Winter Weather Advisory Issued: What to Expect on Thursday
It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but our first round of wintry weather is expected to arrive today (Thursday).
A mixture of rain & snow is expected to be falling across in just a few hours. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our area.
So here's the latest forecast:
Thursday: Storm Arrives
The leading edge of precipitation has arrived. The first snowflakes are falling in our area, and with temperatures right around freezing, it may be a little sloppy outside.
Forecasters say the worst of the storm should be between "lunch time and dinner time" for much of our area. Warmer air will surge in throughout the afternoon so whatever is falling will slowly transition over to rain across the area.
The National Weather Service says that we'll see up to a slushy inch of snow (mainly on grassy surfaces) with some light icing possible.
Thursday afternoon: How much snow will fall?
How much snow will fall?
Philadelphia - Up to 1" of snow
Mercer County - Up to 1" of snow
Northern Bucks County - as much as 2" of snow.
One degree difference could have a HUGE effect on what we see.
Winter Weather Advisory Issued
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 10 am until 9 pm saying that 1-3" of snow is expected with a light glaze of ice.
"Plan on slippery road conditions," they write. "The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving."
What about ice?
As we know in these types of storms, it's not always the snow that causes problems. Some minor icing is possible too as sleet could fall in the area.
"Current (forecast) model trends are colder which plays more towards a sleet scenario," the National Weather Service says.
Any ice accumulation can be incredibly dangerous on the roads:
Thursday evening: It goes over to rain
By Thursday evening it will be mostly (if not all) rain falling across the area, and we could get a good amount of rain too.
That rain will last into the early hours of Friday morning, but the weekend does look clear.
Bottom line: Take it easy on Thursday
Don't expect a "winter wonderland" tomorrow as it will be pretty sloppy looking out there, and it doesn't look like it's the kind of situation where schools in Mercer County will be closing on Thursday.
A few in Bucks County have announced plans for an early dismissal, however, at this point.
But we all know that ANY kind of precipitation seems to cause delays on Route 1, Route 295 and more. Plus, the first storm of the season always wreaks havoc on the roads. So you'll want to take it easy.