DISCUSSION: With just 12 days till the beginning of spring, those living in New England are feeling as if Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow with the onset for warmer weather in the tristate area. With temperatures soar to upper 60's it difficult to believe that snow is in the forecast.
In the area a cold front is expected to settle in tonight, at first bringing rain associated with a low pressure system set to track east of the coast. As the cold front moves into the area it is expected to bring a shot of cold air advection, this will be evident as overnight temperatures dip into the 30's with Friday high temperatures of mid-30's. Precipitation in the Philadelphia area is expected to begin as rain, but as cooling occurs we should see snow mix in. Current readings are cooler in Northern Pennsylvania as some clouds move into the area with a heavy cold air line to the north. Tomorrows commute may be a bit challenging as 3-5 inches may accumulate north of Philadelphia, however this snow-band will move into the I-95 corridor giving wet conditions for the Friday morning commute.
Winter isn't over yet as evident by the Pennsylvania forecast, models also indicating the possibility for a nor'easter to move into the tristate early next week. Stay tuned to the Global Weather and Climate Center for updates on this and other weather related topics!
~Meteorologist Jessica Olsen