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V-Day Weekend: Winds Bring Cold But What About Snow?

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    Winds gusted through the Philadelphia area on Thursday.

    What winds! That was about as windy a day as you can get without precipitation.

    The cold front had already passed and the storm center is WAY north of us Thursday afternoon. But, the circulation around that storm is what is caused these incredible winds.

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    Just take a look at some of these gusts:

    • 64 mph in Philadelphia (not at the airport) at 5:28 a.m.
    • 64 mph in Forks Twp., Northampton County at 11 a.m.
    • 60 mph in Wilmington, Del. (at the airport) at 5:55 a.m.
    • 50 mph gusts were reported in many other places and some wind damage was reported.

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    The winds are bringing in colder air, but not arctic air. Temperatures Friday will still get into the 40s, but 20-30 mph winds will make it feel much colder.

    The cooling trend will continue Friday night and Saturday, but temperatures should still be near the average for this time of year.

    So, what about the snow chance for Valentine's Day?

    The computer models are even less impressive Thursday than they were Wednesday, when there was about a 50-50 split on snow/no snow.

    It's more like a 20 to 30 percent chance of getting some snow late Saturday or Saturday night. Even if it does snow, it is not likely to be heavy.

    Then Sunday is another chilly, but not brutally cold day, with mostly sunny skies.