Nor’easter timeline and estimated snow totals [updated]

The coming nor’easter will progress from fluffier snow to heavy, wet snow. That precipitation mixed with strong winds could equate to a new set of issues for people — including more power outages.

“I’m not as concerned about ice build up, but heavy, wet snow accumulating on tree limbs that were already strained during the last storm, that might be on the edge; so you do have the potential for some more power outages,” said NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz.

Flooding can also be a concern should more heavy rainfall, especially when mixed with snow already laying on the ground from past storms.

“I’m sorry. I wish I didn’t have to relay it,” Hurricane said of the forecast. “I know people have had a rough time and some worse than rough and there is no joy in putting out a forecast like this.”

The Timeline

Thursday morning “could be a mess in one way or another” as the worst of the storm moves out leaving the effects in its wake, Hurricane says. Here’s how the storm is expected to shake out.

NORTH & WEST SUBURBS, LEHIGH VALLEY & THE POCONOS

WEDNESDAYMorning through Afternoon – Sunny, dry and very coldNighttime (9 p.m. to Midnight) – Storm begins to move in, Chance of light snow

THURSDAYOvernight (Midnight – 6 a.m.) – Snow begins to fall and sticks quicklyMorning (6 a.m. – 1 p.m.) — Heavy snow falls adding to accumulationsAfternoon & Evening (1 p.m. and 10 p.m.) – Transition to sleet and then back to snow

FRIDAYOvernight (Midnight – 6 a.m.) Storm tapers off and moves out

PHILADELPHIA, SOUTH JERSEY AND NORTHERN DELAWARE

WEDNESDAY
Morning through Afternoon – Sunny, dry and very coldNighttime (9 p.m. to Midnight) – Storm begins to move in, Snow falls and sticks quickly

THURSDAYOvernight (Midnight – 6 a.m.) – Heavy snow fallsMorning (6 a.m. – 1 p.m.) — Snow transitions to sleet and then rainAfternoon & Evening (1 p.m. and 10 p.m.) – Rain then moves back to snow

FRIDAYOvernight (Midnight – 6 a.m.) Storm tapers off and moves out

INLAND AND COASTAL JERSEY SHORE & SOUTHERN DELAWARE

WEDNESDAYMorning through Afternoon – Sunny, dry and very coldNighttime (9 p.m. to Midnight) – Storm begins to move in, Snow falls and sticks quickly

THURSDAYOvernight (Midnight – 6 a.m.) – Snow and sleet mix inland, while rain falls at the coastMorning (6 a.m. – 1 p.m.) — Snow transitions to heavy rainAfternoon & Evening (1 p.m. and 10 p.m.) – Rain then moves back to snow for N.J.

FRIDAYOvernight (Midnight – 6 a.m.) Storm tapers off and moves out

ESTIMATED SNOW TOTALS

Lehigh Valley, the Poconos, Upper Montgomery, Chester and Bucks Counties10 to 14 inches & possibly some mixing of sleet

Philadelphia, Lower Montgomery, Chester and Bucks Counties, South & Central Jersey and Northern Delaware8 to 12 inches & mixing of sleet and rain

Southern Delaware and the Jersey Shore2 to 4 inches & mixing of sleet and heavy rain with possible flooding

Delaware Beaches1 to 3 inches & heavy rain with possible flooding

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