First Flurries as Cold Weather Descends on Region

Make sure you have your heavy coat, scarf and hat on hand as cold temps grip the region Friday and Saturday

What to Know

  • Make sure you have your heavy coat, scarf and hat on hand as cold temps will grip the region Friday and Saturday.
  • It will be feeling much colder than we are used to.
  • The chance for the first snow of the season comes next week.

Cold weather like we haven’t experienced since last winter descended on the Philadelphia region in time for the weekend.

A cold front that brought in rain Thursday dropped temperatures in Philadelphia to around the freezing mark by Friday morning. Some neighborhoods even saw the first flurries of winter.

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Ready for Bitter Cold?

You will be feeling the chill when you step outside Friday morning. Winds will gust between 20 to 25 mph on Friday, making it feel colder than the high that ranges from the low to mid-40s in Delaware and South Jersey to the upper 30s to around 40 in the Lehigh Valley.

If you take the wind chill into account, it felt like the 20s across the region Friday morning. Parts of the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania suburbs also had the first flurries of the season, but there was no significant snowfall.

The significantly-below-average chill and clear conditions stick around into Saturday when the low bottoms out in the mid 20s in Center City to upper teens in the suburbs. Most places will feel like the teens Saturday morning. We only warm into the mid-40s on Saturday.

We aren’t used to the cold weather yet, so it could feel even harsher on your system. Here are some tips to prepare you (and your home): Check your heating system, check your fireplace and chimney, use lip balm and sleep with a humidifier.

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Sunday Relief

We get a brief break from the cold weather under sunny skies Sunday as highs push into the low to mid 50s in and around Philly.

The more mild conditions won't last.

Chance for Snow, Then January-Like Cold

Clouds build on Monday with highs getting into the 50s in many neighborhoods. A storm system then moves in Monday night and lasts through Tuesday.

The storm system is likely to bring us rain that could change to wet snow Tuesday evening. It is too soon at this point to determine specifics about the snowfall.

On thing we are confident about is another punch of cold temperatures Tuesday through Thursday. During that cold snap, highs are expected to only get into the 30s, which is more typical of January than November.

Stick with the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team on air and in our app through the weekend as we track the cold and get a clearer picture of the snow possibility for next week.

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