Some minor updates since our 5 PM Newscast to reflect the change over times from rain to snow.
Expect rain to continue into the overnight hours for the entire region. What happens tomorrow morning will depend on your elevation so here's the breakdown.
Rain may mix with snow overnight and a switch over to all snow is expected anytime between 4 AM and 8 AM. Highest elevations will switch over to snow the earliest (before sunrise). This will be a classic example of Pleasant Mount seeing whiteout conditions first while downtown Honesdale experiences rain. All areas, including Honesdale and Hawley should switch over to all snow. Totals of 6-12" can be expected with isolated higher totals in the highest terrain. Once the switch over to all snow occurs, we can see rates of 1-2" inch per hour. This snowfall rate not only makes for slippery conditions but it can also be disorienting to drive in. If you are a snow lover with high expectations of this storm and live under 1000 ft in elevation then you may be disappointed tomorrow.
Rain will change to all snow from the highest elevations prior to sunrise. A very wide range of totals expected for you. Low lying areas closer to the Delaware may very well see 3-6" while areas to the north and west pick up 5-10". Isolated 8-12" totals cannot be ruled out.
Rain will fall heavy at times into the morning hours. A change over to all snow is expected in the highest elevations near or prior to sunrise. The rain will hang on into the morning for southern areas. You will have the most diverse snow totals due to elevation extremes. Areas such as Blakeslee, Pocono Summit and Tobyhanna have the potential to see 6-12" of snow. As you head south towards gap and Delaware River expect totals to drop significantly to 2-5". If you are a snow lover with high expectations of this storm and live under 1000 ft in elevation then you may be disappointed tomorrow.
Rain will start mixing with snow prior to sunrise in highest elevation. A change over to all snow will occur during the morning hours. Carbon will be another classic example of a slushy few inches to 6-12". Areas closer to Lake Harmony and Jack Frost have the best chance of seeing a 6-12" snowfall. Snow totals drop significantly as you head out of the mountains and into valley locations such as Lehighton and Palmerton. A slushy 2 to 5" inches may be seen here. As with Monroe County... If you have high expectations of this storm and live below 1000 feet then you may be disappointed.
Rain will mix with snow in the morning hours then change to all snow. Expect just a coating in southern and central locations but a slushy 2-5" in eastern areas such as Brandonville, Delano, Hometown and Tamaqua.
Lehigh and Northampton
Rain will hang on into the late morning or early afternoon. Northern areas such as Slatington, Danielsville and Windgap may pick up a slushy 2-4" of snow. Elsewhere we can see a coating to 2" in the urbanized areas of the Valley.
This will be a heavy wet snow. Do not try and lift it as you shovel.... just push it or wait for someone to come and plow. We will also be dealing with high winds of 20 to 30 MPH in the afternoon. Gust may approach 50 MPH in the Poconos (possibly greater in the Lehigh Valley).