The Philadelphia area could see snow several more times over the next week - roughly late Friday night into Saturday, Monday into Tuesday, and again next Thursday.

The snowpack might not get much deeper, though, except in colder areas north of the Philadelphia area.

During the first two storms, the snow is likely to be on the light side with rain probably taking over as daytime temperatures rise at least into the upper 30s, according to Larry Nierenberg of the National Weather Service.

The really nasty stuff - freezing rain and sleet - should also be kept to a minimum.

The commute home Friday should be clear, with the chance of snow increasing toward midnight. After light snow overnight, rain should join in Saturday morning, then dominate most of the day, even washing away any snow, before changing back to snow Saturday night.

Maybe some will be left for shoveling, but the storm won't be a major snowmaker.

Even the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos, which might skip the change to rain, will only get a few inches of snow, meteorologist Nierenberg said.

A similar scenario could start Monday night, but with even less moisture involved, he said.

"It's probably going to be one of those things where it's going to be snow at night, then changing to rain during the day," he said.

It might not even happen. The odds this morning for any kind of precipitation top out at 40 percent on Tuesday.

The next threat comes up as temperatures stay below freezing for several days. The preliminary call is for a 60 percent chance of snow showers Thursday, but it's too early to feel confident about what will happen, Nierenberg said.

"One storm at a time, please," he said. ". . . It could be something coming out of Siberia at this point."

One computer model predicts a storm, another doesn't.

"It could end up being nothing. It could move out to sea and not even bother us," he said.

As for the snowpack, most of it could be here at least another week, even if highs stay above freezing for five straight days starting Sunday.

But the trend is toward warmer weather, Nierenberg said. Normal highs are lowest in late January, and keep inching up toward the mid 40s by the end of February.

For that reason, the storms we see this month could tend to be a mix of overnight snow and daytime rain.

For more on the forecast, go to http://go.philly.com/weather.