Chilly Change Could Bring Wintry Weather to Parts of the Philadelphia Region

Hold on tight because a big change is coming in the NBC10 First Alert Weather forecast that could bring snow, sleet and/or freezing rain to parts of the greater Philadelphia region.

Step outside Monday and you wouldn't believe nasty weather could be on the way. Temperatures on Monday pushed into the 60s — well above the normal high of around 50 degrees — with a chance of spotty, light showers in the evening.

Overnight is when the major change comes as temps might not break 40 on Tuesday with winds increasing to make it feel like below freezing in some areas.

“It’s going to be a dramatic drop in temperatures,” said NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Brittney Shipp. “People are going to wake up to cold air.”

And they could wind up driving home in a wintry mix — especially north and west, said Shipp.

Rain is expected to develop during the day Tuesday with sleet possible north and west of the city and even some snow in high terrains and the Poconos, said Shipp.

The National Weather Service had yet to issue any advisories or warnings for any Philadelphia area counties by midday Monday, but did issue a Hazardous Weather Outlook calling for “the potential for a light accumulation of snow and sleet on Tuesday followed by the possibility of freezing rain on Tuesday night.”

Motorists should also prepare to give themselves some extra time to get around as slippery roadways could slow traffic especially after the evening rush.

“Some of our temperatures at the surface will be right at freezing but there will be warm air coming in… so that combination could produce freezing rain and that means slick spots Tuesday night,” said Shipp.

Don’t expect anything that falls to last too long on the ground as temps are expected to push back up around 50 as the wet weather moves out Wednesday morning.

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