The National Weather Service is calling for 3 to 6 inches of snow across the Lehigh Valley and northwest New Jersey in a winter storm on Wednesday.National Weather Service
UPDATE: Winter weather advisory, revised snow totals for Wednesday storm that will impact commutes
The Lehigh Valley on Wednesday could see the most snow of the 2022-23 winter so far.
Admittedly, that’s not a high bar to clear. The season has officially totaled just 1.4 inches to date — with nearly all of it on one December day.
For Wednesday, the National Weather Service projects 3 to 4 inches of snow for the Lehigh Valley’s cities starting Wednesday morning and lasting through the day, with up to 6 inches in higher elevations toward the Poconos. AccuWeather pegs the Lehigh Valley for 1 to 3 inches.
Complicating the forecast is anticipated warmer air that will make its way into the region by Wednesday night and turn that snow into rain.
AccuWeather.com's snowfall forecast map shows 1 to 3 inches of snow anticipated for the Lehigh Valley and northwest New Jersey before a changeover to rain.
“There’s definitely a lot of moving parts with this system,” National Weather Service meteorologist Amanda Lee told lehighvalleylive.com. But even the modest forecast would be a “high-water mark” for the region, even outside the Valley, she said.
Monday’s light snowfall did not impact the area’s official season total at Lehigh Valley International Airport, where only a trace accumulation was reported. A spotter in Salisbury Township reported 1 inch. Pocono Pines in Monroe County saw 2.5 inches and High Point, New Jersey, had 3.5 inches, according to a weather service report.
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Just 5 inches of snow fell during the Lehigh Valley’s least snowy season on record, including fall and spring snowfall, in 1932 — though there are gaps in annual records until about 1946. The 2019-20 snow season came close with only 5.3 inches from October through April.
While snow has been spotty so far this year, forecasters say to fear not: February is historically the Lehigh Valley’s snowiest month, and colder patterns should favor more wintry weather in the coming weeks.
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