Maybe it was too good to be true. After several days of warm temperatures and sunshine, we’re in for heavy rain, colder air and even the chance of a brief period of snow. Yes, you read that right. Snow.
The nasty turn in our weather is set to begin overnight into Tuesday morning, with heavy pockets of rain and a possible thunderstorm. Tuesday will be a rainy and windy day with winds gusting near 30 miles per hour. Temperatures will remain warm however with highs in the mid-60’s.
That changes however Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. As the cold front bringing rain to our area moves out, very cold air will start to move in. That cold air will cause temperatures to drop into the 30’s. It could also bring in a thin band of snow.
Several models are indicating the snow could hit west of our area by 8 p.m. on Tuesday before moving into Philly as well as parts of the North and West suburbs and South Jersey by 11 p.m.
If there is any snow, it will be brief, likely lasting up to an hour and a half and moving out well before the morning commute. Little to no accumulation is expected, with only a coating to two inches on grassy surfaces.
“The snow will be falling after the evening commute and well before the morning commute,” said NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Sheena Parveen. “I don’t think everyone is even going to see snow. I think we’re just going to have a very brief period of snow falling. At the same time it’s still going to be very windy so it’s going to be very hard for the snow to settle.”
The real issue Tuesday night into Wednesday will be the temperatures, with a freeze watch in effect for parts of the area. Temperatures will be below freezing during that time in the North and West and around the freezing level in Philadelphia. That means there could be the slight chance of some icy spots on roads.
“It doesn’t look like icing should be a threat Wednesday morning just because of how warm the roads have been,” said NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Sheena Parveen. “I don’t want to say there definitely won’t be any but it will be so brief that the chances of any bad road conditions will be very low.”
While Wednesday morning will be cold with temperatures in the low 30’s, they should rise into the 50’s by the afternoon. We’re then in for more sun and warmer temperatures Thursday and Friday.
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