By Kathy Orr

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The first winter storm of the new year will bring snow to our area late Thursday afternoon. The snow will become steady and heavier in the evening, impacting the evening commute.

A fast-moving low pressure system over the central U.S. will combine with a stronger low developing off the Carolina Coast. The two systems are expected to phase into one storm on Friday and intensify as it moves away from us (much more snow for New England). If the phasing happens earlier, it could create changes in our forecast.

Snow will spread west to east late Thursday afternoon. 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 northerly winds develop allowing for temperatures to take a nose dive. The steadiest and heaviest snow will continue overnight and end early Friday morning.

At this point, we are currently thinking 4-6″ inches in the Philadelphia area and in NJ with 6″+ inches in the Lehigh Valley and Poconos with higher amounts across Northeastern PA, Northern NJ and New England. These amounts can still change depending on the storm development on Thursday.

As the storm departs Friday, snow will taper to flurries early and it will turn dangerously cold. Temperatures will not make it out of the teens Friday afternoon and wind chills will be below Zero at times Friday through Saturday morning. Saturday morning temperatures will be in the single digits in many locations. Temps during the Eagles game Saturday night will be in the 20s with lighter wind.

Happy New Year and stay warm!!


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