It Could Be Worse … And Soon It Will Be!

By Geoff Bansen

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Another clipper is bringing light snow showers to the Delaware Valley on Thursday. Temperatures will be approaching 40, so enjoy the ‘balmy’ weather while you can. BIG changes start tonight.

Snow will be light and scattered today, and only minor accumulations — at best — are expected. Generally, most places will see a light coating, and the snow could even change over to rain during the afternoon. But as always, this could still make for some slick roadways. Winds will also be picking up throughout the day, which could cause some visibility issues as well.

Behind the clipper is a reinforcing shot of arctic air. Lows on Friday morning will barely be in the single digits outside of the city, and will barely make it out of them in Philadelphia. You city folk won’t be so lucky in a few days.

There will also be brisk winds on Friday, so it’s not going to feel a whole lot better even by the afternoon. The sun will be out, but don’t expect it to help much.

By Saturday, temperatures will have a brief rebound back into the 30s, as yet another clipper system makes itself at home by the afternoon. Snow will once again be light and scattered, with little to no accumulation. Once that departs, some dangerous cold moves in.

Our forecasted high of 19 on Sunday would make it the coldest day in over a year. Our forecasted low of 4 on Monday morning will approach the record of 2 set back in 1888, and would be the coldest February weather in the last 20 years! With windy conditions as well – gusting as high as 45-50 mph – the wind chills will make it unsafe to be outside for extended periods of time without proper protection. The wind chill advisories that have been posted for the Poconos tonight into tomorrow will likely be issued for much of the area by later this weekend.

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Stay warm, my friends!