1-2 Punch of Mostly Rain, Possible Snow, Begins

The first of back-to-back storms moved into the Philadelphia region Tuesday morning as the duo of storms are expected to bring rain to most of the area and possibly a winter mix to areas north and west of the city, especially the Poconos.

Clouds increased early Tuesday leading to warmer temps and a lesser chance of snow.

"It's not cold enough for anything rather than rain in Philadelphia," said NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Bill Henley.


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Rain moved into Delaware from the south before daybreak Tuesday. The rain should be falling in Philly toward the end of the morning commute and then spread north and west bringing a possible wintry mix and snow to the Poconos, Lehigh Valley and higher elevations where it will be a race between the rain and warmer temps.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Northampton County and the Poconos as some snow and ice could fall. National weather forecasters say the storm could cause flooding in parts of central and eastern Pennsylvania.

Highs are expected to hit the 40s in and around Philly as winds build during the day with gusts above 20 mph.

The rain should taper off Tuesday night before a second round hits Wednesday.

The heaviest rain and possible thunderstorms could hit Wednesday afternoon with strong winds – gusts topping 40 mph along the coast and more than 30 mph gusts inland – possible with a coastal flood threat possible though no advisories or watches have been posted. Temps should get into the 40s again on Wednesday.

Dense fog is also possible Wednesday, said the weather service.

The heavy rain should continue overnight before finally clearing Thursday morning.

Temps will drop down around the freezing mark as a colder air mass moves in later Thursday.

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