By Steven Strouss

Spring is officially here but Winter does not want to give up. Snow fell overnight in the Lehigh Valley & Poconos and accumulated up to 9 inches in Tobyhanna, 8 inches at Pocono Summit and 2.1 inches in Allentown. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6am Thursday for Carbon, Monroe and Northampton counties. Elsewhere, a chilly rain fell with temperatures that struggled to climb out of the 30s.

While snow sounds unseasonable, it is not that uncommon during March. In fact, Mt. Pocono averages close to a foot of snow during the early Spring months and Allentown usually receives 5.7 inches during the month of March. Philadelphia’s average is 3.2 inches.

Another 1-3″ of snow is possible tonight in the Poconos as the storm system pushes eastward. There is even a chance for a thunderstorm from the city and points south this evening. Some of the storms could be severe. Earlier this afternoon, several thunderstorm warnings and even a couple of tornado warnings were issued in western Pennsylvania.

Precipitation will taper off overnight with a leftover rain or snow shower around Thursday morning. The chilly air, however, will be sticking around for a while. Temperatures the rest of the week and through the weekend will remain below average in the 40s. There is even a possibility of more rain or snow on Sunday but models continue to show differences with the track so stay with CBS3 on TV and online for the updates.

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