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UPDATE: Light snow Thursday to bring 2-4 inches to most of the area

Updated: Wednesday, January 1 2014, 04:44 PM CST
Reported by Meteorologist Nate Wardle:

UPDATE (Wednesday at 6 p.m.): A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for all of our counties except for Berks County, which has a Winter Storm Watch.

The storm is still expected to bring a measurable snow to the area, but that measurement will be much closer to 2-4 inches than the higher amounts some locations, such as New York City, will see.

The main part of this storm will stay off the coast for us and is going to be a big story for New England, where blizzard warnings are already up. 

But just as big of a story is going to be the cold air behind it.  We are going to see temperatures in the single digits Friday, and the wind chill will be below zero. 

That cold air, and the active pattern continues right through next week, so keep the shovel, gloves, hat and scarf handy!
Not a ton of changes to the forecast from Monday, but it is clear that the potential for a large snowfall has decreased dramatically.

The storm is going to stay off the coast, meaning most of the snow we see in Central PA will come from the clipper system moving through.  We could still pick up somewhere between 2-5 inches, with those higher amounts further north and east. 

However, the chance for a large snowfall no longer exists.

But don't despair, with the active pattern, there is still several more chances for snow coming up!

Christmas is over, and last week brought some minor snowfalls, but that doesn't mean they didn't have major effects.  The best examples would be the serious accidents on the Turnpike at the Lancaster County and Berks County line and also on I-78 in Berks County.

New Years Eve looks windy and cold, but calm weather-wise.  New Years Day will have less wind, so it wont be bad at all if you have any traveling to eat your pork and sauerkraut.

By Thursday, the forecast is going downhill.  A clipper system, which usually only brings a little snow to Central PA, is approaching from the west.

A coastal system will be tracking through the southeast toward the mid-Atlantic.  And that is where the uncertainty lies.

The clipper system is going to be moving through the area, there is no doubt about that.  So we are looking at at least a few inches of snow.  But, if the coastal storm tracks close to the coast, Central PA will be in for a major snowstorm.

The trend so far this winter is that storms start out tracking in one direction, and then move further west as we get closer to the time.  This would be favorable for seeing a significant snowfall in Central PA.  By significant we are talking about 6 inches.

The time frame for this is late Thursday through the overnight hours and wrapping up on Friday.

Afterwards, it will get colder, much colder for Friday.  We are talking about highs in the lower 20s and lows in the single digits.

And with next week being the Farm Show, it wouldn't be a Farm Show without active weather.  We might already have snow on the ground, and then we are going to continue to see an active pattern afterwards.  This could bring several more chances for wintry weather for the first full week of January.   UPDATE: Light snow Thursday to bring 2-4 inches to most of the area

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