Marching in like a snowy lion: Up to 9 inches expected by Monday
That old saying about March "coming in like a lion" will ring true, thanks to yet another winter storm preparing to drop a significant blanket of snow Sunday and Monday.
Weather forecasters are tracking another set of storms that are expected to arrive locally Sunday evening. Another 4 to 9 inches of snow is predicted to fall before the storms leave Monday.
National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist David Martin said a cold front coming in from the Great Lakes will continue to hold temperatures below freezing until Sunday, when a low pressure system will push moisture from Virginia over the cold front, creating a wintry mix.
"On Sunday, the storm is expected to start as a mix, with both snow and sleet coming in," Martin said. "Sunday night into Monday, it will change over to all snow."
Two to five inches are expected Sunday, and another two to four inches will fall Monday.
"The thing about this storm is that it's going to be gradual, slow accumulation," Martin said. "Due to the duration of the storm, the light snow will continue over several hours, while snow totals go up slowly."
Temperatures are expected to remain in the single digits Monday, but will eventually rise to the mid- to upper-30s by the end of the week.
In anticipation of the winter storm, Kulpmont and Mount Carmel have issued snow emergencies.
Kulpmont's snow emergency will start at 3 p.m. Sunday and no cars are permitted to park on Chestnut Street until the snow stops and PennDOT plows the street to the curb.
Mount Carmel's emergency begins at midnight Sunday and will continue until the storm ends and PennDOT plows the street to the curb.
During Mount Carmel's emergency, parking is prohibited along Third Street from Birch to Market streets, along Avenue from Poplar to Market streets, along Market Street from Avenue to Fifth Street and along Fifth Street from Market to Pine streets.
Parking is also prohibited along Oak Street from Avenue to Seventh Street from 5:30 a.m. Tuesday until PennDOT has plowed.
In Sunbury, snow will be removed from Market Street and all metered streets from 11 p.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday.
From 11 p.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday, the snow will be removed from Arch Street between Front Street to Sixth Street and from Wolverton Street and Chestnut Street.
From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, snow will be removed from Fairmont Avenue and Catawissa Avenue.
Residents in all three communities must remove all vehicles from the streets during the listed times. Vehicles that are not moved may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner's expense.
Sunday's storm will be the fifth accumulating snowfall over the last 30 days, and many are hoping it will be winter's last hurrah. However, Martin said chances are slim.
"Looking at the long-range forecast, there doesn't seem to be any change in the pattern," Martin said. "It looks like we are going to see colder-than-normal weather at least through mid-March."