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Bitter Cold Moves in After Spring Storm Drops Snow

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    NEWSLETTERS

    After some snow overnight, the warm-up will be slow Wednesday.

    Bundle up when you step outside this morning. Less than a week after temperatures were in the high 70s and 80s, freezing cold air brought in light snow and temperatures ranging from the mid-20s to low 30s to our area.

    The unseasonable cold prompted the National Weather Service to issue a freeze warning which will last until 9 a.m. this morning.

    The cold air moved through after a large storm front that battered the region with rain, high winds and thunderstorms moved out.

    The storm system pushed into the region late Tuesday morning and lasted throughout the day into the night.

    The storm carried a lot of moisture and the rains were heavy at times throughout the afternoon. Winds also gusted through the 20 and 30 mph range throughout the day.

    Isolated thunderstorms developed around 1 p.m. as the cold front clashed with the warmer air that was set in place over the region. Heavy winds from the storm caused large trees to topple in Abington, Pa.

    As the rain continued to fall, so did the temperatures. Highs were around 60 degrees Tuesday afternoon but the mercury started to drop after 3 p.m. By 11 p.m., the temperature across most of the region hit the 30s.

    As the temperatures dropped, the moisture combined with the cold air, causing snow and sleet to fall in parts of our area.

    Snow in Reading, Pa.

    The snow caused little accumulation everywhere but the Poconos and moved out well before the morning rush.

    The storm system will be gone by Wednesday morning, but in its wake will be freezing temperatures and blustery winds.

    The Freeze Warning could mean a tough morning for vegetation and spring plants that have already bloomed.

    "If you have any spring plants or anything that just bloomed that you don't want to get damaged, you might want to cover that up tonight," said NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Sheena Parveen.

    Temperatures hovered around 32 degrees in Philadelphia before daybreak and in the mid 20s for areas north and west. The cold air will eventually warm into the 50s by Wednesday afternoon.