Thursday, February 16, 2012

Damp, Showery Later On Today

We're starting off today with temperatures in the 20's and 30's through almost all of the region, generally under cloudy skies.   A weak storm system will move in from the west today, bringing light showers off and on through the day...with the greatest concentration of them this afternoon and this evening around the region. We already have some of those showers moving into parts of the region and at 6 AM some sleet and light freezing rain was reported at Lancaster with a band of showers moving through there as temperatures are just below freezing.  Most of the region should avoid freezing or frozen precipitation this morning but with temperatures starting out near freezing the northern and western burbs might see a brief hit of sleet this morning, with a little bit more sleet and possibly light snow falling in the Lehigh Valley, Berks County, and Poconos.

Showers will transition to a steadier round of light rain later on today as the storm system moves through from the west.  Light rain should continue into the evening before tapering off by Midnight across the region.  This isn't going to be a big deal storm system by any stretch but a quarter inch of rain may fall, with the Poconos possibly seeing an inch or so of snow before transitioning over to light rain late today.

Temperatures will get to around 40 in the Lehigh Valley, in the mid 40's throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, and in the mid and upper 40's south of the city.  I pegged 46 for a high in Philadelphia but might be a bit optimistic on projecting the high for the city today...it's possible we may be a few degrees cooler than this if precipitation is a bit more consistent earlier in the day.  Winds will be light but it will be a damp, raw day ahead.