Thursday Storm: Northeast Braces for Major Snowfall

National Weather Service says storm hits Thursday at 4 a.m.

MOUNT HOLLY NJ – A winter storm warning for portions of southeast Pennsylvania; central, northern, northwest and southern New Jersey; and northern Delaware issued by the U.S. National Weather Service office in Mount Holly will take effect Thursday (Feb. 18, 2021) at 4 a.m. and last until Friday (Feb. 19) at 10 a.m., it said.

Heavy mixed precipitation is expected, with total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze. The weather service warned “travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the Thursday morning, Thursday evening, and Friday morning commutes,” it added.

Its forecasters predicted snow will overspread the area early Thursday morning, and could be heavy at times in the morning and early afternoon. A change to sleet and freezing rain is expected by late afternoon or evening. Light wintry precipitation will likely continue into daytime hours on Friday.

Those who must travel were encouraged to “keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”

AccuWeather foresees ‘traffic-snarling snow,’ power outages

By the AccuWeather Global Weather Center
for The Post

STATE COLLEGE PA – Tens of millions of Americans in the Northeast are facing a round of travel-snarling snow and ice that could leave thousands without power and in the dark through the end of the week, State College-based AccuWeather meteorologists predicted Wednesday (Feb. 17, 2021) at 6 p.m.

Weather anticipated throughout much of Thursday (Feb. 18) “will be the caboose in what has been a veritable freight train of winter storms,” it said. The system is forecast to swing through the region, delivering a messy mix of weather hazards, as AccuWeather has warned for days. National Weather Service winter storm warnings and watches were in effect for a substantial part of the northeastern as of mid-day Wednesday.

“This storm, and its predecessor a couple of days earlier, accompanied by once-in-a-generation outbreak of frigid air, has left behind an absolute mess in the South Central states and is on the move,” AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.

“This one looks a little colder and the track [will be] a little farther east, which means accumulating snow,” Rayno said, comparing the storm on the way with the previous one, which brought ice and rain for coastal areas of the Northeast. Drivers are reminded that even a small amount of snow can make for slippery travel and significant delays.

Map graphic supplied by AccuWeather