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Snowy and Wet New Year's Eve on Tap

Fireworks and outdoor festivities should be just fine



    Snowy and Wet New Year's Eve on Tap
    Tom Milewski

    The decade is going to end with some of Mother Nature's confetti as a weak winter storm moves through the area.

    Snow already began to fall in Philadelphia by 6 a.m. Thursday as a winter weather advisory was set to take effect.

    The advisory was issued for most of the tri-state -- with the exception of the shore -- from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., NBC Philadelphia meteorologist Michelle Grossman said.

    In Philadelphia, the snow will eventually transition into sleet and rain throughout the day. A coating to 1-inch of accumulation is expected -- mostly on grassy surfaces.

    Areas north and west could see 1-3-inches of snow and slush and the south and east will see some sleet and mostly rain.

    "Temperatures will slowly rise later this morning and afternoon so the roads will improve slowly," NBC Philadelphia meteorologist Dave Warren said.

    Morning commuters seemed to be caught off-guard by the storm with at least a dozen minor accidents on the major roadways by 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

    Get the latest road conditions before you head out the door at the Traffic Center.

    So what does all this mean for tonight's festivities?

    Just that you should dress appropriately if you're headed out to catch fireworks or ring in 2010 with friends and family. Grossman says it shouldn't be too cold, which is so very welcomed. Both 6 p.m. and midnight Philly waterfront fireworks shows should be just fine.

    "It will remain dry throughout the afternoon but another area of low pressure will move into the area tonight," Warren said. "More precipitation is expected beginning this evening and lasting until tomorrow morning."

    So if you're headed to the Mummers Parade, make sure to layer up.

    Stay happy and safe!

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