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Menacing Storm to Snarl Wednesday Travel

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By Katie Fehlinger

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–Despite a brief break, the active weather pattern will get underway again Tuesday night. Our second large storm of the week moves in overnight into Wednesday morning as a mixed bag of snow, ice and rain (which could freeze on contact).

This storm – believe it or not! – looks more menacing than Monday’s system. Why? In short, ice. There’s a good chance that some of us have to deal with ice accumulations as high as 0.10″, which could weigh down power lines and tree limbs (potentially leading to widespread power outages).

Winter Storm Warnings take effect late Tuesday night for most of the Delaware Valley and last until Wednesday afternoon. However, this system brings a true variety pack of issues depending where you live. Here’s how it affects us region by region:

Philadelphia/Adjacent Suburbs

11PM – 7AM: Storm starts as snow and icy mix, accumulating a few inches (2-4″), possibly a thin accumulation of ice

7AM – 9AM: Precip changing over to pockets of soaking rain (could still freeze on contact in any colder spots)

Into early afternoon: Rain retreats out to sea with gradual clearing

Southern NJ/DE

11PM – 1AM: Storm starts with icy mix of sleet and/or freezing rain

1AM – 4AM: Ice changes to soaking rain

4AM – Late Morning: Rain continues to fall heavily

Into early afternoon: Rain retreats with gradual clearing

Lehigh Valley/Poconos

11PM – 2AM: Snow arrives

2AM – 7AM: Snow continues to fall heavily (accumulations of 4-8″, locally up to 10″ in the mountains)

7AM – early afternoon: Changeover to icy mix and rain (could freeze on contact)

Late afternoon: Leftover showers of ice or snow

Although the storm will pull away toward evening, the PM drive will likely still have its share of leftover issues (i.e. icy spots, snow-covered roads).

Stay safe out there!
Katie

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