Recently, Philadelphia broke its own record for the longest period without an inch of snow. This weekend however, Philly’s snow drought could come to an icy end. A major winter storm is expected to slam into cities across the eastern United States. As a result, some cities can expect heavy rain and snowfall.
A Winter Storm Is On Its Way
Although too early to say for sure which cities will see snow or rain, what is known, is that a winter storm is indeed on its way. It’s been over 700 days since Philadelphia has seen more than an inch of snow.
The first weekend of the New Year could change all of that.
Again, there is no guarantee that Philadelphia itself will see accumulating snow. However, depending on how the system changes as it gets closer, the city will be affected by the winter weather. Those outcomes will depend heavily on the storm’s timing, intensity and track.
According to CBS meteorologist, Andrew Kozak, at this preliminary time, it’s likely that areas north of Philadelphia will see accumulating snow, while the city itself sits on the line of slushy snow and a wintry mix.
Expect wet roads while grassy surfaces have a better chance of accumulating snow.
How To Prepare
In any case, now is the time to prepare for what might very well be the most significant winter storm in nearly two years. .
Philadelphians and those across the Delaware Valley can prepare for a weekend winter storm by ensuring they have essentials for daily living such as food, water, and toiletries. Now is also a good time to prepare the blowers, shovels, and salt.
“Heavy precipitation will spread across the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic and possibly the Northeast this coming weekend, with increasing potential for heavy snow to the north and west of the low,” the Weather Prediction Center said.
“Exact amounts and precipitation type for some of the major East Coast cities remains highly uncertain at this point, but does need to be watched.”
Of course, the best way to stay prepared is to stay informed. Be sure to stay up-to-date on all things winter weather related here.