Thursday, December 08, 2011

Drying Out, Clearing Up, Cleaning Up

Last night's soaking rain (and snow) has more than departed the region, with colder weather entering in its wake.   Rain did change to snow in the suburbs around Midnight but the fast movement of precipitation and a slightly slower ooze of chill resulted in snowfall not falling long enough for it to stick locally.   It did stick in the Poconos and in the higher elevated areas of the Lehigh Valley, with four inches of snow picked up in Tobyhanna and a couple of inches in parts of the hills of Berks and Lehigh County.   The coatings just didn't make it too far southeast in time and the rain simply was haulin' along at a fast clip.

Even though rainfall was haulin' along -- it was heavy...over two inches in many spots throughout the Delaware Valley yesterday and last night, with some three inch amounts to our south in Central Delaware.  Flooding of the usual suspect streams has occurred in many spots and the Schuylkill has some minor flooding this morning in Montgomery County.  Rivers should crest over the next few hours, with streams receding through the morning hours.

Skies will clear towards or just after sunrise, with mainly sunny skies for the duration of the day.  A gusty northwest wind that's with us this morning will gradually subside after midday although morning wind gusts to 30-40 mph aren't out of the question.   Despite the chilled breeze, the sun in place through the day will help temperatures will nudge slowly higher over the course of the day to a high of 46 in Philly, with mid 40's common north of town and upper 40's common south.