Welcome, Spring? First Day of New Season Could Be White, Forecasters Say

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After an unusually warm March in which the mercury has already topped 80 degrees more than once, flowers such as snowdrops are starting to bloom and cherry trees are almost in full bud (weeks earlier than normal) around the Saucon Valley and much of eastern Pennsylvania. “Spring is in the air,” as the saying goes… However, Mother Nature may be preparing to tell warm weather wishers “not so fast!” This weekend’s forecast calls for much colder air to invade the area, and there could be accumulating snow on Sunday, March 20, which is the first day of spring. According to a Thursday morning Facebook post by the National Weather Service Office at Mount Holly, N.J., “there is a greater than 50 percent chance of more than 2 inches of snow along and northwest of (the) Interstate 95 corridor Sunday into Monday” because of a developing coastal storm.

Snowstorm Tuesday? Talk Grows, But Forecasters Remain Uncertain

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Talk of a major storm that could affect much of the East Coast early next week is growing in the news media and on social media, but weather forecasters remain uncertain about what type of precipitation will fall in the Lehigh Valley. Late Saturday afternoon the National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for east central and northeastern Pennsylvania that urges residents to monitor weather forecasts. “A coastal storm is expected to move up the East Coast,” the NWS said in its statement. “A wintry mix is possible Monday night and Tuesday with some accumulation of snow and ice. Additional snow is possible Tuesday night and Wednesday.”