PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The next storm set to deliver fresh snow to the Delaware Valley continues to gather strength and moisture in the central U.S., eventually streaking through the Ohio Valley and arriving just in time for the weekend.

Timing the Storm:

Model guidance still agrees for the most part. The storm begins mainly as snow Saturday morning through the northern-most counties. It overspreads most of our region no later than the early afternoon. By early evening, the freezing line will creep north, allowing a changeover to sleet and rain (which could freeze on contact). The storm may still have a wintry mix up its sleeve early Sunday morning, but it’s pulling away for the second half of the weekend, and we’ll even see some sunshine before the day’s end.

The Breakdown:

Philadelphia, I-95 Corridor

The storm starts as snow for the urban core by late morning, and this region sees snow most of the day. Expect around 1-3″ of accumulation. By evening, the freezing line will migrate north, allowing the snow to mix with sleet and rain (possibly freezing on contact). Late Saturday night, rain will start to take over, but roads and walkways could still be icy. The storm will wind down completely early Sunday morning.

*Army Navy Gameday Forecast

It looks like another snowy scene at Lincoln Financial Field! Temperatures will hover right around freezing for the 3 p.m. kickoff, and light snow will fall through most of the game. (Don’t forget, you can watch the game from the comfort of your warm couch on CBS3!)

Northwest Suburbs

Ski lovers rejoice! This region has the best shot for significant accumulation, anywhere between 3-6″ depending on location. The highest terrain may see as much as 8″. Snow will begin here first (no later than 9 a.m. Saturday) and continue all day. Eventually, a changeover to a wintry (perhaps icy) mix will take place, generally around 10 p.m. – midnight.

There may still be some icing early Sunday morning before the storm makes its full retreat.

Central DE, Southern NJ

Like the rest of the Delaware Valley, most of this region will start with light snow, accumulating a modest inch or less. However, as the rain/snow line creep north, the storm leaves more of a rain and sleet legacy behind with warmer air infiltrating from the south. By Saturday night, the storm is mainly a chilly rainmaker with some sleet mixing in through central NJ and northern DE. The rain ends completely Sunday morning.

*Portions of Cape May, Atlantic, Cumberland (NJ), Kent and Sussex counties (DE) may get jipped out of snow entirely if the freezing line is far enough north.

More updates to come!


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