If you still have pumpkins out you might want to consider replacing them with penguins. Winter weather is forecast to make an unusually early visit to the Saucon Valley on Thursday, when 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected along with a messy mixture of sleet and freezing rain.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for 10 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday for Northampton and Lehigh counties.
Motorists can expect to encounter slippery roads and limited visibilities as they drive, and should plan ahead to allow for extra time when traveling.
The Thursday evening and Friday morning commutes could be affected by the wintry weather, according to the NWS’ hazardous weather outlook issued Wednesday afternoon.
According to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service, Thursday’s high temperature is expected to be 32 degrees, which is well below normal for this time of year.
The weather website PA Weather Action is currently predicting that moderate snow will overspread the Lehigh Valley area by mid-late Thursday morning.
“We expect a two to four hour period of snow, before changing to sleet and freezing rain mid to late Thursday afternoon,” lead forecaster Josh Adams said Tuesday. “Temperatures should warm just above freezing by 8-10 p.m., changing precipitation over to plain rain.”
If the snow that is forecast to fall Thursday does accumulate, it will likely be the earliest significant snowfall since the infamous October snowstorm of 2011, which brought down thousands of trees and power lines in Pennsylvania and caused an extended blackout in the Saucon Valley and many other areas.
Continue to monitor the latest local weather forecasts as well as local news sources for updates on this developing winter storm, as well as information about event postponements and/or cancellations.