First real snow of the season: Where, when, how much?

Posted: November 27, 2012

The first measurable snowfall of the season could make the Tuesday morning commute a mess.

Between two and three inches are expected to fall north and west of the city with the first flakes making their appearance shortly before daybreak.

"It's one of those scenarios where it could start as rain, then go over to snow," said meteorologist Anthony Gigi of the National Weather Service.

As nightfall approaches Tuesday night we could see another coating.

Because temperatures are expected to hover in the mid-30s, you can bet roads will be slushy. And slippery.

"It's probably going to be worse north and west of the city, especially in Montgomery and Bucks Counties," said Brian Edwards, meteorologist with Accuweather. "We're really concerned about the morning commute because temperatures are tumbling."

A quick coating of snow on the highways could freeze causing some problems with slick conditions, Edwards said.

If the accumulations reach three inches there could be school delays.

Within the Philadelphia city limits there could be anywhere from a coating to an inch. In the suburbs, especially at higher elevations, up to three inches is a real possibility, Edwards said.

South Jersey should largely escape the sloppy weather - and see mostly rain - because the temperatures are expected to be much milder.


Contact Sam Wood at 215-854-2796, @samwoodiii or samwood@phillynews.com.

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