The snow arrived right on schedule, putting down a fine coating on driveways, sidewalks and yards – but for the most part the roads remain just wet.
Still, you can expect slow going on your Wednesday morning commute.
The storm arrived as some rain overnight but is changing over to snow. As usual the western and northern suburbs will see the most accumulation.
Several schools reacted before the storm arrived to announce delays and late openings.
Here in Delaware County, we are looking at the possibility of 1-3 inches. Luckily, this storm will move out quickly. The snow should end by 10 a.m. Unfortunately, that will be too late for the morning commute.
Main roads in area, such as I-95 and the Blue Route, are reported just wet at this point.
AccuWeather does not see this as a monster storm – more of a nuisance style event, but one that still could make a mess of the Wednesday morning commute.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the far northwest suburbs through Wednesday morning; a Winter Storm Warning has been issued for The Poconos.
Here’s the call from the National Weather Service:
Wednesday: Snow likely, mainly before 9 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Northwest wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 19. Northwest wind 8 to 10 mph.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 37. West wind 8 to 11 mph.
We’re looking at maybe 1-3 inches here in the ‘burbs; with perhaps 4-6 inches farther north toward the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos.
The biggest impact of this latest storm is going to be in New England, according to the AccuWeather team. They report that while a fast-moving Alberta clipper storm will spread snow to the central Appalachians through Tuesday night, a new coastal storm is poised to blanket much of New England on Wednesday.
Snowfall over much of the central Appalachians and mid-Atlantic coast will be more of a nuisance as this area will be caught up in an atmospheric hand-off, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.
“The storm from the Midwest will weaken, while there will be a delay in the formation of a new storm over the Atlantic Ocean,” Pydynowski said.
Despite weakening, enough snow to shovel and plow is expected for much of West Virginia, parts of Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey and upstate New York through Tuesday night. Roads are likely to be snow-covered and slippery.
Since temperatures climbed well above freezing in Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, D.C., and other major metro areas in the Interstate 95 corridor on Tuesday, the roads may be wet at first later Tuesday night.
However, as colder air invades the storm, untreated roads and sidewalks are likely to become slushy and snow-covered on Wednesday.
“Motorists should be prepared for changing conditions during the Tuesday evening rush hour and Tuesday night,” Pydynowski said.
Airline delays due to deicing activities are likely in Philadelphia and New York City. Enough snow to cause similar delays are possible in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
As the new storm strengthens and travels northeastward, a swath of moderate snow is forecast to develop in northeastern Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey and the lower Hudson Valley of New York Tuesday night.
This snow will progress eastward and become the main storm in New England, while light snow, or a rain/snow mix extends to the mid-Atlantic coast on Wednesday.
Areas from central and northern Connecticut and to much of mainland Massachusetts, southeastern New Hampshire, coastal Maine and southeastern New Brunswick can expect enough snow to shovel and plow with a general 4- to 8-inch (10- 20-cm) accumulation. However, locally higher amounts close to 10 inches are possible.
In eastern Massachusetts, snowfall will ramp up from southeast to northwest with a slushy coating with mostly rain on Cape Cod to about 3 inches of a wintry mix in Boston to 6 inches of snow northwest of Route 128. Expect airline delays and the potential for flight cancellations at Boston.
“Bombogenesis is not expected with the storm,” Pydynowski said.
However, if the storm strengthens quickly a few inches of snow may fall on New York City. Rain mixing with snow could limit accumulations across Long Island, New York, and the southeast New England coast on Wednesday.
Substantial travel delays and disruptions to daily activities are likely in New England from the snowstorm on Wednesday.
Farther south, a separate storm is forecast to form in a similar manner near the Atlantic coast. That storm will spread a 1- to 3-inch snowfall from Virginia to northeastern North Carolina on Wednesday.
While chilly air follows the storm, there will be natural melting during the day and a freeze-up of runoff and wet areas at night through the end of the week. Motorists and pedestrians should be on the lookout for areas of black ice.
Tired of the snow and cold. Milder air will take hold this weekend, with temperatures on Saturday and Sunday looking to reach into the 60s. Perfect weather for Eagles tailgating.