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WINTER STORM WATCH for the Poconos, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, Lancaster, Chester and all of the Delaware counties. A WINTER STORM WARNING has been posted for for the majority of our areas. The warning goes into effect Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning for the entire region. A BLIZZARD WATCH goes into effect during the same time period for Ocean and Monmouth Counties in New Jersey.
One of the largest snow storms so far this winter season will be developing off the east coast over the next 48 hours. The questions that need to be answered are: 1) how quickly will the storm intensify? and 2) how close to the shore will the storm be when it intensifies? This will ultimately determine what happens around here Monday night into Tuesday. There are several forecast models out there that are showing a MAJOR winter storm for all areas east of the I-95 corridor. Should this storm come to fruition snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour could develop along with 50 mph gusts along the coast.
TONIGHT: Turning cloudy and colder. Light mix to snow later tonight. Lows 22/26.
MONDAY: Breezy and colder with snow at times. Snowfall accumulations Monday morning will range anywhere from 1-3 inches across most of the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys. High 34. The potential for a second round of snow exists Monday night into Tuesday. At this time, we expect the area of low pressure to intensify just off the coast. Heavy snow is possible Monday night and into Tuesday. If the storm rapidly intensifies and throws back moisture across our area, we could see significant snowfall.
TUESDAY: The strength and timing of the storm will be key for our region. If the storm rapidly intensifies and throws back moisture across our area, we could see 8"-12" in the city; and 12"-18" in Central and Eastern Jersey. Four to eight inches is possible in the far western suburbs. High 26.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and cold. High 29.
THURSDAY: Partly sunny and cold. High 35.
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with a few flurries. High 36.
SATURDAY: Turning colder with a combination of sun and clouds. High: 25.
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. High: 29.