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<![CDATA[Nor'easter Dumps More Snow on Lehigh Valley]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:17:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008895291_1200x675_370722371901.jpg The Nor'easter snow piling up in local areas north and west of Philadelphia. NBC10's Doug Shimell spoke to residents in the Lehigh Valley.]]> <![CDATA[On & Off Snow Possible Through the Day]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:37:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/231*120/Snow+Dusting+Snow+Philadelphia.JPG

A stubborn nor'easter brought scattered snow showers to many parts of the Philadelphia region Thursday leaving inches of snow in some areas.

The same storm that brought heavy rain and wind to the region Tuesday brought snow showers to the region overnight and into Thursday.

"The atmosphere has finally cooled down enough so we're not getting rain anymore, we're getting snow showers," said NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Bill Henley.

Even with temps hovering slightly above freezing, snow fell and accumulated.

"Most of the area just got a dusting limited to grassy areas or cars," said Bill.

The snow, however, did pile up in places like Long Pond in the Poconos (3.8 inches); Mohnton, Berks County (1.8 inches); Elverson, Chester County (1.6 inches); and Spring Mont, Montgomery County (1.5 inches), according to National Weather Service spotters.

Snow showers should continue on and off through the day and as temps hover close to freezing so be careful driving.

“The temperatures are critical… there could still be some slick spots,” said NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz.

Glenn said the threat of slippery roads should continue as the snow tapers off Thursday afternoon into evening. Be careful of icy spots especially in parking lots, offramps and side streets, said Glenn.

Slippery roads already caused crashes in parts of the area including one in Wyncote, Pennsylvania where a car slipped and struck a police officer responding to an earlier crash, according to police.

High temperatures remained in the 30s Thursday afternoon leaving the possibility for snow to stick to area streets -- a coating or more could be seen in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware -- especially central Delaware.

Bill said that the air should dry out overnight but winds will continue.

Winds will make it feel even colder outside, but relatively milder weather is expected for the weekend as temperatures start to push into the mid- to high-40s on Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Flurries Thursday, Icy Morning Commute]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:59:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/headhouse+square+snow+cars+generic+snowy+winter.jpg

Drivers beware, temperatures dropped below freezing overnight causing icy conditions north and west of Philadelphia -- and they'll stay slick for Thursday's morning commute.

Those areas saw snow showers late Wednesday and early Thursday morning, causing accidents on untreated roads -- including an accident that injured three people on an icy road in Quakertown, Bucks County and another crash in Lower Moreland that shut down Welsh Road during part of the morning commute.

The winter weather led Pennridge School District in Bucks County and the Antieam School District in Berks County, among others, to delay the start of the school day for two hours.

With temperatures hovering around the freezing mark and flurries still falling as the area starts to wake up, commuters are urged to use caution while driving. Some towns have asked PennDOT to come salt untreated streets in preparation for Thursday's morning rush.

Scattered snow showers will continue to fall in parts of the Delaware Valley, with more snow expected Thursday in portions of Berks and Chester counties.

High temperatures will near 40 degrees Thursday afternoon so the snow is unlikely to stick to area streets throughout the day.

Winds will make it feel even colder outside, but relatively milder weather is expected for the weekend. The chance of snow ends early Friday morning and temperatures start to push into the mid to high 40s on Saturday.


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<![CDATA[Montco Road Reopens After Mudslide]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:23:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Balligomingo+Road+Mudslide.JPG

The morning after a partial mudslide closed a Montgomery County road, crews reopened the roadway Wednesday.

The slide closed Balligomingo Road between Portland Road and Front Street (Route 23) in West Conshohocken, said West Conshohocken police Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday morning shortly before 11 a.m., police announced the roadway was once again open.

You could hear trees in the area cracking the day before, said police on the scene.

The exact cause of the slide wasn’t clear. The area saw on and off rain – heavy at times – throughout the day Tuesday as a nor’easter struck the region. Crews closed the same stretch of road during a big storm last summer.



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<![CDATA[Nor'easter Brings Heavy Flooding to Jersey Shore]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 23:51:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008874750_1200x675_369513027513.jpg A slow-moving Nor'easter caused heavy flooding in parts of the Jersey Shore. Several streets were under water Tuesday, in some of the worst flooding there since Hurricane Sandy. NBC10's Keith Jones reports from Long Beach Island.]]> <![CDATA[Slippery Conditions in the Lehigh Valley]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:02:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/222*120/Lehigh+Valley+Snow+Ground.JPG Dispatchers in the Poconos and Lehigh Valley said there were accidents as the nor'easter went from frozen to slush. NBC10's Doug Shimell is in South Whitehall Township with more on the storm.

