NBC10Philadelphia.com - Glenn Schwartz
Things will start out a bit foggy this Christmas. But the skies will eventually clear, giving way to sunshine.
It was a white Christmas for parts of the area after a wintry mix of rain and snow hit the region on Christmas Eve.
There wasn't much snow Monday night but some areas saw accumulation.
But last night's wintry mix won't be the last storm of 2012. We're still due for not one, but two more before the end of the year.
STORM 1: The Weakest
While the snow and rain cleared out Christmas morning, a Winter Weather Advisory was still in effect until 7 a.m. in the Poconos as well as Berks, Lehigh and Northampton Counties due to some isolated patches of light freezing.
The rest of the area saw some rain and slush. Snow flurries even dropped in Center City Monday afternoon despite temperatures staying above freezing.
STORM 2: The Wettest
Wednesday and especially Wednesday night we will see another, stronger storm move up from Texas. It will have a LOT of moisture with it, so it has more potential to cause problems.
The storm will mostly be in the form of snow and heavy rain and possibly significant icing in parts of the area. The heaviest snow will hit most areas in the afternoon. As the atmosphere warms up, there is a larger area of icing potentially and then heavy rain, maybe even thunderstorms, south of Philadelphia.
Any period of snow could lead to significant accumulations, so it will be watched closely. There could also be a period of sleet or freezing rain in some areas. The rain could be heavy South and east of Philly, where all rain is expected. Some areas could see more than 2 inches of rain.
Gusty winds are also expected, and there’s even a chance of some coastal flooding. The storm will begin to clear on Thursday however and we're in for plenty of sunshine on Friday.
STORM 3: The “Snowiest”
The third and final Holiday storm, which comes in on Saturday, could be a bit colder at the start. The track of the low should be farther south. That combination leads to the POTENTIAL of more snow than the other two storms, even in the city and surrounding suburbs. It’s going to be another close call for snow vs. rain.
The storm will likely move quickly, so it probably won't be a monster storm like some of the ones we’ve seen in the past few years.
But, it is still too early to make a call on this storm. Stay tuned throughout the week for updates.