By Lauren Casey

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A powerful Nor-easter is on track to impact the Delaware Valley tomorrow, tomorrow night and into Thursday. Parts of the Lehigh Valley, Poconos and Berks County could see up to 2 feet​ of snow.

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In Philadelphia, the final snowfall total could make the top ten one-day December snowfalls on record. This strong winter storm will yield multiple hazards across the region in addition to heavy snow, including heavy sleet, ice, strong winds, and coastal flooding.

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A winter storm warning is in effect for all of southeastern Pennsylvania. A winter weather advisory has been issued for our New Jersey and Delaware suburbs.

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Precipitation is likely to commence for most by mid-afternoon tomorrow, become heavy in the evening and continue tomorrow night into early Thursday morning.

Area Under Winter Storm Warning:

  • Heavy Snow with Rates Up to 1 to 2 Inches Per Hour
  • Thundersnow Possible
  • Wind Gusts of 35-45 mph
  • Times of Mix and/or Heavy Sleet Near I-95
  • Very Difficult to Impossible Travel

Area Under Winter Weather Advisory (N.J. & Del. Suburbs):

  • Snow and Sleet, Heavy at Times
  • Periods of Rain/Snow Mix or All Rain
  • Wind Gusts of 35-45 mph
  • Sharp Drop Off in Snow Totals from NW to SE
  • Very Difficult Travel

The Shore and Delaware Beaches:

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  • Coastal Flood Warning and High Wind Watch
  • Heavy Rain and Strong Wind
  • Some Mix at Onset, Some Snow at Tail End
  • Wind Gusts as High as 55 mph
  • Very Difficult Travel
  • Impassable Roads Due to Tidal Flooding

Heavy snow, the accumulation of sleet and/or ice, strong gusty winds and various combinations of these elements will pose the threat for power outages across the entire region.

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Additionally, bitter cold will prevail following the storm’s exit. Highs near and sub-freezing on Thursday and Friday, will not yield much melting. This means snow-covered and icy roads may persist for up to several days following this event.

Be safe and avoid travel if possible.

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