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<![CDATA[Nor'Easter Causes Flooding on Jersey Shore Streets]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:22:31 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008871385_1200x675_369254467759.jpg A Nor'easter brought flooding and high winds to the Jersey Shore. NBC10's Ted Greenberg is in Long Beach Township, Ocean County, New Jersey where many streets remained flooded Tuesday afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Mudslide Closes Montco Road]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:29:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Road+Closed+Generic+Sign.JPG

A mudslide closed a Montgomery County road Tuesday as a Nor’easter stormed over the area.

The slide closed Balligomingo Road between Portland Road and Front Street (Route 23) in West Conshohocken, said West Conshy police Tuesday afternoon.

You could hear trees in the area cracking, said police on the scene.

The road would remain closed until further notice despite not much mud being on the road, said police.

The exact cause of the slide wasn’t clear. The area saw on and off rain – heavy at times – throughout the day Tuesday as a nor’easter struck the region. Crews closed the same stretch of road during a big storm last summer.



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<![CDATA[Looking Back at Hurricane Sandy's Devastation]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:18:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/storm-add-P1.jpg Hurricane Sandy started out as a tropical storm in the Caribbean, reached hurricane strength and then crashed into the mid-Atlantic states as a post-tropical cyclone in 2012. Take a look back at some of the most compelling photos from before and after.

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<![CDATA[Nor'easter Brings Coastal Flooding to Jersey Shore]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 11:57:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008868813_1200x675_369134147773.jpg The storm slammed the Jersey Shore early Tuesday with heavy winds and road flooding.]]> <![CDATA[Stalled Nor'easter to Change to Snow in Some Parts]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:16:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snow-generic.jpg

A nor'easter that brought rain, high winds and flooding to parts of the Philadelphia region could still bring snow to other areas overnight into Wednesday.

"It’s a long lasting event because the storm itself is stalled,” said NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.

Snow could fall in Philadelphia and along the I-95 corridor Wednesday but it should fall in the Poconos and more than likely will fall in the Lehigh Valley and Berks County, said Glenn.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Advisory 6 a.m. Wednesday for Monroe and Carbon Counties in the Poconos with 1 to 3 inches of snow possible.

Snow should begin overnight in the Poconos and could start before daybreak north and west of the city and in the Lehigh Valley. Snow could fall later in the day closer to Philly.

Bands of snow rarely seen during nor’easters make this storm hard to read.

"What we’re going to be looking for are bands of heavier snow,” said Glenn. "Sometimes in setups like this they can develop and then stay over the same areas.”

Flooding was a concern earlier throughout much of the region.

A wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow began falling in parts of the Lehigh Valley and areas north and west of Philadelphia Monday into Tuesday, while the Philadelphia area experienced downpours early Tuesday morning. The heaviest rainfall began to move past the Delaware Valley during the morning rush hour, but lighter precipitation and strong winds persisted throughout Tuesday.

Coastal flooding caused roads to flood in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties.

Glenn expects the storm to affect the area beyond Wednesday.

"There’s still a chance of snow flurries or snow showers on Thursday,” said Glenn. “The storm is going to pretty much stall over New England and that’s going to keep it windy and cold here for the rest of the week and every once in a while a little snow could spin all the way around that storm and come down.”



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<![CDATA[Flooding Possible From Nor'easter]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:25:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Freezing-Rain-DC.jpg

A nor'easter bringing heavy rain, high winds, flooding and even some snow is moving into our area.

A coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 3 p.m. Tuesday for areas along the Jersey Shore and Delaware. Residents in those areas should expect minor flooding around high tide, which will occur between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

A flood watch continues into the late evening Tuesday for New Castle, Somerset, Mercer, Salem, Gloucester, Camden, Ocean, Atlantic and Burlington counties in New Jersey; parts of Chester, Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, and New Castle County, Delaware.

Heavy rains, high winds and tidal flooding forced officials to close schools in Ocean City, New Jersey Tuesday.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday for the Lehigh Valley, Berks County, Trenton and parts of Southeastern Pennsylvania, with the exception of Philadelphia and Delaware counties. The same advisory is in place for Lancaster County and western parts of Pennsylvania until 1 p.m.

A wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow began falling in those areas overnight, while the Philadelphia area started to experience downpours early Tuesday morning. The heaviest rainfall began to move past the Delaware Valley during the morning rush hour, but precipitation and strong winds will continue throughout Tuesday.

