PHILADELPHIA - Following a springlike respite on Friday the Delaware Valley will return to winter in a big way over the weekend with rain and slushy snow accompanied by freezing cold temperatures.
As the storm approaches temperatures will plunge back into the 30s and 40s Saturday morning. Philadelphia and the surrounding areas will begin to see rain in the morning before another drop in temperatures changes precipitation to snow for most.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Carbon and Monroe counties through 7 p.m. Saturday. Winter Storm Watches have also been issed for parts of Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties.
A cold front is expected to move in during the afternoon, pulling temperatures down below freezing.
Changeover from rain to snow will first impact areas to the north and west of Philadelphia.
The Poconos could see snowfall totals between 3 and 6 inches, while areas like Allentown and Reading could see 2 to 3 inches.
Philadelphia, Wilmington and the rest of the I-95 corridor should see between a coating and 3 inches, according to the FOX 29 Weather Authority.
The storm will begin to taper off around in the mid-to-late afternoon with only a few pockets of slushy snow leftover. Blustery winds will pick up in the wake of the storm to make already near-freezing temperatures that much colder.
Heading into Sunday morning, temperatures will only be in the 20s.
Sunshine will return on Sunday, but temperatures will stay chill with highs only reaching 40 degrees. Conditions will turn milder on Monday and soar through the 60s by midweek.
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FRIDAY: Partly sunny. High: 60, Low: 33
SATURDAY: Rain to snow. High: 49, Low: 44
SUNDAY: Sun, chilly. High: 40, Low: 22
MONDAY: Mild, partly sunny. High: 59, Low: 32