PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A one-two blow from Mother Nature will hit the Philadelphia region this weekend as the Delaware Valley will handle brutally cold Arctic air followed by a potent storm system Sunday night. The cold is here – Saturday morning’s low in the city dropped to 16 degrees cold with a wind cold of zero, making it the season’s coldest morning so far in Philadelphia.
Highest Saturday will peak in the low to mid-20s with wind chills just barely creeping into adolescence – the coldest day since February 1, 2019.
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It’s dry through late Sunday afternoon, and then comes blow # 2 – a strong storm that brings winter weather to large parts of the nation, including the threat of dangerous snow and ice as far south as Georgia and Alabama. For the Philadelphia region, however, the storm will track into the country across the region, meaning that for most of us, the predominant type of precipitation will be rain.
This will likely start as snow from the I-95 corridor northwest just after sunset Sunday.
Philadelphia may want to collect an inch of snow before the transition. Areas north of the city will see more snow before the transition to a short period of sleet and then heavy rain.
One to 3 inches is likely in the northwest suburbs, 3 to 6 inches can hit parts of the Lehigh Valley, and 6-plus inches are possible in the Poconos.
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But once the rain starts, it will quickly wash away much of the snow as warmer air rises, and we will be concerned about heavy rain and possible local floods when the rain runs from the frozen soil.
Wind will also be an issue, gusts above 50 mph are possible, especially down the coast, and scattered power outages are possible. Coastal floods also worry along the coast as a sustained east wind hits the coast.
In terms of time, the heaviest precipitation is likely to be from kl. 18:00 Sunday to 03.00 on Monday, then slowly subsiding in the morning and possibly ending as a short period of snow or snow showers when cold air packs back behind the storm.
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