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Snow Brings Slippery Commute

By Dan Stamm and David Chang
|  Friday, Feb 28, 2014  |  Updated 4:43 PM EDT
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NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane' Schwartz has a warming trend ahead.

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Be careful when you hit the road this morning. Due to yet another round with Old Man Winter, we are dealing with another messy morning commute.

The danger could begin before you even get to your car as another layer of snow has fallen, hiding icy spots left over by earlier storms leaving slippery sidewalks and roads. NJDot said this is the 36th day they've sent out roads crews to treat roadways and PennDOT said this is the 17th time already this winter they treated area roads.

Officials and police lowered the speed limit to 45 mph -- including along the Pennsylvania Turnpike -- on some major roads in an attempt to slow down motorists. The speed restriction continued on the Turnpike Northeast Extension through the morning.

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Luckily, unlike the run of recent storms, this one will give way to dramatically warmer by early afternoon temps had already pushed into the high 30s.

A Winter Weather Advisory was in effect for most of the area through 1 p.m. but was canceled early after snow tapered off from the west to east around 7 a.m.

NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Bill Henley says the snow left slippery conditions. So be careful when your driving on the road or walking on the sidewalk this morning.

The storm left a few inches on the ground in various parts of the region including Lindenwold, N.J.; Sewell, N.J.; South Allentown, Pa. and Philly International Airport.

In the most southern parts of the region mostly rain fell.

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The timing of the snowfall caused dozens of schools to delay or close Tuesday. In anticipation of the storm, the Philadelphia Streets Department suspended trash and recycling collections for Tuesday.

Snow emergencies were also declared for Abington Township and Cheltenham Township. In Chester County, government offices would open two hours late. Finally, New Jersey state offices will open at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

The storm is nothing new for Philadelphia. The city hasn't gone a week without snow since early December, according to NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz. This is officially the third snowiest winter of all time in Philadelphia since snow totals were recorded in 1884.

Snowiest Philly Winters

2009-2010 - 78.7 inches

1995-1996 - 65.5 inches

2013-2014 - 58.4 inches (including 3 more inches Tuesday)

As the snow moves out temps should warm into the 40s Tuesday afternoon.

The warming trend continues through the week as temperatures push to around 50 by Wednesday, the 50s again on Thursday and possibly up to 60 on Friday.

The warm-up will lead to widespread melting, a relief to many but also a hazard as well, as the melt off could cause flooding in certain areas. We’ll have more information on potential flooding as the week progresses. 

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