Erie, PA (WJET) – Major winter storm will begin to affect our region tonight into Monday. Today will start out with decent sunshine, then the clouds will increase as the storm moves out of the southeast into the Mid Atlantic region. The storm will move into central Pennsylvania this evening, with area-wide snowfall moving from south to north.

Winter storm timing.

The snow will start out light, then intensity will steadily increase through late evening. The heaviest snow will likely be falling between 10 PM Sunday and 6 AM Monday. The low will slowly move to the northeast through the day Monday. Steady snow still expected at least through the morning hours Monday before slowly tapering in the afternoon. There will be several inches of additional snow accumulation. As the winds line up out of the NW later today, some lake effect snow will develop, especially in the snow belts, for Monday night into Tuesday. Extensive blowing and drifting snow late tonight into Monday as wind gusts will reach 30-40 mph.

Here’s a look at our forecast snow totals from Sunday night through Monday night.

Expected snow through Monday night.

Travel will become very difficult Monday. Visibility will be reduced with blowing and drifting snow. Give yourself plenty of extra time if you need to travel Monday. As a result of the expected storm, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire area from Sunday night through Monday night.

Storm impacts.