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We reached a high of 33 around 1:30pm after light snow pushed through the area in advance of an arctic front. Philly International(well, over the river in National Park NJ) received 1.1" of snow and since the ASOS at the airport recorded 0.09" of melted precipitation that means the snow ratio was 12:1. You can check out the rest of the area snow totals from the National Weather Service in Mount Holly: http://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/wx/afos/p.php?pil=PNSPHI&e=201402262021

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Overnight it will be clear and cold with lows in the lower and middle teens with a light variable wind. Thursday will be in the middle 30s with sunshine giving way to clouds in the afternoon, BUT the winds will be gusty out of the west between 15-20mph so the wind chill will be in the lower and middle 20s. There will be a short wave passing by to the north, but we shall stay dry with just areas north and west seeing a spot flurry or snow shower.

That's gone by overnight and behind the short wave will be ANOTHER Arctic blast! The wind will relax as well so overnight lows will be around 10 in Center City, but in the single digits in the suburbs. In fact, depending on how quickly we cool down the record low at Philly International on Thursday is 6 set in 1990 while on Friday it's 9 set in 1934(climate records are recorded from 12:01am-11:59pm). Here are some other record lows that may be challenged(from the NWS in Mount Holly):

FEBRUARY 27TH FEBRUARY 28TH
ATLANTIC CITY...7 DEGREES IN 1934......2 DEGREES IN 1934
PHILADELPHIA....6 DEGREES IN 1990......9 DEGREES IN 1934
WILMINGTON......5 DEGREES IN 1934.....-5 DEGREES IN 1934
ALLENTOWN......-2 DEGREES IN 1963....-10 DEGREES IN 1934
TRENTON.........6 DEGREES IN 1934......1 DEGREE IN 1934
GEORGETOWN.....10 DEGREES IN 1963......8 DEGREES IN 1950
READING.........4 DEGREES IN 1934......3 DEGREES IN 1934
MOUNT POCONO...-9 DEGREES IN 1993....-15 DEGREES IN 1907

After a very frigid start Friday morning we will have plenty of sunshine in the afternoon, but highs will just be in the middle 20s. Come Saturday we'll warm into the upper 30s before we cloud up in the late afternoon ahead of a robust low pressure area. There will be some snow overnight into Sunday, but then as milder air intrudes we'll see a changeover to sleet and then rain on Sunday with highs in the lower to middle 40s(and leading into Monday).

Just remember that you can check the rest of the 7-day forecast(any time) at www.scottderekwx.com/forecast.html.

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