Thunderstorm (Photo credit: m.prinke)
Severe weather is expected throughout the region today, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a number of severe weather alerts across the area. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect through 11:00am. A flood watch is in effect from 10:00am through late tonight.The U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club suspended play this morning due to the severe weather.
The National Weather Service advises people to tie down loose objects and use caution during the morning commute. The forecast calls for periods of moderate to heavy rain with wind and lightning associated with a line of showers and thunderstorms this morning. For an up-to-date forecast and information on the storm visit the National Weather Services website, http://www.weather.gov.
Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs are under a winter weather advisory in anticipation of Wednesday afternoon snowfall, according to the National Weather Service. The advisory, which is in effect from 4 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday, calls for “periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain” that could make travel difficult.
“Mixed precipitation will change to rain during the day before changing back to all snow toward the evening,” the advisory states. “Temperatures are forecast to be above freezing and this will assist melting … [but] some slushy accumulations are likely throughout the area.”
The NWS advises that travel will likely get more difficult as the day progresses and that residents should be aware of possible power outages resulting from high winds. Temperatures are forecasted to be in the mid-to-upper 30s, with wind gusts up to 45 mph. To stay up to date with the changing weather conditions visit http://www.weather.com.
A large winter storm is expected to hit the Philadelphia area and most of the northeastern United States Thursday through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. As much as 2 to 4 inches of snow is in the forecast for Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, mixed with some rain. Slightly less is expected in most of Chester and Delaware counties.
In general, the storm’s effects are expected to be more severe farther up the coast, with one to two feet predicted in parts of New England. Weather.com tracks the expected effects day by day from what The Weather Channel has christened Winter Storm Nemo. For more information stay tuned to www.weather.com and keep checking for up to date information, delays, and cancellations from around the area.
A huge storm moving into Pennsylvania today is expected to bring a mix of snow, ice and rain to the state. It has the potential to be severe in parts of the region Wednesday into Thursday. According to the National Weather Service, the storm will mostly be in the form of heavy rain, some snow and possibly significant icing in parts of the area.
Here’s what to expect: Philadelphia/I-95 Corridor: Brief snow beginning around noon, but warm air will move in quickly and change any snow to sleet, or even straight to rain. Rain will become heavy 6 p.m. to midnight, with some flooding possible. Temperatures will rise at night, and there could even be a thunderstorm.
South and east of the city: Rain begins in the late morning and becomes heavy by late in the day. Some thunderstorms are also likely, leading to localized flooding. Temperatures could jump into the 50s Wednesday night.
Gusty winds are also expected. The storm will begin to clear on Thursday however and we’re in for plenty of sunshine on Friday. Another storm is expected to hit on Saturday. The track of this one means more of the storm will be snow. As of Tuesday night, it doesn’t look like it will have as much moisture as Wednesday’s storm. It will also be moving quickly, so it is not likely to be a huge snowstorm. But with the storm track moving just south of us, much of this storm could be snow, even in the Philly and the surrounding suburbs, with at least some accumulation.
Heavy rain’s the main concern today for Philadelphia and its suburbs, while areas to the west and north could see snow on the ground by Thursday morning. Predicted snow accumulations range from a coating to an inch in outer Chester, Montgomery and Bucks Counties, to two to four inches for Reading and Allentown, to perhaps six inches in the Poconos. With up to three inches possible in places, a flood advisory will be in effect from 10 a.m. to late tonight from central Delaware to central Jersey.
Small streams and the usual poorly drained low-lying streets are likeliest to flood, potentially causing traffic headaches for both the morning and afternoon commutes – and, for some spots, perhaps even into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight, those western and northern areas should be snow mix in, followed by a changeover to just snow. Then colder temperatures will settle in, with highs in the 40s through the weekend, and lows around freezing mark for a few nights, followed by dips into the 20s Saturday and Sunday.
Some residents remain without power after Saturday’s storm and are reminded that, for future storms, personal preparedness is crucial. “The first thing we do is we urge everybody to be prepared, to take personal preparedness seriously,” said Robert Kagel, spokesman for the county’s Emergency Services Department. “Be sure to think about the things you need every single day of your life and know where they are so you can gather them quickly and be prepared.” Kagel said heavy clothing and winter blankets ought to be added to personal emergency kits should any kind of emergency arise during the winter season.
The emergency services department coordinates with hospitals, dialysis center providers, schools and home health care agencies, so that each one has a plan in the face of extreme weather, such as snowstorms, and that each has a generator and is well-staffed. “We’re ready for whatever Mother Nature is going to throw at us,” said Kagel. Kagel said the department will be prepared and is in close contact with the National Weather Service and commercial weather systems, although predictions about this winter season’s snowfall have yet to be made. “There’s nothing that’s pointing to being above or below normal (yet), so it’s tough to say what we’re going to see this winter,” said Jason Krekeler, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in central Pennsylvania.