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January 11, 2011

Valley could get 3 to 6 inches of snow

SUNBURY — The Nor’easter that is expected to drop up to a foot of snow on cities along the East Coast tonight and Wednesday morning will cover the Valley with its first significant snow of the winter — 3 to 6 inches starting slowly at about 4 p.m. today, a meteorologist said.

“This is the same storm that brought a mix of snow, ice and rain to the southeast earlier this week,” said Brian Edwards, of AccuWeather, State College. “Now it’s moving rapidly up the coast, a classic coastal pattern.”

The Valley has up to now escaped most of the worst winter storms in the East. The December snow amount, measured in Selinsgrove, was a miniscule 0.4 inches.

Edwards said tonight’s Valley snowfall results from two systems meeting in the mid-Atlantic, the southern storm and one moving east from the plain states.

“The combination of the two is why the Sunbury area will finally get snow,” he said. “It should start towards evening, strengthen during the night and taper off by morning.”

The high temperature today should be about 29 degrees, and the low, 22.

“Temperatures will remain below freezing into the weekend,” Edwards said, “so dress accordingly and drive carefully. There’ll be some icy patches on the road. We might hit the mid-30s Sunday, but then we’ll drop below freezing again for a few days.”

To the east, the weather is much more severe, Edwards said.

The National Weather Service has posted winter storm warnings along the Interstate 95 corridor, and the storm likely will cripple travel from Washington, D.C., north through Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

“If you’re planning a business trip to one of those cities Wednesday morning, think twice,” Edwards said.

Philadelphia could get four to eight inches of snow overnight tonight, and New York City and northern New Jersey, six inches to a foot. Boston and areas north are expecting at least a foot of snow.

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