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    Philly: Rain, Fog Thunderstorms to Accompany Mild Weather

    By By Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
    February 20, 2014, 6:46:52 AM EST

    A break from the cold, snowy weather is in store for much of the balance of this week around Philadelphia, but some problems are possible.

    Temperatures are forecast to reach the 40s Thursday and well into the 50s Friday and Saturday.

    Due to the extensive snow cover and the cold ground, the pattern will pose some problems.


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    Temperatures will dip to or below freezing in some communities through midweek. Motorists and pedestrians should be on the lookout for areas of black ice, since ice-melting chemicals are becoming scarce. During the thaw, pedestrians should also be on the lookout for falling pieces of ice from the buildings, trees and bridges.


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    Along with the mild weather and cold ground will come areas of fog. The fog could be dense enough at times in parts of the Midwest, South and East to cause flight delays.

    A storm at the end of the week will boost the chance of fog and raise the likelihood of rain. That system will bring the potential for thunderstorms with locally strong winds.

    Snow cover, cold ground and cold/frozen waterways will limit the severity of the storms somewhat.

    Enough melting will occur this week to bring the risk of street and highway flooding.

    RELATED:
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    AccuWeather.com Snowfall Forecast Map

    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.

    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.


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

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