Thursday, April 11, 2013
Dramatic thunderstorm Wednesday night brought rain, wind, ice pellets and a sudden drop in temperature. What did you see or take pictures of?
Palmer and Forks Townships may have been beaten down by rain Wednesday night. But our dramatic thunderstorm pelted parts of Bethlehem with something a little more extreme: A coating of pea-sized hail. Upload your own videos or pictures of the storm or storm damage. The storm didn’t just usher in heavy rain, wind and ice pellets, but a sudden 20-degree drop in temperature after two very summer-like days with highs above 80. The National Weather Service forecast says it will now stay significantly cooler at least through the weekend, as high temperatures are not expected to go much beyond 60 through Sunday.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Windy, dry conditions mean there's an increased risk of wildfires Thursday afternoon and evening.
The Lehigh Valley is at enhanced risk of wildfires through Thursday evening because of windy, dry conditions, according to the National Weather Service. Winds will not be as high as they've been the past few days but low humidity and dry fuel for fires still pose a hazard. Tonight, the Weather Service says there is a slight chance of rain or sleet after 3 a.m. The forecast for Friday is cloudy with a chance of rain and a high in the los 50s.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
National Weather Service advisory warns of the elevated risk of wildfires through Monday.
"No Open Burning." Forks Township has issued a National Weather Service red flag warning of the enhanced risk of wildfires spreading, especially on Wednesday, on its website. Low relative humidity levels, gusty winds and drying fine fuels will create an elevated risk for the spread of wildfires into early Wednesday evening. Wednesday through Monday: Low relative humidity levels, gusty winds and the continuation of drying fine fuels will create an elevated risk for the spread of wildfires Wednesday. The region may be affected by a coastal low from Friday into Friday night. Any precipitation should fall as rain. For more information about wildfire danger, burn restrictions and wildfire prevention and education, please visit your State …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
One to three inches of snow is expected Monday, the National Weather Service says.
Don't put away those snow shovels yet. A spring snowstorm could be on the way Sunday night and Monday. The National Weather Service said an early spring winter storm is expected to arrive Sunday night, bringing 1 to 3 inches of snow Monday. Check back with Patch for updates.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Let us know if you see signs of spring in Palmer/Forks as we welcome the season with some unseasonably cool weather.
Spring officially began with the vernal equinox at 7:02 a.m. Wednesday, but it won't feel much like it since daytime highs will be stuck in the 40s all week. Last year, they were in the 70s! Daytime highs for our area average close to 50 in March. Seeing any signs of spring in your neighborhood? Share your photos by uploading them to this article and post your comments below. Our current weather pattern will continue to "favor colder storms that bring snow, in part, from the Central states to the East into early April," according to Accuweather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. "The pattern may translate to a longer heating season, higher heating bills and more time, money and effort into snow removal later into the season than usual in…
Friday, March 1, 2013
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. Accuweather Senior Meteorlogist Alex Sosnowski writes, 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, …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Palmer and Forks Townships are under a freezing rain advisory until 10 a.m. Saturday
The Lehigh Valley, including Palmer and Forks Townships, is under an advisory for light freezing rain until 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. WFMZ says the storm could have us waking up to an icy glaze Saturday. The Weather Service says: Precipitation is expected to change to rain Saturday and rain could be heavy at times. Sunday will be sunny and warmer with a daytime high in the 40s.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Palmer and Forks townships were prepared for a major winter storm, but the National Weather Service downgraded accumulations late Friday afternoon.
A major winter storm that was expected to rip the Northeast and New England Friday night into Saturday may not pack such a wallop in Palmer and Forks townships. The National Weather Service scaled down snow accumulations to 3-5 inches after initial reports suggested 6-10 inches of snow. The worst of the storm was expected to hit Friday night with heavy blowing snow expected. How much snow did you get? Tell us in the comments section below and post your snow photos to this article. Still, both townships issued snow emergencies with Palmer's effective until 6 p.m. Saturday. Forks Township Police Chief Greg Dorney issued a storm emergency until noon Saturday. Snow emergencies, which are usually declared by a town's high-ranking official such …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
A winter storm will make Friday messy in Palmer and Forks Townships but the worst of it will hit New England
The National Weather Service says a winter storm will bring snow, sleet and rain to Palmer and Forks Townships Friday into early Saturday morning. The major impact will be in New England where a nor'easter-type storm could bring blizzard conditions and a foot of snow. A winter storm warning is now in effect for Northampton County, which includes Palmer and Forks. Here, the National Weather Service predicts 4 to 10 inches of snow; WFMZ predicts 3 to 6 inches for the Lehigh Valley. Snow should develop Friday morning, then mix with or change to sleet and rain from southeast to northwest. Snow could be heavy at times later Friday afternoon and Friday night, the Weather Service says. The storm should end early Saturday morning leaving Saturday …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The work and school week will end with a wintry mix, according to weather forecasters
Another winter storm is on the way and it could make for very messy travel on Friday morning. Snow is expected to start falling after 3 a.m. Thursday in Palmer and Forks Townships, according to the National Weather Service. Snow will be followed by a mix of sleet. freezing rain and rain changing to all rain after 9 a.m. Friday. The precipitation could change back to snow Friday night. Then the storm will clear out leaving sunny skies and a high of 33 degrees on Saturday. WFMZ also says we can expect a wintry mix Thursday night and Friday with some snow accumulation possible. A winter storm watch has been issued as well. Palmer and Forks Townships got a dusting of snow overnight both Monday and Tuesday.