Philly: Warmup, Break From Wintry Weather Ahead

By , Senior Meteorologist
February 18, 2014; 4:50 AM ET
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Warmer weather is ahead for Philadelphia, this week after winter storms recently battered the area.

Temperatures will be above average for the rest of this week and the region will get a break from the wintry weather that has recently battered the area.

A second batch of snow from the Midwest was making progress across Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Most of this snow will remain north and west of the city during the midday and afternoon hours but a few spots could get a heavy snow shower with thunder.

The snow of late and some natural melting later in the week and rain that follows could push some roofs to the point of failure. With the coming warm spell, incidents of street and poor drainage area flooding are likely.

Tuesday morning's snow pushed Philadelphia's snowfall total for this winter season to 58.4 inches, which is now solely the third snowiest winter ever on record.

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This particular February also ranks seventh among the city's snowiest Februarys over the years with 21.3 inches. This follows the third snowiest January on record with 25.9 inches.

The potential for more snow later in February and March will advance this winter's snowfall rankings even more.

Above-average temperatures will dominate Philadelphia for the rest of the week with highs in the middle to upper 40s anticipated for Wednesday and Thursday. One or more days late in the week could bring temperatures well into the 50s.

Overnight lows these days will still drop to or below freezing in the suburbs, so people are urged to walk and drive defensively.

Tune in to AccuWeather Live Mornings every weekday at 8 a.m. and noon EST. We will be talking about the winter storm early this week, the warmup and another storm late in the week.

Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed content to this story.


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