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.
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.