How things change! A frontal passage with limited moisture and little development now appears to be somewhat more substantial. QPF values for the NAM and GFS have increased closer to 0.20 inches water for PHL with greater amounts far NW of Philadelphia.
The latest models are beginning to suggest that a low pressure system might form off the coast, close enough to enhance the snowfall amounts Tuesday afternoon thru Tuesday night. There’s been a wide range of model solutions with this frontal passage — most have either not had any development, or they had development far off the coast. The Navy NAVGEM and the Canadian model were showing more precipitation yesterday, but I discounted both models, since the GFS and NAM were showing no development.
The experimental statistical models have consistently shown a low chance of snow through the Tuesday-Wednesday time period.
So the minor snow for Tuesday into Wednesday is beginning to appear that it might be more substantial. Looking like 2-3 inches now, but too early to be that precise. Stay tuned!
7 PM Monday-Further Complications to the forecast. This afternoon’s models show surface temperatures at or above freezing during the evening hours of Tuesday, not going below freezing until after midnight. Some initial snow will melt and not add to accumulations in the immediate PHL area.