'Monster' Winter Storm Possible Next Week, Accuweather Says
An Accuweather forecaster says we could get buried or dodge a bullet depending on how a winter storm develops next week.
The mid-Atlantic region including the Lehigh Valley is prime territory for a winter storm that could turn into a blizzard —or blow out to sea, according to Accuweather.
This potential "atmospheric bomb" is just something to keep an eye on so far. Forecasters say they'll get a better handle on the potential for a major winter storm as the track develops over the weekend.
The storm is brewing now in the Pacific and will travel cross country in coming days.
Once the storm reaches the Atlantic coast Wednesday into Thursday (March 6-7), conditions at most levels in the nearby atmosphere and well away from the storm throughout North America will favor explosive development. At this point, the storm could become a real monster. While being too cold and stopping shy of becoming a tropical system, it could pack the punch like one with serious impacts to lives, property and travel plans.
The Eastern Pa. Weather Authority agrees that the storm has significant potential but forecasters will have a better read on it Sunday:
"Keep following this one with us, as it has the potential to seriously impact plans and shut down entire cities in the Northeast."
As of Friday, the National Weather Service is calling for a chance of rain and snow next Wednesday.