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Typical February Weather Lies Ahead

After a near miss on snow this past Friday night, Monday rains will wash away what little is left on the ground, leaving a typical temperature pattern for the rest of the week.

Friday's near miss storm was literally that ― we were about 50 miles away from getting several additional inches of snow in your backyard.

Many areas of northern New Jersey and coastal parts of central New Jersey ended up getting 10 or more inches of snow.

Locally, anywhere from trace amounts to six inches fell from Chester County to Bucks, with Philly getting anywhere from a few tenths of an inch at the naval yards to nearly five inches in the Northeast.

Most of the remaining snow will wash away as Monday's rains move through. The rain will be steady, if not heavy, for a time. We'll probably get a half to a full inch of rain in the region, with most of it falling in the morning. Some drizzle will linger into the afternoon.

The balance of the work week won't be bad, with temperatures generally in the 40s for highs daily and lows near or just below freezing at night.

I am keeping my eyes on a potential storm system for Wednesday night into Thursday. Computer modeling varies on placement with a swath of snow and rain that develops on the northwest edge of a low that pushes off the coast near Virginia Beach. Odds are we're on the northwest fringe of this and probably end up with clouds although a slight deviation in track, at least from this vantage point, could throw some modest accumulating snow in on Wednesday night and Thursday.

After that, a cold front passes through Friday night with a sprinkle or shower, setting the stage for a return of colder air for this weekend.  Snow showers (perhaps more than that) are possible on Sunday as a disturbance hits the coast and develops into a stronger low in the Atlantic.

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Tom Thunstrom is the editor and publisher of Phillyweather.net. You can also follow Phillyweather.net on twitter at @phillywx and like the site on Facebook.

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