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By Katie Fehlinger

The latest in a string of winter storms split the Delaware Valley in two Saturday. In southern NJ and DE, mainly rain fell. The I-95 corridor and surrounding vicinity had a mixed bag of snow, sleet, and rain.

The best shot for snow was through the north and west-most counties, and Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect until early Sunday morning for that region.

Why the mixed bag of precipitation?

The tricky, variable forecast with this storm came from the fact that the freezing line (or rain/snow line) set up right over our region. That line will continue to creep north overnight Saturday, so any snow will change over to sleet or rain.

Keep in mind any rain may still easily freeze on contact the further north you travel. A good rule of thumb: just assume the roads or walkways are slick.

Temperatures are marginal and will hover near freezing for most of the night, so road conditions could be ever-changing. Southern Cumberland, Atlantic, Cape May counties and central and southern Delaware are the only places where it likely stays too warm for icing.

Sunday morning will still be met with some icy spots, but the storm makes its full retreat pretty early on and clouds will eventually break for sunshine…and a new round of cleanup begins!

More Snow Coming?

While our area gets a break from any major storms through the coming work week, a quick moving Alberta clipper system will zip through our area Tuesday, and could touch off a few snow showers.

I do think a larger system will approach as early as next weekend. However, right now it appears it’ll be preceded by a surge of warmer air, meaning it would be mainly a rainmaking storm for our area. Much can change of course, and we’ll keep you posted!

Safe travels!

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