Philly: Storms May Hit Travel Hard on Friday

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
February 21, 2014; 12:40 AM ET
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Amidst the warm weather this week, the Philadelphia area will be blasted by rain, thunderstorms and gusty winds on Friday afternoon.

Temperatures will generally stay above freezing through Saturday night, so the risk of black ice has diminished for the time being.

Fog may slow travel Friday morning.

However, the most significant weather maker will be a front moving through Friday afternoonwith drenching downpours, gusty winds and thunder and lightning.

The system may be potent enough to bring gusts to 60 mph. Such winds can down tree limbs and cause sporadic power outages and difficulties on area bridges.

In addition to the risk of airborne trash cans and other debris, motorists and pedestrians should be on the lookout for street, highway and poor drainage area flooding, along with potholes.

The worst of the rain and wind will occur during the aftenoon, so travel conditions could improve by Friday evening.

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Mild weather will stick around through the weekend, but colder air will return in stages next week.

AccuWeather.com meteorologists will be monitoring the track and strength of multiple storms with the chance of snow for next week.

Tune in to AccuWeather Live Mornings every weekday at 8 a.m. and noon EST. We will be talking about the warmup and severe weather on Friday.

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