By Katie Fehlinger
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Southeast is in the thick of the same menacing winter storm that’s slated to arrive Wednesday night in the Delaware Valley. Expect the first snowflakes between 9 p.m. and midnight as the storm moves in from south to north. Winter Storm Warnings will also take effect for almost every county at that time.
This will be an all-day event Thursday, and since the rain/snow line will gradually lift north as we approach daylight, we have a variety pack of precipitation expectations and impacts.
In southeastern PA, this is primarily a snowstorm. Expect accumulations of 6-10″ in general, but some of the NW suburbs just outside of Philly could pick up a foot or more. Across I-95 into NJ and DE, you’ll likely see a mix of snow at the onset, followed by sleet, then rain, and back to snow Thursday night. That means lighter snow totals of 3-6″, even less near the shore (1-3″).
Mixed Bag of Impacts:
Wind will be a bigger, more noticeable player this time around. Gusts could peak up to 40 mph inland, as high as 45-50 mph near the coast, leading to reduced visibility with windswept rain and snow. Another round of power outages could also reoccur. This storm features a triple attack of heavy wet snow, icing for some of us, AND wind. That combination could easily weigh down or pull down more tree limbs and power lines. Coastal flooding is a concern with winds battering the coast, and of course heavy precipitation coming down through most of Thursday.
Stay safe out there!