Winter storm to roll into central Pa. Saturday evening


"Freezing rain will be the initial threat for portions of Pennsylvania and NY, as well as the Central Appalachians.Snowfall amounts in the Northeast are now forecast to be 4 to 8 inches from parts of NY, southern Vermont and New Hampshire, and MA through Sunday night, with more expected on Monday".

The storm moved south from Northern California into Southern California, dousing the state in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The Weather Service predicted that 4 to 7 inches of snow would fall on the Twin Cities between 6 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Blizzard conditions Saturday are buffeting the High Plains and around Duluth.

Areas further south, like Detroit and Ann Arbor, are not include in the Winter Storm Watch or the more general Winter Weather Advisory.

On Saturday, the storm system continues to move east, a new storm will approach the west coast, and snow will fall in parts of the Northern Plains, upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes. All of the weather models are suggesting we could see 5.5 inches of snow in New York City.

Another system is forecast to develop in the mid-Atlantic Sunday, moving as a nor'easter into Monday.

Before tracking over the Rockies on Friday, a major winter storm will continue to produce heavy mountain snow and high winds through much of the western United States on Thanksgiving Day.

In Arizona, officials continued their searching for three children missing after the vehicle they were riding in was swept away Friday in Tonto Creek. Most of the snow will come down on Sunday.

Forecasters also warned that strong rip currents will make swimming and surfing risky.

"The timing is unfortunate for holiday travel because it's going to have a lot of wintry impacts", Kevin Durphee, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told KFSN-TV.

According to the state Department of Water Resources, 75% of California's annual average precipitation occurs from November through March and a small difference in the number of storms can determine a wet or dry year. Wind gusts could reach as high as 40 miles per hour.

All roads in and out of Casper were closed Saturday morning, including the entire 483-kilometer of Interstate 25 in Wyoming.

High winds and ice are expected to make travel nearly impossible in some places.

Later in the evening, winds will increase quickly, plummeting wind chill temperatures and reducing visibility in blowing and falling snow.

USA 6 near Loveland Pass and the Eisenhower Tunnel was also shut down, following a fuel spill.