PHILADELPHIA (FOX 29) - A strong winter storm system will bring snow, rain and a flash freeze to our area over the weekend followed by arctic air.
Pennsylvania and New Jersey governors have declared a State of Emergency in anticipation of part two of a roller coaster of winter weather after it brought some light snow overnight Friday, causing delayed openings for dozens of area schools.
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for parts of the area starting Saturday. The watch goes into effect Saturday at 1 p.m. and ends Sunday at 4 p.m. The heaviest snowfall is expected over northern portions of our area.
Saturday Night- Sunday Morning
System number two won’t reach the area until Saturday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. but it will be packing a lot more moisture.
It should start as all snow or a wintry mix before changing to heavy rain by 10 p.m.-midnight Saturday through the overnight into Sunday morning.
Once the precipitation stops, we won’t be out of the woods. Arctic air will rush in Sunday and could cause flash freezing as temperatures plunge and wind chills fall below zero degrees Sunday night into Monday morning.
Once again, the highest snow amounts are likely to fall in the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos.
Monday Morning Freeze
The final part of our wintry stretch will come Sunday afternoon into Monday as temperatures fall from the 40s into the teens overnight.
Monday’s high is only expected to reach 16 degrees and blustery winds will keep wind chills in the single digits.
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Here’s a quick look at the next few days:
FRIDAY: Morning mix, afternoon sun. High of 44
SATURDAY: Evening snow turning to rain. High of 36
SUNDAY: Rain to snow. High of 47
MONDAY: Bitter, blustery. High of 16