Morning commuters cross the Hill-to-Hill Bridge in Bethlehem as rain changes to snow in January 2022. There may be a chance of both kinds of precipitation on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, but forecasters are uncertain.Steve Novak | For lehighvalleylive.com
Transitioning seasons can make for tricky forecasts. Such is the case this week, as meteorologists await some certainty on the form precipitation will take on Friday night — snow, rain or whatever.
It’s a “thread-the-needle” situation that will depend greatly on timing, EPAWA meteorologist Bobby Martrich said in his daily forecast video posted to YouTube on Tuesday. Snow remains a possibility, he said, maybe transitioning from rain in a weak system. But there are no guarantees yet as forecast models can’t seem to agree on an outlook.
AccuWeather’s maps as of Tuesday showed snow and wintry mixes staying out of the Lehigh Valley overnight Friday into Saturday. But the forecast leaves open the possibility of snow into New Jersey if a mass of cold air dips far enough into the Northeast.
An AccuWeather forecast map from Tuesday shows snow and a wintry mix staying out of the Lehigh Valley on Friday night, but the forecast leaves open the possibility that a change in temperature could send snow into New Jersey.AccuWeather
And the National Weather Service, which issues any winter storm watches or warnings, is skeptical there will be any precipitation at all. Meteorologist Ray Martin told lehighvalleylive.com that the latest model guidance on Tuesday was trending away from a significant system, leaving rain for the Lehigh Valley, if anything. But he said the service is still watching that cold air lurking nearby.
So the forecast for Friday night snow is something of a shrug for now. Here is what the National Weather Service says is in store for the rest of the week:
On Wednesday, expect another gloomy day as Tuesday’s showers clear out with milder highs in the 50s, Martin said.
On Thursday, get outside to enjoy the nicest day of the week with clear skies and highs in the 50s.
Friday into the weekend: Whatever form the Friday night system takes, there could be some lingering precipitation into Sunday. Martin said the weather service expects mostly rain.
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