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7:15 AM | Major coastal storm to bring significant snow to the interior Mid-Atlantic on Saturday after a changeover from rain

Paul Dorian

6-Day Forecast

Today

Mostly sunny, chilly, near 50

Tonight

Becoming cloudy and quite chilly with a cold rain developing late at night, breezy, lows in the mid 30’s

Saturday

Cloudy, windy and cold with rain mixing with and then changing to a heavy, wet snow during the afternoon and accumulations are likely; especially, to the north and west of Philly and at higher elevation localities, potential for some downed tree limbs and power outages due to the weight of the wet snow; low 40’s for highs, but it’ll drop into the 30’s during the height of the storm; hard freeze possible by early Sunday morning

Sunday

Mostly sunny, still very cool, near 50

Monday

Mostly sunny, still very cool, low 50’s

Tuesday

Partly sunny, cool, low-to-mid 50’s

Wednesday

Partly sunny, cool, mid 50’s

Discussion

A major coastal storm will spread a cold rain our way late Friday night into early Saturday and then the rain is likely to mix with and then change over to a heavy, wet snow. Accumulations are likely with the greatest chance of significant accumulations to the north and west of Philly and in higher elevation localities where several inches can pile up. The weight of the heavy wet snow is liable to bring down some tree limbs possibly causing scattered power outages. The storm pulls away Saturday night and there could be a hard freeze for the first time this season by early Sunday morning. This unusual late October winter storm does not mean that we’ll stay cold from here on out; in fact, we’ll head towards the mid-50’s for highs by mid-week. Expected snowfall accumulations: 1-3 inches in Philly; 3-6 inches in the N/W suburbs. An interesting tidbit: Philadelphia has not had measureable October snow since 1979 when 2.1 inches fell on the 10th and before that was all the way back in 1940.

Video

httpv://youtu.be/e4oNg3M8EBE