3-8″ of snow likely to accumulate overnight across tristate area

16 February 2024- Multiple stations from the National Weather Service are advising of heavy snowfall and a winter storm from Friday night into Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service out of State College, PA is advising of a winter storm warning from 9pm on Friday to 9am on Saturday. The National Weather Service out of Baltimore is advising of a winter storm warning from 9pm Friday to 5am Saturday. Combined, these areas cover Central PA, Western MD, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

Both of the stations are advising of between 3-8 inches of snow accumulation tonight, making travel very difficult.

While this is not the first snowfall of the year by any stretch, the NWS is still advising that if you do travel to keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of emergency. Additionally, when venturing outside, watch your first few steps taken on steps, sidewalks, and driveways. These surfaces could be icy and slippery, increasing risks of fall and injury.

While the NWS in State College is advising of up to 8″ of accumulation, that is mostly along both South and Tuscarora Mountains, as well as further west into Bedford and Somerset Counties. Precipitation will likely begin sometime around 8pm in Bedford, PA, and 9pm for areas around Chambersburg and McConnellsburg. This, however, is an approximation and could vary at higher elevations.