and sleet between 11pm and 1am, then rain after 1am. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 27. East wind 9 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

M.L.King Day: Rain, possibly mixing with snow after 10am, then gradually ending. High near 38. South wind 7 to 17 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

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