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Lebanon, Pennsylvania to Huntington, West Virginia

Today we embark on a day trip from Lebanon, Pa to Huntington, WV. It may be 422 miles, but it’s going to feel a lot longer than that. Why is that? Well… let’s take a look.

An area of low pressure shifting through the lower Great Lakes tonight will shift through New England tomorrow, with gusty west-northwesterly winds persisting throughout the day tomorrow. Conditions shouldn’t be too bad as we head southwest out of Lebanon on I-81 into Maryland, then head west on I-68. However, once we het towards Cumberland and Frostburg, conditions are going to start getting a little hairy as snow showers increase, thanks to the constant westerly flow lifting over the mountains. As we make our way south on I-79 past Morgantown, snow showers are expected to affect much of the trek through WV, so slower driving and a wary eye on the road will be needed. Conditions will slowly improve the further south we drive, as the main threat of snow on the road will be over northern WV, but still expect some snow-covered roadways as we make our way past Charleston and head due west to Huntington. It’ll be a longer day than it’d normally day, but we’ll get there in the evening.

Close to the heart

An area of low pressure moving through the Mid-Atlantic promised to completely foul up the verification for Lebanon, Pennsylvania in ways that we weren’t going to anticipate. Turns out, the way that it messed with us is by preventing temperatures from getting within about 8 degrees of forecast highs on Monday. It was a chilly pair of days, which allowed Victoria-Weather to position themselves the best, because of a cool Monday forecast. Forecast.io was off by 13 degrees on the Monday high, but ended up 2nd because of how great they were with the other verifying times. There was less than a quarter inch of rain, which was less than expected, but also meant some clearing for Tuesday.  The forecast went Victoria-Weather’s way because of that temperature forecast, but also because of their accurate precipitation forecast.
Actuals: Monday – .24 inches of rain, High 47, Low 29
Tuesday – High 41, Low 24

Grade: C

Lebanon, Pennsylvania

No, we aren’t headed to another nation, we’re just going to western Pennsylvania. Not far from Harrisburg, Lebanon PA is the site of our Sunday afternoon forecast.

At 258PM, ET, Lebanon was reporting a temperature of 41 degrees with mostly cloudy skies and a brisk 25kt wind gust. There is a broad trough over eastern Canada, with an associated and strong area of low pressure headed towards the Canadian Maritimes. A smaller perterbation is organizing around an interruption in the jet over the Great Lakes, and the combined forces of the broad trough and the associated surface waves is helping to drive the significant westerly flow.
The surface wave over the Great Lakes is fairly small and will be pressed along easily. Expect the wave to reach Pensylvania around sunrise tomorrow, brining some showers to the region. It will be a rainy day with the potential for a few flakes to mix in for Lebanon, but by late afternoon, the feature will be at sea, and things will wrap up by nightfall. A chilly batch of high pressure will fill behind the cold front, but the day will be dry.
Tomorrow – Rain with some snow mixing in late, High 55, Low 27 (Non standard)
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, cooler, High 39 Low 25

TWC: Tomorrow: Rain showers in the morning will evolve into a more steady rain in the afternoon. Snow late. High 58, Low 31
Tuesday – Sunny, High 44, Low 24

AW: Tomorrow – Milder with periods of rain High 57, Low 32
Tuesday – Sunny to partly cloudy and colder High 42, Low 24

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of rain and snow before 8am, then rain. High 55, Low 33
Tuesday – Early rain/snow, then Sunny, High 41, Low 25

WB: Tomorrow – A chance of snow in the morning. Rain likely. High 55, Low 33
Tuesday – Sunny (Rain and snow early) High 43, Low 23

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Cloudy with Chance of Light Wintry Mix High 54, Low 34
Tuesday – Mostly Sunny with Slight Chance of Light Snow High 43, Low 23

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain until evening. High 60, Low 29
Tuesday – Partly cloudy overnight. High 43, Low 24

The center of circulation with this wave is going to pass very near to Lebanon, which means that temperatures could do anything. This is going to be a rough verification one way or another. I can’t wait to see what happens. Here is the Great Lakes satellite, showing the high clouds associated with the western perturbation.