By Steve Strouss

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —  The first winter storm of the new year is on track to arrive in the Delaware Valley on Thursday evening. A fast moving clipper type system from the north will combine with a stronger low currently near the Gulf Coast. Although there was potential that these two systems would come together close to our coast for a major storm, it now appears more likely that the main coastal storm develops farther offshore resulting in lower snow amounts for us.

Snow will spread west to east during the evening on Thursday. Areas to the north and west of Interstate 95 are likeliest to see all snow. Across southern NJ and Delaware a wintry mix of snow, rain and sleet will change to all snow by evening as temperatures take a nose dive. The steadiest and heaviest snow will continue overnight and end Friday morning.

While we are still fine tuning our forecasts, we are currently thinking 1-3 inches in the Philadelphia area and 3-6 inches in the Lehigh Valley and Poconos with higher amounts across Northeastern PA, Northern NJ and New England.

As the storm departs Friday it will turn brutally cold. Temperatures will struggle to climb above 20 degrees Friday afternoon and wind chills will be near Zero Friday night and Saturday morning. Temps during the Eagles game Saturday night will be in the 20s.

Happy New Year and stay warm!!


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