So much for Punxsy Phil's prediction

Posted: March 26, 2013

Yes, it's technically spring. Yes, famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil indicated spring would arrive early. Yes, Jersey Shore entertainment venues spent the weekend cranking up for the beach season, and there was a regatta on the Schuylkill.

But - and you knew this was coming – it appears Old Man Winter has decided to snow on this parade.

Philadelphia is expected to get one to three inches of mostly slushy stuff Monday. North and west of the city there could be two to four inches, and the Shore could get three to six, by some estimates.

Don't panic. None of it is expected to hang around long. The temperature is due to reach the upper 40s on Tuesday and rise into the low 50s by the end of the week.

"We've been stuck in a cooler-than-normal pattern for a while now, and that may persist for another week or so," said Mitchell Gaines, the meteorologist on duty at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. "Spring hasn't really gotten here in terms of weather yet. We're still waiting, I guess."

A mix of rain and snow is expected to arrive late overnight and into the morning hours, turning to all snow in the afternoon. There could be a period of heavy precipitation late morning into early afternoon, Gaines said.

Most of the accumulation will probably be on grassy surfaces. Main roads should not be a problem.

But those emerging daffodils will want to think twice before poking their heads out of the ground.

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