Winter Storm Dumps Snowy Load on MontCo, Region

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist
for The Post

STATE COLLEGE PA – Yet another massive winter storm is under way as heavy snow shifts across Southeastern Pennsylvania, experts at State College-based AccuWeather observed Thursday (Feb. 18, 2021) at mid-day. They believe the long-duration storm will continue to hinder travel and potentially cut power as it pounds the region through Friday, unleashing a host of weather hazards.

Snow was coming down fast in Montgomery County municipalities. More than a half-foot of snow piled up in King of Prussia by Thursday morning, AccuWeather said, and during the past 24 hours 8.5 inches had fallen there (at top). Elsewhere in the county during the same 24-hour period, Norristown got 8.1 inches, and Whitemarsh, 8 inches.

In Wayne, Delaware County, 8.7 inches had fallen; and East Goshen, Chester County, got 8 inches too.

Farther south, a snowfall accumulation of 3 to 6 inches was forecast in Philadelphia, where mixing with sleet is limiting snow totals. Snowfall climbed above the average pace for the season during mid-February in the City of Brotherly Love. As of Feb. 17, Philadelphia has recorded 19.7 inches of snow so far, compared to the normal amount of 15.4 inches since Dec. 1.

Across Pennsylvania’s interior, Pittsburgh – forecast by AccuWeather to pick up 3-6 inches of snow from the storm – has received nearly two times its average snowfall through the middle of February with a total of 54 inches as of Wednesday mid-day.

Expect travel disruptions to continue in much of the Northeast into the end of the week as the storm slows its forward speed. Winter storm warnings and watches remained in effect Thursday across much of the Northeast.

There is a glimmer of hope for those dealing with power outages, major disruptions in daily activities or just plain exhaustion from all the winter storms. Temperatures are finally predicted to trend upward next week as the weather pattern shifts.

Weaker and quicker-moving storms are also anticipated with the upcoming change in the weather, but AccuWeather meteorologists are quick to point out that winter is far from over. Some systems could still bring periods of snow and ice to some areas.

Graphic supplied by AccuWeather