WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Snow, steadiest through evening, gradually ending overnight; otherwise blustery and cold. Low: 26
THURSDAY: Brisk and chilly with partial sunshine. High: 42
THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, brisk, and cold. Low: 27
It doesn't get more un-spring-like than this, as the fourth winter storm so far this March has brought heavy snow, brisk winds, and unseasonably cold temperatures for the first few days of spring. A steady snow that began early Wednesday morning has continued through the afternoon, varying from light to moderate and occasionally heavy, in terms of intensity. In those heavier bands, snowfall rates from one to two inches per hour and visibility to a quarter-mile was the rule.
Snowfall totals, so far, have ranged from anywhere from two to four inches well to the north, with a sharp cutoff on the northern side, to four to eight inches for many as of mid-afternoon, with some places, especially those with somewhat higher elevations, already reporting more than eight to as much as 10 or 11 inches of snow, with at least a few more inches still to come for many of us Wednesday night.
Bands of steadier snow will continue to rotate through eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey through the late-afternoon and evening hours before the steadiest snows will shift east, closer to the shore, as our coastal storm starts to inch away from the coast. Lighter snow will continue through around midnight, after points east, but should become more scattered as the storm wraps up and taper to flurries well before sunrise.
Brisk northerly, then northwesterly, winds will continue to add an extra chill to the already-cold air, as temperatures drop into the mid-20s and allow any untreated surfaces to become icy. Additional snowfall will be higher the farther south and east you travel, where the snow will last the longest, so areas farther to the west and north may see an additional inch or two, while areas points south and east could see as much as three to six additional inches before the snow finally wraps up.
Thankfully, the rest of the forecast is free of any big storms, and at least for now, there's no fifth March storm in sight. Unfortunately, the lower-than-average temperatures will be the rule through the weekend. Our average high for mid- to late-March should be in the low 50s, and our high temperatures will consistently remain in the low- to mid-40s through Monday, with overnight temperatures in the low- to mid-20s, also below our seasonal averages. Brisk winds at times will make it feel a bit colder as well.
Expect a mix of clouds and some sunshine, with perhaps a flurry or snow shower on Friday in the Poconos and a snow or perhaps a rain shower anywhere on Sunday, but no widespread snow is expected for the foreseeable future.
Come next week, a modest warming trend may finally allow temperatures to climb past 50 degrees, with highs in the low- to mid-50s come the middle of the week. The milder weather could come with a few rain showers, but no organized systems are expected to impact our area through next week, and compared to where we've been so far this month, most of us will welcome the fact that any showers would be rain and not snow next week.
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|Record||92°F April 22, 1985||28°F April 22, 1981|