storm Updating Saturday’s Rare October Snowstorm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s too early for snow, right? Well, weather systems don’t always follow the calendar – a statement proving itself true with Saturday’s extremely rare October snowstorm.

Here’s how it breaks down, folks:

A storm will approach the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys with chilly rain early Saturday and then rapidly intensify. As the pressure drops, lots of uplift will occur to cool the atmosphere and change the rain over to heavy, wet snow Saturday afternoon. We’re expecting substantial snowfall – believe it or not – on the order of 3-6″, locally as much as 10″ through Lancaster, Berks, Lehigh & Northampton counties. Winter Storm Watches are now in effect for all of these counties.

A further breakdown of forecast snow totals:

Poconos: 6-10″
Lancaster to Lehigh Counties: 3-6″
Chester to Bucks Counties: 1-3″, locally up to 6″
Delco to Philadelphia Counties, NW sections of Gloucester, Camden, & Burlington Counties: coating to 2″

The forecast is frightening enough with Halloween only 3 days away. But my big concern is the threat of power outages. The trees still have their leaves, and the weight of a slushy snowfall could send tree limbs crashing down and any power lines in their path. If you’re able, it’s a good idea to trim tree limbs on your property that overhang any wires. But also be prepared to potentially be without power for a few days, especially if you reside in the areas forecasted to receive the heaviest snow.

This is obviously a very unusual storm. If I might shine a little spotlight on my hometown of Allentown, consider this: Allentown’s biggest October snow event on record took place Halloween 1925 when 2.2″ of snow fell. Tomorrow is certainly on track to challenge that record with potential for up to a half a foot of accumulation!

Reported By Katie Fehlinger, CBS 3

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