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12 inches of snow possible Thursday

Published February 11. 2014 05:00PM

It's Northeast Pennsylvania, so you think by now everyone would be used to cold, snowy winters.

Think again.

The last few years of warmer than average winters with not nearly as much precipitation have spoiled many and now this winter is making everyone dream of spring.

But keep dreaming because winter is sending yet another reminder Wednesday night that the cold and snow is here for a few more months.

According to numerous weather services, a potential Nor'easter is expected to move up the coast Wednesday into Thursday.

Tom Kines, a meteorologist at AccuWeather, said this morning that the European and GFS weather models, which are the two most reliable models, are beginning to show more of the same storm track and if nothing changes, approximately a foot of snow is possible by the end of the storm.

"Whether it's nine or 15 inches in a storm like this, the effects are the same," Kines said. "Traveling on Thursday is going to be difficult at best. If you don't have to be out, stay inside."

The exact track of the storm is still forming, and forecasts are expected to flesh out more between now and tomorrow.

He added that this will be a mostly snow event, but there is a potential of some sleet mixing in for a time.

Shoveling will be difficult, even with the majority of precipitation being snow.

Kines said that if it is possible, people should shovel in steps during the storm and not wait until after the snow stops.

Wind and blowing and drifting snow may also become a problem Thursday and Thursday night, Kines added.

The National Weather Service already issued a hazardous weather outlook for "a strong coastal storm is forecast to affect east central and Northeast Pennsylvania, including the Lehigh Valley."

The Weather Channel said the exact track of the coastal low will be crucial in determining just how much snow falls during the storm.

A warmer outlook?

Kines said that models are suggesting that there may be a slight warm up in the nation's future.

According to AccuWeather's website, the majority of the United States may see a reprieve from the bitter cold temperatures next week as a strong jet stream moves through and pushes the arctic air back toward the north, allowing a milder pacific air flow to settle in.

Kines said even though there may be a warm up, because of the snow cover across the nation, the mild air moving from the West will not be as mild as it could be if there wasn't snow cover.

Temperatures may return to close normal and hover near 40 during the day and in the 20s at night.

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