The National Weather Service in State College has issued a winter weather advisory, which went into effect at 7 p.m. Wednesday and continues through 10 a.m. today.
The advisory is for Warren, McKean, Potter, Elk, Cameron, and Tioga counties and specifically mentions the cities of Warren, Bradford, Coudersport, St. Marys, Ridgway and Emporium.
Mixed precipitation is expected, with total snow accumulations of two to four inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze.
Mike Colbert, meteorologist with the State College office of the NWS, reported that the forecast for the morning’s commute includes rain and snow, but the accumulation will mostly already be on the ground.
“It should be mostly wintry mix at that point, even more so rain in Elk County, a mix in Warren and McKean counties,” Colbert explained. “The heaviest (snow) will be overnight.”
Per the advisory, travelers are advised to plan on slippery road conditions, as “the hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.”
Speaking Thursday evening, Colbert explained that Warren and McKean counties could expect up to four inches, while Elk County will most likely see around two inches of snow.
If that isn’t enough of a downer for the countdown to the weekend, a hazardous weather outlook, also issued by the NWS, shares the following for Warren, McKean, Potter, Elk and Cameron counties:
“Thursday through Tuesday: the coldest air of the season will arrive late week with wind chills expected to drop into the single digits above and below zero from early Friday morning through Saturday morning.”
Specifically for McKean County, Colbert noted that today’s low is on par with our typical winter temperatures, as the average for today is 14 degrees and the low predicted is 10 degrees. Meanwhile, Friday’s temperatures will be a very different story.
“Friday’s high will be much lower than the average. It will start off around 10 in Bradford, rise to 13 or 14 in the afternoon, well below the average of 32,” Colbert reported. “Wind chills will be below zero during the day on Friday, as well as Friday night into Saturday morning. It will be coldest around sunrise Saturday at around 5 to 10 degrees below zero.”