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Winter Storm Watch, 4-8" New Snow on Feb 8-9, 2016

The National Weather Service in Mt Holly NJ has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Ridley Park in effect from late tonight (February 8, 2016) through late Tuesday night, February 9.  A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Residents should continue to monitor the latest forecast for updates on this storm

Snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected to develop late tonight and may become moderate or heavy especially south and west of Philadelphia. The snow has the potential to be moderate or heavy for a period either Tuesday or Tuesday night. Snow may also mix with rain closer to the coast and in the Delmarva.

Snow is expected to impact travel late Monday night through the Tuesday morning commute and into Tuesday night.

Winds, north 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph with temperatures in the lower 30s.

Snowfall and ice accumulation forecast maps in addition to experimental probabilistic snowfall information for the latest event are available online.

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Comment by RidleyParkOnline on February 10, 2016 at 9:07am

This event is nearly over and this storm was a bust. With a minimum prediction of three inches possible, the snow happened west of Ridley Park and we received only two dustings of fluffy white. 

The first occurred overnight in the early Tuesday morning hours. Nice on the lawns and cars but this melted by 11AM'ish. The second dusting, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, coated lawns and cars and left the roadways and sidewalks unscathed.

Comment by RidleyParkOnline on February 9, 2016 at 12:30pm

@Ken Harper - You're welcome.  Overnight this storm didn't pan out the way it was expected. I hate to write something and have Mother Nature come upon us, so I'll wait till it's over for a recap.

Comment by Kenneth Harper on February 8, 2016 at 3:51pm

Thanks RPOL !!

Comment by RidleyParkOnline on February 8, 2016 at 3:27pm

NOAA discussion says:

"The greatest potential for 5 or more inches of snowfall exists in a rather narrow swath somewhere approximately as far north as Philadelphia and as far south as Dover. Another challenge with this event is trying to pinpoint the timing of the heavier snow. The watch goes starts late tonight and continues 28 hours through Tuesday night. We are not expecting a long duration event but NWS went wide in time to account for the uncertainty in when the heavier snow band develops.

A clipper system is expected to pass to our north late friday.

A reinforcing shot of arctic air will make it into the region for the weekend. Temperatures could be 15-20f below normal next weekend and wind chill values below zero in the higher elevations.

Comment by RidleyParkOnline on February 8, 2016 at 3:21pm
3:30PM Mon Feb 08 forecast:
Tonight: Snow, mainly after 1am. Low around 30. Northeast wind 6 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tuesday: Snow. High near 36. Northeast wind 11 to 16 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tuesday Night: Snow likely, mainly before 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 30. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

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