Local meteorologists knew today was going to be wet, but the amount of snow seen in Lebanon County today was a surprise to most.
Although the snow has tapered off since this morning, some areas in the county saw up to a few inches of heavy, wet flakes on Sunday, Nov. 24.
“Some of the (weather) model guidance had it, like the NAM guidance had it, but no other guidance had it,” said Justin Snyder of Lebanon County Weather. “So it was a fluke, one of those – ‘Do you trust one model over everything else?'”
Snyder noted that he began to suspect wintery precipitation would occur last night, explaining that it was cold-level dynamics in the mid-level of the atmosphere that ultimately caused the precipitation to turn into snowfall. He also said that the accumulation experienced today was not so severe as to significantly affect travel or cause other problems.
Lebanon was also said to be the only county in the region to experience “thundersnow” today, with a strike recorded in the area of Mt. Gretna.
Alas, we are not going to have a “White Thanksgiving” in Lebanon County. The National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 52 on Monday and a practically balmy 57 for Tuesday.
Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz was among those posting about todays on Facebook, with a couple dozen folks sharing their own backyard vistas.
Predictably, the first snow of the winter season did come with a few traffic incidents. A westbound lane on Pennsylvania Turnpike was briefly closed between the Lebanon-Lancaster and Harrisburg East exits due to an accident. Vehicles were also reported to be stopped along the shoulder of Route 72 through Lebanon.
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This post has been updated to include a quote from Justin Snyder of Lebanon County Weather.