Weather Authority: Double dose of winter to start Thursday night

The Philadelphia area is facing a potential double dose of winter later this week and over the weekend, but some may wind up seeing more rain than snow.

Thursday Night- Friday Morning

System number one will move in Thursday evening between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Precipitation is expected to start off as snow before likely changing to rain for most of the Delaware Valley between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. Friday morning. The changeover will keep snow accumulations to about a coating to an inch of snow in the city.

Areas to the north and west of the city could see 1-3 inches of snow, while some areas in the Poconos could see 3 inches or more, with the Lehigh Valley less likely to see any rain.

South Jersey and Delaware can expect to see mostly rain Thursday into Friday.

Saturday Night- Sunday Morning

System number two won't reach the area until Saturday evening, but it will be packing a lot more moisture.

As of Wednesday, the storm is expected to move in with a quick hit of snow in Philadelphia before changing over to heavy rain. Sunday morning, the rain should briefly turn back into snow and a wintry mix before the storm moves out of the area.

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.

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Here's a quick look at the next few days:

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny and breezy. High of 41

THURSDAY: Late snow/mix. High of 35

FRIDAY: Morning mix, afternoon sun. High of 44

SATURDAY: Evening snow turning to rain. High of 36

SUNDAY: Rain to snow. High of 47