Not Just Snow: Winter Storm Khan

"Khan" is expected to drop one to two inches of snow in the western suburbs of Philadelphia starting late Friday afternoon.

The light snow that is forecast to impact the Friday evening commute in the Philadelphia region now has a name, thanks to the Weather Channel.

"Winter Storm Khan" may result in up to a half-inch of ice accumulation, which could lead to power outages and "major travel issues," the network said in explaining its rationale for naming the storm.

Locally, the wrath of Khan is expected to deposit one and two inches of snow in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, according to Royersford-based Phillyweather.net. More enterprising forecasts have called for up to three inches.

Whether the Poconos and other points northeast receive any snow at all is reliant upon whether dry air causes precipitation to evaporate before it reaches the ground.

Up to four inches of snow are forecast for other regions that will be affected by the storm, according to the Weather Channel.

The Weather Channel announced last fall that it would begin naming "noteworthy" storms this winter. The genesis of the idea was the October 2011 storm that left 2.3 million people without power from Maryland to New England, according to Bloomberg News. The naming plan has received a mixed reception from the rest of the weather forecasting industry.

Brett Wells January 25, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Well placed nerd references throughout the article. Well done, Dave.
Parsley January 25, 2013 at 07:07 PM
The Weather Channel has turned weather forecasting into a puppet show.
Pat January 25, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Totally agree. This naming 'storms' is ludicrous. I have been waiting for them to ruin wunderground since the Weather Channel bought it but so far, fingers crossed, the site remains excellent and it remains, by far, the best weather site. There is a blessed volunteer somewhere in Cambridge Knoll so the weather data I am looking at is from less than half a mile away.


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