Rain’s Coming But Freezing Isn’t as Big of a Concern

While much of the Philadelphia region continued digging out from last weekend's huge winter storm, drivers dealt with spotty freezing rain Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service said accumulations wouldn't be thick but could be enough to make driving hazardous as they issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Mercer, Montgomery and New Castle counties.

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More rain will move in Tuesday afternoon but without the big risk of icy spots.

"We will see another round of showers later this afternoon but temperatures have already warmed up," said NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Bill Henley

Temps should remain in the 40s through the afternoon in Philadelphia, the immediate suburbs and points south and east where rain should fall. Even the Lehigh Valley should be warm enough before wet weather moves in.

"It will warm up ahead of any showers arriving in the Lehigh Valley, said Bill.

The ice concerns came as hundreds of schools remained closed as the region dug out from a storm that left nearly 2 feet of snow in Philadelphia and more than 30 inches in part of the Lehigh Valley.

Will more icy spots pop up Wednesday morning?

"Less likely we will see freezing conditions tomorrow morning," said Bill. "There may some pockets but those areas should be nice and dry."

Overnight freezing from melting snow could continue to be a problem in the morning but temps should push near 40 Wednesday and remain above freezing throughout the day in Philadelphia, said Bill.

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