So, no, there are no signs of a break in this vicious winter.
However, we will — thank goodness — miss a mega-storm this weekend, which should help in the recovery process of restoring power to many homes still in the dark.
Over the upcoming weekend, a storm system well off the coast, combined with energy racing across the upper Ohio Valley, could produce a period of snow showers from Saturday night into Sunday morning. The region is should expect light accumulation, from a possible coating in most places and up an inch or two. The most likely areas to see accumulation is coastal Cape May County, N.J., and Central and Southern Delaware.
After snow subsides early Sunday, the rest of the day will be windy and cold. Earlier in the weekend, starting Friday, temperatures will be hard pressed to crack the freezing mark.
Three different weather services are predicting three different snowfall totals, making it difficult to forecast how much accumulation we will get when a storm hits Thursday in time for the afternoon commute.
Accuweather is offering the most conservative estimate, predicting 2 to 4 inches of the white stuff from the time the storm begins around 3 p.m. and ends about 12 hours later early Friday morning.
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., the regional headquarters of the government weather forecasting agency, at 5 p.m., was predicting 6 to 8 inches.
Finally, the Eastern PA Weather Authority, weighed in with a 6- to 10-inch snowstorm.
POTTSTOWN — Weather forecasters are calling for more snow today, with a possible accumulation of 6 to 8 inches across the region.
According to the National Weather Service, “there will be enough cold air in place for a widespread snowfall to occur, and there is the potential for significant accumulations” as a low pressure system moves across the Northeast today into Sunday. As the system moves away, temperatures, which have been dipping into the teens at night for the Philadelphia region, could rise, causing the snow to turn into sleet and freezing rain, the weather service warned.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties and the Philadelphia region from 7 this morning through 5 a.m. Sunday as a result. In addition to the heavy accumulation, the weather service warned a quarter inch of ice could accumulate at the end of the storm Sunday morning. The weather service warned travel conditions could be hazardous as bridges and overpasses could become slippery. “Bridges and overpasses tend to ice up first,” it said.
The heaviest snowfall times will be between 3 p.m. and midnight when snow will fall an inch an hour with visibility only one half mile, the weather service said. Temperatures will only be in the 20s and possibly into the teens in the Poconos. Gusty winds are also possible, the weather service said.
If you like variety, this will be the summer for you.
A few days of hot weather, followed by storm, then a few days of cooler weather. Repeat.
That could be what awaits us from June to August, based on several long-term forecasts.
“Maybe this is a summer where we don’t have long heat waves of a week or 10 days of 90 degrees,” said Millersville University meteorologist Eric Horst. “Instead, they come in smaller clusters, a couple of days in the 90s and then a front goes through and we get relief.”
This prediction is becoming an obsession in our area. Evidently a Berks County resident, who is also an amateur weather forecaster, is predicting the mother of all snow storms for March 7th. Lester Moyer, who writes Moyer’s Almanac, evidently successfully predicted the two major snow storms earlier this month. He is now predicting 40 inches of snow for March 7th (worse case scenario).
Let us sincerely hope he is dead wrong! The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a temperature of 52 degrees for March 7th, with no snow.
We are certainly not out of the woods yet, snow wise. There is a prediction for more snow tomorrow (AccuWeather) with a total accumulation of 5 – 11 inches total. Snow will be starting Thursday morning with additional accumulation on Thursday night. However, the National Weather Service is predicting less than two inches for the same period.
We are finally getting the streets cleared and are starting to see people’s yards. I can see the curb on my street again!