Gusty westerly winds continue across the area this morning. Snow showers have developed in the wake of a strong cold front which crossed the region last night. The snow showers and windy conditions will continue today as much colder air spreads across the area.
Later today, the winds across northwestern Pennsylvania will become better aligned out of the west. This will allow lake effect snow bands to consolidate and intensify across the snow belt areas. Some locally heavy snow will be possible from late this afternoon through tonight with significant accumulations possible where squalls persist.
The lake effect snow will continue through Friday. Winds will become more northwesterly on Friday so some of the heavier snow showers could travel further inland. It will remain breezy with areas of blowing snow and wind chills falling below zero.
Snow showers will diminish somewhat Friday night as the winds shift to the southwest ahead of a clipper over the Great Lakes. This break will be short-lived however, as snow associated with the clipper is forecast to overspread the region on Saturday.
Occasional snow will persist into Saturday night followed by another round of lake effect snow during the day on Sunday. It will remain cold through the weekend.