09 January 2024- The National Weather Service has announced that they’re continuing multiple advisories for inclement conditions around the tristate area. In multiple releases, the flood watch for the area will be extended until 1pm on Wednesday as well as a wind advisory being extended until 6pm on Wednesday night.
According to the NWS in State College, flooding caused by rain and snowmelt continues to be possible in areas of Adams, Bedford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, and other Central PA counties. Excessive runoff remains a factor for areas nearby streams, rivers, creeks, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Additionally, rain and wind will continue with rainfall totals of 1 to 2.5 inches expected. Some places could get as much as 3 inches of rain.
Much of Central Pennsylvania remains in a wind advisory because of the same storm until 6pm on Wednesday. Southwest directional winds 20-30mph are possible with gusts up to 50mph throughout tonight. The winds are going to shift directions to the northwest and will continue gusting to 50mph Wednesday morning and afternoon.
As for the wind, the NWS advises that gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects, down trees or tree limbs, and tear down electric/utility poles for multiple hours. Outages have already been reported, and fixed, in Franklin and Fulton counties throughout Tuesday. If you are a West Penn Power or Penelec customer, you can check outages through their website, found here.
Even if you are not traveling surface roads Tuesday and Thursday, it is important to be mindful of other drivers on the roadways. Interstates are filled with semi-trucks that can increasingly sway in the wind as the day and night goes on. Be mindful of your surroundings!