Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Snow and sleet could hamper Berks travel

A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain could make travel in Berks County treacherous this afternoon and tonight, according to forecasters.

Snow is expected to begin falling early this afternoon, and a few inches could accumulate before the storm changes to sleet and freezing rain tonight, said Frank D. Strait, a meteorologist with AccuWeather near State College.

The storm will change to mostly rain by Wednesday morning, Strait said.

Rain will continue most of the day and may change to snow again before ending Wednesday night, he predicted.
The high temperatures today and Wednesday are expected to be in the low to mid-30s.

Thursday will be windy and cloudy with a high around freezing, Strait added. Wind gusts Thursday are expected to exceed 30 mph.
Flurries are predicted Thursday night, when the low will be around 20 degrees, according to AccuWeather.

Friday should see a return of sunshine, although it will be breezy and cold, with a high around 30, forecasters said.
Some snow is likely Friday night and Saturday, although no significant accumulations are expected, AccuWeather said.

Clouds and sun with a high temperature around 30 degrees are predicted Sunday.

The storm system that will bring messy weather to Berks also will deliver rain, sleet and freezing rain from northeast Texas and Arkansas through the upper South.
Heavy rainfall was expected to develop by early today and may cause fl ooding across the Tennessee Valley, forecasters said.

The remainder of the nation will see a quiet day for weather due to dominating areas of high pressure over the Southwest and Great Lakes.