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Spring Snow: Wintry mix starts Tuesday, but storm looks more likely Wednesday

20 March 2018

Just like last week's story that brought about 2 inches of wet snow to Danville, predicting accumulations remains tricky for forecasters: it all depends on the exact track of the storm and how much cold air is in place. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Motorists should plan on hard travel conditions with the possibility of significant reductions in visibility, according to a weather service statement.

"There will be plenty of cleaning up to do Thursday morning, but weather conditions will continue to improve", DePrest said.

Moving deeper into March, all the issues complicating accumulation forecasts involving ground warmth increase, with the daily sun angle higher and hours of sunlight increasing - the solar radiation warms the surface even on a cloudy day.

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That system is expected to bring slushy snow Tuesday to Appalachia as it moves toward the East Coast, where it's poised to join with an upper-level disturbance now moving off the Pacific Ocean into California and forecast to whip across the continent. There is a growing concern for heavy snow on Wednesday across a portion of the area. Coastal communities immediately north and south of the city are likely to see 8 to 9 inches, while the Cape and Islands could see anywhere from about 1 to 5 inches.

The watch is in effect from 8 a.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday. The system that affects the region early and in the middle of this week is quite complex and is posing more than a few forecasting, the first being brought on by the fact that this system is really going to come in two parts. This means there's the potential for significant snow which could impact travel.

Timeline: There's a chance for snow during the day on Tuesday before mixing with rain in the late afternoon and then back to snow overnight. Northeast wind around 7 miles per hour. Widespread power outages may develop Wednesday with northeast to north winds gusting 25 to 35 miles per hour at times. Some of the heaviest snow should accumulate along the Mason-Dixon Line, which separates Maryland from Pennsylvania.

Make sure to stay with the CBS3 Eyewitness Weather team for all updates on this evolving forecast.

Spring Snow: Wintry mix starts Tuesday, but storm looks more likely Wednesday