Will the coming storm bring snow or rain to Bucks County? Here's what you need to know
Bucks County and the rest of the Delaware Valley expects to see between 1 and 2 inches of rain with the storm expected Wednesday into Thursday but once again, snow is a no-show.
The National Weather Service in Westampton, New Jersey, predicts that the cold weather needed for a snow maker will stay to our north.
But for travelers venturing to the Poconos and Western Pennsylvania, PennDOT has issued warnings about safe driving on highways that could be covered in both snow and ice from the major storm that walloped the Central and Southern states earlier this week.
Why can't the Philly area get a good snowfall?
Meteorologist Cameron Wunderlin said a high pressure system to the north that sends cold weather into our region is needed along with a low pressure system bringing the precipitation to make for a snowy storm.
He recalled an old adage from his meteorology professor in college: “Always beware of a cold high to the north.”
That we haven’t had this winter, at least not one coming far enough south to turn the rain here into measurable snow.
There could be some snowflakes, especially in Upper Bucks, but no accumulation is expected.
But windy conditions are predicted during the storm and some minor street flooding from the ground being already saturated from earlier storms.
The weather this weekend should be drier, and Sunday, for the Eagles football game, the high temperatures will reach the 50s under cloudy skies. But rain is not in the current forecast, the meteorologist said.
How does this winter measure up to others?
This is turning out to be one of three winters without a measurable amount of snow recorded by the NWS in Philadelphia. The other two were in 1972-73 and 1994-95. But in 1996, the city saw its most measurable snowfall of 27.6 inches on Jan. 7 of that year, said Meteorologist Amanda Lee.
Can we expect snow in February?
The NWS’ Climate Prediction Center estimates that there’s a 40 to 50% chance that temperatures will remain on the balmy side for early February. Perhaps the world's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, will give a more definitive answer on winter's length when he makes his appearance next week on Feb. 2.
This article originally appeared on Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County weather: Expect more soggy weather, but no snow