Northeast Times

Snow blows in by 6 p.m. Jan. 2

For­get all that Winter Won­der­land bunk. If you can get your­self in­doors today while the roads are still clear, do it. The Na­tion­al Weath­er Ser­vice in Mount Holly, N.J., is pre­dict­ing heavy snow throughout Great­er Phil­adelphia from 6 p.m. today (Thursday, Jan. 2) to 1 p.m. Fri­day (Jan. 3). The weath­er ser­vice has is­sued a Winter Storm Warn­ing for snow and blow­ing snow.

Snow ac­cu­mu­la­tions could run from 3 to 7 inches.

Here’s the re­mainder of the cold facts:

— The storm should ar­rive from the south and east and start as rain or rain-snow mix this af­ter­noon and change to all snow this even­ing. Most of the snow will come to­night in­to Fri­day morn­ing.

— Travel should be­come haz­ard­ous this even­ing as ow be­gins to ac­cu­mu­late. This will be an in­creas­ingly fluffy ow and as winds in­crease to­night. Blow­ing and drift­ing ow will make travel even more haz­ard­ous.  Road plow­ing op­er­a­tions will be greatly af­fected, es­pe­cially due to blow­ing and drift­ing snow and also snow­fall rates near an inch per hour at times dur­ing the height of the storm overnight to­night. It is pos­sible that the com­bin­a­tion of snow and wind cre­ates near-bliz­zard con­di­tions at times. Vis­ib­il­ity will be less than a half-mile to­night.

— Blow­ing snow? Yes. Winds will blow 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

— Tem­per­at­ures will range between the lower 30s to lower 40s this af­ter­noon, then fall in­to the 20s and teens to­night. All areas should be in the teens by day­break Fri­day. Where tem­per­at­ures start out well above freez­ing today, flash freez­ing can oc­cur to­night as tem­per­at­ures rap­idly drop be­low freez­ing and the snow in­creases.

For ad­di­tion­al up­dates and weath­er in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.weath­er.gov/phi

For fur­ther in­form­a­tion on emer­gency pre­pared­ness, vis­it www.phila.gov/ready  ull;•

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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