Coastal nor’easter delivering thunder

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The same coastal nor’easter that flexed its muscle last night to deliver anywhere from a few inches to a foot of snow across portions of South Jersey, is flexing its muscles again as the evening hours approach on Thursday, Feb. 13./NWS The same coastal nor’easter that flexed its muscle last night to deliver anywhere from a few inches to a foot of snow across portions of South Jersey, is flexing its muscles again as the evening hours approach on Thursday, Feb. 13./NWS The same coastal nor’easter that flexed its muscles last night to deliver anywhere from a few inches to a foot of snow across portions of South Jersey, is flexing its muscles again as the evening hours approach on Thursday, Feb. 13.

But this time it’s bringing something you can’t see, touch or smell.

South Jersey thunder

As drivers return home through slushy conditions on Thursday, Feb. 13, a coastal low is bombing out over the Atlantic Ocean just off of the Middle Atlantic States. It’s so strong, its delivering something you usually see in the summer: thunder.

As a relative dry section of air begins to pull away to the northeast, the wrap-around portion of the low is coming to life and bringing thunderstorms to southern Cape May County.

Rain won’t last, more snow coming

As temperatures from the middle 30s and into the upper 20s, forecasters say the rain will change back to snow from south to north.

Rain, snow and sleet will fall before 3 a.m., according to the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center. A north wind from 11-16 mph will become west 17-22 mph as the low pulls away. Gusts could reach 32 mph.

Nighttime snow and sleet accumulation of 1-2 inches possible across South Jersey, 3-6 across portions of eastern Pennsylvania.

Snowfall winners, losers

According to NOAA, Pilot, Va., won the snowfall title with 27.7 inches of a snow total as  of 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Second place went to Oakland, Md., with 23 inches and Salem City, Va., followed in third with 22 inches.

Here in New Jersey, Vernona received 14 inches, Washington got 12, Morristown received 11.6 and in Pennsylvania the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, got 9.8 inches of snow.

 


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