The New Year is here and although the calendar has changed, the weather has not. The Arctic blast still has a tight grip on our region and snow will be coming leading to a First Alert for Wednesday into Thursday for some of the region.
Wednesday temperatures will inch toward freezing, but then another very cold blast of Arctic air sweeps in for the end of the week. And in between, an ocean storm will give us a chance of snow, especially along the coast.
The storm that could bring us the first snow of 2018 will be over northern Florida and Georgia, dropping a wintry mix there on Wednesday morning.
The NBC10 weather team has issued a First Alert for 9 p.m. Wednesday through noon Thursday for Philadelphia, the immediate suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware. Snow arrives in southern Delaware and along the Jersey Shore Wednesday night, with a potential of spreading inland for the Thursday morning commute.
The storm is forecast to be centered well offshore, which would normally keep us dry. However, the potential size of the storm will give much of the northeast a chance of snow. So stay tuned for potential changes.
As the storm moves farther northeast, it is expected to intensify, bringing snow to New England, while it tapers off in our area. Snow totals in our area could vary significantly by neighborhood with the most snow expected in southern Delaware and along the Jersey Shore.
Here are the estimated snow totals for our area.
The storm will pull away from the Jersey Shore Thursday afternoon, but then bitter winds return.
Winds gusting to near 50 mph are possible late Thursday night and into Friday morning.
Those strong gusty winds may lead to record low temperatures Friday and dangerously cold feels-like wind chills well below zero.
Both Friday and Saturday will be dangerously cold, but by Monday, we finally get a break as temperatures will briefly warm to normal levels.