Icy Roads, Strong Winds, Bitter Cold After Snow Showers

Be careful if you're driving early Wednesday morning as leftover moisture from Tuesday's snow showers, as well as bitter cold temperatures, are causing icy road conditions in the north and west suburbs, as well as parts of Philadelphia.

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The weather is believed to have played a role in a crash that caused a dump truck to overturn along Route 202 at Bristol Road in Warrington, Bucks County. The crash is one of numerous around the region related to icy roads.

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With the icy roads also come heavy winds. Winds are gusting near 50 mph and a Wind Advisory was in effect until 5 a.m. for the region. A cold front is causing the heavy winds and also pulling down arctic air. Wind chills will be in the single digits Wednesday morning for Philly and the north and west suburbs and could drop to -3 degrees in the Poconos.


The actual temperature won't be much warmer with highs in the upper 20s in Philadelphia and in the teens in the north and west suburbs Wednesday morning. Wednesday's high will only be 29 degrees while the strong winds will make it feel like the teens through the afternoon.


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We'll warm up a bit Thursday with a high of 39 and even more Friday with a high of 50. With Friday's warmth comes late rain that will continue into Saturday. Temperatures will drop to the low 40s Saturday and even more Sunday which will have a high of 39.

Wednesday's bitter cold and heavy wind follow the first snow of the season for Philadelphia, though it wasn't much.

The band of snow from the west moved into the Poconos, Lehigh Valley and parts of the north and west suburbs early Tuesday evening and hit the Philadelphia area shortly before 8 p.m. It wasn't a traditional winter storm however but rather snow showers, which are scattered, quick and leave little accumulation. The snow was enough to be a slight nuisance in the Philly area leaving a coating on some roads and sidewalks and causing some low visibility for drivers. The city had set a record for going the farthest into winter without a flake reported prior to Tuesday's snow.

The snow moved out around 9 p.m. leaving between a coating to an inch in the region.

Snow already fell in the Poconos and parts of the north and west suburbs Tuesday afternoon though Philadelphia only saw rain earlier due to warmer temperatures in the low 40s that melted the snow before it hit the ground.

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