By Steve Strouss
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — If you are a fan of winter, you are going to love our forecast!
There are more snow opportunities during the next several days and even more biting wind chills.
A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect for Carbon and Monroe counties until 6 a.m. Thursday. The mercury in these counties will stay below zero tonight and a northwest wind, with gust to 25 mph, will make it feel more like -15 to -20 degrees.
Elsewhere in the region, temperatures will settle in the single digits overnight and wind chills will hover near zero.
Bundle up if you must go outside and keep the shovels around because we are also tracking a series of Alberta Clippers that will bring us additional snow and reinforcing shots of cold Canadian air.
The next cold front arrives late in the day on Thursday and will have enough moisture to produce a flurry or snow shower, especially across northeastern Pennsylvania and central New Jersey. A fresh coating of snow is possible Thursday in the Poconos.
As this system moves away Thursday night, another large Arctic high pressure moves in during the day on Friday. Despite plenty of sunshine Friday, afternoon temperatures will remain in the low 20s in Philadelphia and night time lows will be in the teens.
Our attention then shifts to another low pressure center, which will move across the Great Lakes on Saturday. This system has potential to produce a modest amount of accumulating snow for everyone. If that weren’t enough, another Clipper will approach Sunday night into Monday and bring more chances of snow. Models differ on the exact track and intensity of these later systems, but one thing is certain, we know with the frigid air in place, any precipitation that does fall will be all frozen.
We’ve already picked up more snow in 2014 than the last two winter seasons combined and there is a very good chance that we will add to the already growing total of 22.5″ this January. This is also the first time in over 100 years that the Philadelphia International Airport has received (3) 6-inch or greater snowfalls before February 1.