Although the first official day of winter is Dec. 21, Meadville is already expected to get some wintry weather in the next few days.

There is a system from the Wisconsin and Minnesota area tracking across the Crawford County area, bringing colder air and moisture, according to Raelene Campbell, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Cleveland.

A mix of rain and snow is expected this morning as "temperatures crawl" to the low 30s, Campbell said.

"As the day progresses, the temperature is going to drop to a low of 27 degrees," Campbell said. "We're looking at a chance of snow showers on Friday. Saturday looks good, partly cloudy."

She said snow is forecast to accumulate two to four inches tonight and one to two additional inches Friday morning.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Jill Harry urged caution when planning trips, noting drivers should "expect the winter weather instead of reacting to it" out on the roads.

Harry also said PennDOT snowplow drivers are prepared ahead of time to anticipate turns and potential difficult spots on their routes. A snowplow driver's top priority is "safe and passable" roadways — especially for morning school buses — noting "it's not always possible to have them clear," Harry said.

Tyler Dague can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at tdague@meadvilletribune.com.

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