Ice Could Cause Problems Saturday, Weather Service Warns

A messy storm system that is forecast to bring heavy rain to the area Friday and Friday night could also bring freezing rain and sleet early Saturday, according to a National Weather Service winter weather advisory that has been issued for the Lehigh Valley.

Although temperatures will be unusually mild Friday–with highs in the low 60s–they are forecast to plummet from near 50 at around midnight to around 30 by 7 a.m., “with icing developing rapidly toward daybreak Saturday on gusty north to northwest winds,” the weather service warned.

Poor drainage and “nuisance flooding” is possible during the day Friday, but once the temperature drops to 32 any remaining water on untreated roads, driveways, sidewalks and other surfaces will freeze, it said.

Forecast accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch of ice could make roadways slippery and create hazardous travel conditions throughout the day Saturday, as temperatures continue to fall into the teens by evening.

Looking further ahead, there is the possibility for accumulating snow from a storm that could impact the area on Tuesday, the NWS said.

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About Josh Popichak
Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is a journalist and publisher who is passionate about providing an open online platform and advocating for independent, local news. He has covered news--first in print, later online--in the Saucon Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to writing extensively about local issues, he uses Facebook, Instagram and other social media to help personalize and broaden awareness of topics affecting the communities he covers. He also manages the Facebook pages for several local businesses as part of his business, Saucon Source LLC. He is a 1999 graduate of Bates College, where he was a history major and arts editor for the student newspaper.

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