Snow ending; travel to be slick as temps go below freezing

Chilly, breezy but drier the rest of the week

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Snow ending early, then some clearing late; brisk and chilly. Slushy areas will freeze. Low: 28

THURSDAY: Brisk and chilly with clouds and some sunshine. High: 40

THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly to mostly cloudy; a snow shower in spots late. Low: 24


Winter storm warning for Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Luzerne, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Pike counties in Pennsylvania; Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Salem, Sussex, and Warren counties in New Jersey; and New Castle County, Delaware, through Wednesday night.


Our second coastal storm in less than a week delivered periods of heavy, wet snow to eastern Pennsylvania and all of New Jersey on Wednesday, with brisk winds mostly confined to areas closer to the shore. Thankfully, this storm was not nearly as windy as its predecessor last week, but it did deliver a more widespread snow to the entire area. It did not, however, snow everywhere equally, as some very heavy snow bands developed in some areas, especially points south and east, closer to Bucks and Montgomery counties, the Interstate 95 corridor, and much of New Jersey.

The highest snow totals were in areas that received those heavier bands, although the Poconos and other higher elevation locales also saw the higher totals due to colder temperatures allowing snow to more readily accumulate. As of mid-afternoon, those higher totals ranged from 8 to 10 inches, with snow still falling, while everywhere else picked up anywhere from 2 to 8 inches depending on location and elevation.

Winds along the coast gusted over 50 miles per hour, but winds diminished the farther inland you traveled, with gusts of only around 20 to 30 miles per hour, more so in New Jersey and less over Pennsylvania.

Snow will end from west to east fairly quickly Wednesday evening, with some clearing and drying taking place overnight. Winds will shift around from the north-northwest and may actually increase for all of us over the next few days and reinforce the cool air that is in place.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the upper 20s overnight, which is below freezing, so any water on untreated surfaces as well as any slushy areas will freeze up overnight and create some slick spots for travelers.The next few days will be much drier and quieter, although rather brisk and somewhat chilly for early March. Our average high temperature for this time of year is in the mid-40s, and we'll be running closer to 40 degrees each afternoon. Plus, we'll keep a blustery west to northwest breeze around 15 to 25 miles per hour, which will add an extra chill to the already cool air. Expect some sunshine both days, but also a fair amount of clouds as a colder pool of air hangs out across the northeastern part of the country.

A snow shower can't be ruled out in the Poconos on Thursday, and for any of us Thursday night and Friday morning as a weak disturbance pivots through the area, but no accumulation is expected.

The second weekend of March should be a cool and dry one. Partly sunny skies should prevail both Saturday and Sunday, and breezes will diminish just a bit, but a noticeable breeze around 10-15 mph will remain. Temperatures will hover in the low-40s each afternoon, with seasonably cold 20s expected each night.

Are you ready for another storm? If so, you may be out of luck. Yes, another storm is expected to intensify as it emerges off the Virginia coast early next week early Monday. There's a good chance, however, it stays far enough south to slide out to sea underneath us and leave most of us unscathed. This could produce some good snow in the Mid-Atlantic from Virginia to Maryland and Delaware, but it may stay to our south. This isn't definite yet, but it continues to be an encouraging trend if you've had it with snow and winter.

The cool air pattern looks to continue indefinitely through next week, and the breezes will again increase as that ocean storm slides by to our south, but for now, most of next week looks dry.

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