Storm to Slow Philly Thanksgiving Travel Into Wednesday

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
November 27, 2013; 4:09 AM ET
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Play video An expert analysis on the impending storm headed to the East is given in the above AccuWeather.com video.

A large storm will continue to negatively impact travel locally around Philadelphia, due mostly to heavy rain and wind, but perhaps a bit of snow and a flash freeze at the tail end.

Periods of rain and the risk of flash and urban flooding, slow travel on the highways and broadening flight delays are in store into Wednesday afternoon.

As of 9:00 a.m. ET Wednesday, the storm had already delivered an average of 2 inches of rain to the metro area. The heaviest and steadiest rain for the duration of the storm will fall from the city south and east.

Motorists are encouraged to slow down to reduce the risk of hydroplaning and allow extra stopping distance between vehicles.

Snow will fall well to the west over West Virginia, western Maryland and western Pennsylvania.

While temperatures will rise into Wednesday midday, a sweep of colder air may catch up with the back side of the precipitation Wednesday evening. There is the chance of the rain ending as a period of snow or flurries as a result in Philadelphia, which could coat the ground in some locations.

Regardless of snow or not at the tail end of the storm, some untreated wet areas may freeze before drying off Wednesday night as temperatures plunge.

Gusty northwest winds may cause flight delays Wednesday night, after the rain and any snow depart.

RELATED:
Detailed Philadelphia Forecast
AccuWeather LIVE: Special Holiday Travel Edition
Snowfall Accumulation Map

Thanksgiving Day is forecast to be dry, blustery and cold across the area.

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