Schuylkill County is under a Winter Storm Watch.
The Winter Storm Watch goes into effect from 9 a.m. Wednesday through 8 a.m. Thursday. The Weather Channel insists on calling this Winter Storm Petra.
The National Weather Service in State College is predicting between 2-4 inches of snow and sleet to fall during the affected times. Up to one-quarter of an inch of ice is expected to fall during the storm. Precipitation, in whatever form it falls, could be heavy at times, forecasters warn.
You can see Accuweather.com, our preferred forecasters, predict less snow with this storm:
The storm will follow some unusually nice weather in Schuylkill County. Despite some rain and a little snow, we’ve seen more of the sun in February than we did the last half of 2018, it seems. And temperatures haven’t really gotten too cold.
In fact, high temps on Tuesday, the day before the storm, will top out above freezing, at 34. Low temps at night will dip into the mid-20s.
They won’t recover much on Wednesday. During the storm, temperatures aren’t expected to get out of the 20s but it will get warmer as the day goes on. By the end of the storm, plain rain could be falling and could help reduce the risk of icy roads.
A forecast high of 50 on Thursday in Schuylkill County will make this storm a distant memory … at least it should.
Winter Storm Petra School Closings
We’d bet dollars to donuts that Schuylkill County schools close on Wednesday during the storm.
You can probably bank on at least a delay on Thursday, despite temps being almost Spring-like.