Snow will fall at varying rates throughout the night before tapering off Friday morning. Temperatures will continue to plummet and winds will pick up in intensity.
Winter storm warnings and advisories are posted for most parts of our area.
The peak intensity of the storm -- our first of 2014 -- is expected to occur between 8 p.m. Thursday through 4 a.m. Friday.
We anticipate four to six inches of snow to fall in much of Berks County and the Lehigh Valley, with higher amounts not too far north and east and lesser amounts south and west (please see map below for details) by the time things wrap up Friday morning.
Snowfall amounts could exceed eight inches in parts of the Poconos and northern New Jersey.
Any lingering snow will taper off early Friday. Despite some sun, bitterly cold air and windy conditions will prevail. Wind chill values will be well below zero Friday and Friday night.
This will be the coldest air we have seen since 2009. Friday night into Saturday morning most of the viewing will see temperatures fall below zero.
Saturday will still be cold, but not as cold as Friday, with partly sunny skies.