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Snow or rain? Uncertainty remains over storm expected to hit Lehigh Valley early next week

Vehicles travel through the snow and slush Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, in Bethlehem as snow in the Lehigh Valley is expected to persist through the afternoon before tapering off. (April Gamiz / 첥Ƶ)
Vehicles travel through the snow and slush Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, in Bethlehem as snow in the Lehigh Valley is expected to persist through the afternoon before tapering off. (April Gamiz / 첥Ƶ)
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Snow could return to the Lehigh Valley early next week following a stretch of mild, sunny days.

The National Weather Service said a storm system will affect the area Monday night into Tuesday, but as of Friday, it’s not clear what that may entail.

Patrick O’Hara, meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, New Jersey, said Friday morning that forecasters would have a better idea of what the storm will look like in the coming days. It could be rain, snow, or a mix.

“We’re not putting a lot of certainty into it right now,” he said.

It appears that the storm will start as rain Monday, but it’s not clear if it will stay that way during the duration of it, according to the

It has been a few weeks since snow fell in the Lehigh Valley. Lehigh Valley International Airport recorded more than 10 inches of snow for January, which had three storms in the first half of the month.

But no snow has fallen here since, and recently temperatures have been higher than normal. On Thursday, the Allentown area recorded a high of 54. Both Friday and Saturday are expected to have temperatures in the 50s. There is also a slight chance of rain Saturday.

Those days could also see record high temperatures. National Weather Service data shows the highest temperature on record for the Allentown area for both Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 was 57,  set in 1990. Highs of 56 and 58 are anticipated for Friday and Saturday.

That mild weather will come to an end soon, with high temperatures of 46 and 39 expected Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

Outside of Monday into Tuesday, the rest of the week should be clear in the Lehigh Valley.

Here is the extended forecast from the National Weather Service:

Saturday: A chance of showers, mainly between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 58. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers before 8 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 51. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Monday: A chance of rain and snow between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., then a chance of rain after 2 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Monday Night: Rain likely before 2 a.m., then snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Tuesday: Snow likely, mainly before 8 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 39. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Breezy.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.

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