Flooding is also possible in some areas as two to three inches of rain are expected to fall in the region. Motorists are urged to use caution as water pooled on area roadways early Tuesday morning.

A wind advisory is in effect from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday with wind gusts up to 45 mph expected.

Heavy rain with totals near or above two inches is expected in our area throughout the day. The heavy rain is expected to lead to flooding in poor drainage areas as well as rises in creeks and rivers.

After the storm moves north toward New England, cold air will move in which will cause the rain to change to snow Wednesday.

Scattered snow showers are possible for suburbs north and west of Philadelphia, however the city is unlikely to see much snow.

The dip in temperatures may cause slippery spots along area roadways Wednesday.

The heaviest snow will fall in the Poconos where a Winter Storm Watch will be in effect Monday night through Wednesday morning. Six inches of snow or more is possible for those areas during that period, as well as a tenth of an inch of ice.

Stay with NBC10.com for the latest weather updates.



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<![CDATA[Tweaks Coming to Philly’s Snow Fight]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:37:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly+Liquid+Deicer+Truck.jpg

Philadelphia is retooling its arsenal to fight winter weather by rolling out new equipment, deploying spotters and piloting tracking technology in the wake of last year's record-breaking season.

The first of the changes will be an expansion of the Philadelphia Streets Department's brining operation. A salt and water mixture, brine is sprayed onto streets before snow or ice falls to prevent the precipitation from bonding to the asphalt.

"It buys us some time to get out there and salt and it does help with the melting process,” said Stephen Lorenz, the city’s chief highway engineer.

The city will double its ability to store brine at manufacturing yards in Northeast and Northwest Philadelphia — going from a capacity of 20,000 gallons to about 40,000 gallons.

“We can make the brine, store more brine so that way we don’t have the trucks sitting around waiting for the brine to brew,” Lorenz said.

Getting salt on the streets as quickly as possible is obviously important, but doesn’t always happen as fast as it could. Last winter, trucks servicing South Philadelphia had to make treks out to a salt yard in Southwest Philadelphia or another section of the city to load up.

The travel wasted time and gas. “Plus, there are a lot of smaller trucks being used to get down the narrower streets, so they can’t hold as much salt,” Lorenz said.

The fix? Building a temporary salt yard under Interstate 95 near Oregon Avenue.

Officials are working out details on how to store the salt and keep it secure. Lorenz said they need to make sure no one walks away with buckets of salt they don’t own.

“We’re going to try and do it this year and see if it works and if it does we’re going to make some sort of permanent improvement,” he said.

The Streets Department services 2,500 miles of road with a fleet of 85 trucks and staff of 150 working six days a week. And Lorenz said that’s still not enough.

Officials employed help from some 70 outside contractors last winter to salt and plow the roads and supplement the fleet. Lorenz said this winter the city will rely more heavily on these contractors to help in the fight.

Knowing where the equipment is working and where it's really needed can be a challenge, so now the department is piloting a GPS tracking system and launching a spotter network to keep tabs on both.

“We get the call saying Henry Avenue hasn’t been touched yet. We can bring it up on the screen and see ‘When’s the last time a truck went up Henry Avenue? It came up four hours ago. OK wait a minute, why is it icing up again?’ We need to either deploy another truck out there or we’ll send one of these regional spotters out there,” Lorenz explained.

Spotters will be dispatched based on calls the Streets Department receives from police, firefighters and citizens through the city’s 311 call center. They will use a tablet application, currently under development, to record road conditions and take photos, Lorenz said.

Each entry gets timestamped and saved into a database that can be called up for review.

“It’s good that people are telling us how it is, but now that you have your own visual to see how things are, you know that you can call up the supervisors of a certain area and say ‘Look Broad Street looks pretty good, let’s trade efforts on other roadways,’” he said.

The spotter’s records will also help with accountability for both staff and residents.

Lorenz said the department has been unfairly dinged by homeowners who say their streets haven’t been plowed. But, in reality he says, it’s the residents who threw snow from cars and the sidewalks back into the roadway. That’s illegal in Philadelphia.

“If folks say my street wasn’t plowed or wasn’t salted. Well, I’ve got a timestamp that says, yes I did send a salt truck down the street,” he said.

The GPS tracking will be used on eight trucks including several contractor vehicles, Lorenz said. He did not have a number for how many spotters will be working.

Looking past this winter, the Streets Department is investing in equipment to spread wet salt — basically rock salt that has been sprayed with water before it hits the street.

