Friday morning will be frigid. Philadelphia will challenge the record of 9 degrees, set in 1934. If that is not bad enough, wake up wind chills will be around -10.
The snow will clear the coast around noon. Wednesday afternoon will be sunny and blustery!
Expect light snow to develop before daybreak and end mid-late morning on Wednesday.
Areas of fog will greet us Friday morning, some will be locally dense, so take it slow during the morning commute.
A cold front will cross our area Wednesday, bringing rain showers during the late morning through midday hours. There is the chance that if the rain moves in early enough, it could freeze on some surfaces where temperatures are below freezing.
The warm air aloft and at the surface may limit snow totals south and east of Philadelphia, but in the north and west suburbs an additional 3-6″ of snow will fall (locally higher amounts possible), pushing total snowfall amounts in some spots into the 18-22″ range.
Heavy snow will continue to fall through the overnight hours and into the early morning, piling up well over 6 inches in many areas, with even higher amounts in our far north and west suburbs where the snow could pile up over a foot.
They have been scarce around here this season, but Nor’easters are notorious in our area during the winter months.
Philadelphia has received over 40 inches of snow this winter and is currently less than 3″ away from entering the top 10 list of all time record winter seasons.
In the wake of Tuesday’s crippling ice storm, the worst winter storm in PECO’s history with well more than half a million powerless, many remain away from their homes due to lack of heat. And the chill isn’t departing the area anytime soon, with Arctic high pressure in control through the end of the week. Temperatures tonight dip into the 20’s, and barely get above freezing tomorrow – a bit of melting, perhaps, but not enough to rid the area of much snow or ice.
The exhausting wintry weather we’ve experienced this year will relax for just another day before more snow arrives this weekend.
The heaviest snow will fall South and East of Philadelphia.
The Eyewitness Weather team is once again tracking a major Southern Winter Storm that will bring snow to parts of our area overnight.
The core of the arctic air mass has settled into the Delaware valley today. It wasn’t record cold but low temperatures did get down into the single digits in the suburbs and 12 degrees in Philadelphia.
The latest arctic blast will continue to create gusty winds and drive wind chills below zero Tuesday morning.