By Steven Strouss
1-3″, Ha! We’ve seen much worse during the month of February. In fact, on this day in 2010, Philadelphia received 15.8 inches of snow and that was less than a week after a winter storm dumped 28.5 inches of the white stuff. What a difference 2 years makes! This 1-3″ is meager for February and certainly not a big storm except maybe by this winter’s standards. How disappointing for snow lovers that 3 inches would be the biggest accumulation in Philadelphia so far this season, and I don’t even think we will get that much out of this.
Anyway, lets break down this “storm”. Light rain and snow will arrive overnight and initially melt on area roadways. Temperatures Saturday morning will fall changing any rain over to snow from the city on northward. 1-3″ of accumulation is likely, especially on grassy surfaces northwest of Philadelphia but areas south and east of the city are forecasted to get a coating to an inch since the changeover will occur later there.
The more significant impact of this storm comes during the afternoon Saturday when the arctic front blows through with more snow showers and a bitter blast. Temperatures will then drop below the freezing point and that means icy spots develop on roads. In addition, winds will gust to 35 mph later Saturday night into Sunday and that means wind chills will be in the teens. Sunday’s high temperature will be near freezing but there is some moderation as we head into next week.
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