Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Bolaris: Nor'easter's second punch packs up to another six inches

After taking a huge hit this morning in the form of nine to 12 inches in the city — officially 9.8 at the airport — it's now the the fifth snowiest winter on record, surpassing the winter of 1960-61 when 49.1 inches fell.

This storm also happened to be the fourth this winter with 6 inches or more of snow — an all-time record.

The impact was felt across the entire region. In New Castle County, Del., up to 14 inches fell by 8:22 a.m.Chester had the highest amounts on the average of 13-16.3 inches of snow. In Delaware County, there were reports of nine to 14 inches; in Bucks County, eight to 12.5 inches; in Montgomery County, eight to 12 inches.

North in the Lehigh Valley, there was a wide range of 7-13.7 inches. Next door, in New Jersey, east of the Delaware River to Interstate 295, there was an average of eight to 12 inches. In Gloucester County, seven to 11 inches fell, while in Burlington County, seven to 10.5 inches.

You get the picture: a proverbial wall of snow this morning into the noon hour.

Now the Backlash.

Here's how it sets up, as of 5 p.m.:

A huge upper level storm (the trailing energy pack from this storm) is now rotating up the Interstate 95 corridor to the coastal plains and is south of Washington D.C.

On the Northwest side of this storm, intense snow bands will fire back up, not as widespread as this morning but still plenty of juice to dump in some places another half foot of snow.

Highest probability of receiving the brunt of this backlash seems to be shaping up for once again for the I-95 corridor from around Philly to lower Bucks County and across Mercer, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties in New Jersey.

Additional snow amounts could reach six or seven inches in banding, with an average of two to four inches.

Timing:

Line of showers and thunderstorms now entering Southern Delaware. That marks the leading edge of a super charged upper level storm.

City: by 6:30 rain arrives, possible thunderstorm.

By 7:30-8:30 rain changes to snow. With heavy snow band formation likely.

Temps will dip to near freezing at this time.

9 p.m. to Midnight: accumulating snow. Ending overnight.

John Bolaris For Philly.com
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