Updated: weather outlook for Wyoming Valley

By Eileen Godin - egodin@timesleader.com | January 23rd, 2016 7:34 am

By Eileen Godin



It’s here! The first shovel-able snow of the winter season has started to arrive early this morning in the Wyoming Valley.

Kiddos can pull out their snow pants, gloves and boots and enjoy fun in the snow while parents can pull out their snow blowers and shovels.

The National Weather Service in Binghamton, New York, released a winter storm warning for Northeastern Pennsylvania through to 1 a.m. Sunday.

They are predicting the Wyoming Valley will receive between three to six inches of snow. Winds will increase from the North ranging from 10 to 20 miles-per-hour creating blowing and drifting snow.

Saturday’s temperatures will top off at 24 degrees and drop to 13 degrees tonight.

Sunday will be drier with party sunny skies with daytime temperatures reaching near 31 degrees. Winds will taper off to five to 10 miles-per-hours. Sunday night temperatures will be a chilly 15 degrees.

As everyone heads back to work and school on Monday, the daytime temperatures will hit 36 degrees.


The National Weather Service updated Saturday’s snow storm accumulation totals to 12 to 15 inches across southern Luzerne and Pike counties. Valley cities, including Wilkes-Barre, Scranton and Carbondale, are still predicted to receive three to six inches.

Snowfall intensity will vary throughout the day, at times reaching one to two inches per hour. Snow will taper off by early evening as the storm moves east.

High winds combined with snow-covered trees may cause power outages. At this time, UGI Utilities is not reporting any outages. PPL Electric Utilities is reporting one electric outage in Pocono Pines affecting 65 customers. The outage is due to a tripped breaker, and crews are working to restore service by 11 a.m.

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