The temperature just after 7 a.m.at the official weather station at Lehigh Valley International Airport was 63 degrees -besting the old mark of 60 degrees that held a place in the record books since 1932. Icy conditions will cover the ground with a light glaze, causing slippery sidewalks and potentially hazardous roads.
The National Weather Service's forecast for winter storm Hunter includes flash freezing, with air temperatures expected to drop from up to 53 degrees today to the teens by Thursday. "Saturday looks to be pretty chilly, but Sunday's supposed to feature a warm-up with highs going back into the low 30s". That heavy rain, combined with snow melt and still snow clogged storm drains, will result in areas of street flooding during the evening commute. Ice changes to snow.
Experts said it's also a good idea to speak with insurance companies about potential claims in the event of a flood. The Weather Channel believes temperatures will only dip to 35 on Saturday morning before the rain ends. Flurries have been expected to continue Saturday morning with a high temperature around 29 degrees.
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Some of Friday's rain will be heavy and may come with thunder. A high of 22 was expected Friday before an overnight low of 8 degrees Friday night as lake effect snow could lead to snow showers in the area.
Rainfall amounts from Friday to Saturday morning will range from 1,5 to 3 inches with isolated 4 inch amounts.
And, Sunday's high should reach 11 with a low of zero. Chance of precipitation is 80%, but little or no snow or ice accumulation is expected.