Crews will install water tanks with spray nozzles on five trucks to begin making the switch. Each tank costs $10,000, but Lorenz said reduces the amount of salt needed. That’s because spraying the mineral limits how much it bounces once it hits the pavement so that the actual roadways and not the curbs and gutters get covered.

“We’ve found, what we’ve already known for years, that we have the driest gutters in the country in doing so,” he said.


Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Chilly Change Could Bring Wintry Weather]]> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 13:29:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Snow+Umbrella.jpg

Hold on tight because a big change is coming in the NBC10 First Alert Weather forecast that could bring snow, sleet and/or freezing rain to parts of the greater Philadelphia region.

Step outside Monday and you wouldn't believe nasty weather could be on the way. Temperatures on Monday pushed into the 60s — well above the normal high of around 50 degrees — with a chance of spotty, light showers in the evening.

Overnight is when the major change comes as temps might not break 40 on Tuesday with winds increasing to make it feel like below freezing in some areas.

“It’s going to be a dramatic drop in temperatures,” said NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Brittney Shipp. “People are going to wake up to cold air.”

And they could wind up driving home in a wintry mix — especially north and west, said Shipp.

Rain is expected to develop during the day Tuesday with sleet possible north and west of the city and even some snow in high terrains and the Poconos, said Shipp.

The National Weather Service had yet to issue any advisories or warnings for any Philadelphia area counties by midday Monday, but did issue a Hazardous Weather Outlook calling for “the potential for a light accumulation of snow and sleet on Tuesday followed by the possibility of freezing rain on Tuesday night.”

Motorists should also prepare to give themselves some extra time to get around as slippery roadways could slow traffic especially after the evening rush.

“Some of our temperatures at the surface will be right at freezing but there will be warm air coming in… so that combination could produce freezing rain and that means slick spots Tuesday night,” said Shipp.

Don’t expect anything that falls to last too long on the ground as temps are expected to push back up around 50 as the wet weather moves out Wednesday morning.



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<![CDATA[Pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Snow]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:14:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*155/Blandon+Snowman+Betty+Weaver.jpg The day before Thanksgiving became a challenging one on area roads as snow fell on holiday travelers.

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<![CDATA[Snow Moves Out of Region]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:02:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Quakertown+Snow+Pumpkin+crop.jpg

A Nor'easter brought snow, sleet and heavy rain to the area on Thanksgiving Eve — one of the busiest travel days of the year — and caused headaches for travelers as they head to their holiday destinations.

"You won't believe how fast things will change," said NBC10 First Alert Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz. The heaviest snowfall came midday Wednesday as cold air pushed the rain-snow line past Philadelphia.

The deteriorating and rapidly changing weather conditions prompted Gov. Chris Christie to declare a State of Emergency in New Jersey. The declaration activated the state's Office of Emergency Management.

In Pennsylvania, at least two Montgomery County communities — West Pottsgrove Township and Hatfield Township — declared snow emergencies. The snow emergency will last from noon Wednesday until 5 a.m. Thursday for West Pottsgrove, while Hatfield Township's snow emergency began at 11 a.m.

Loud claps of thunder could be heard around 11:30 a.m. in northern Delaware, including Wilmington, and in parts of southeastern Pennsylvania, like Wayne, Nottingham and Kennett Square.

What started as light rain early Wednesday switched to snow in Berks County and the Poconos — the areas expected to be hit hardest by the fast-moving system — and parts of Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties started to see snowflakes in the morning.

By midday, people reported seeing snow in Philadelphia, as well as suburbs north and west of the city. Flakes began to fly in Delaware around 3 p.m.

Snow continued to mix with sleet and rain as a warm air line rides up the I-95 corridor throughout the evening.

Another burst of steady snow began to fall in the evening but moved out of the area after 9 p.m.

Temperatures sank to about 30 degrees and gusty winds made it feel even colder outside.

The expected drop in temperature led Philadelphia's Office of Emergency Management to issue a Code Blue alert. The Code Blue, which began at 7 a.m., means city officials take steps to ensure the chronically homeless have access to a warm place to stay.

As the system continued to head north and east, a distinct line in the Nor'easter distinguished between the areas receiving snow and those seeing rain.  

The Lehigh Valley and outlying suburbs saw snow throughout the entire day — with accumulation approaching nearly a foot in the mountains. The system moved out of our area by late evening hours, but the wintry mix caused problems for travelers on the move for Thanksgiving.

Now that the snow is gone, some areas, mainly north and west of Philadelphia, could see some slick spots on roads due to temperatures dropping a few degrees below freezing.

The National Weather Service issued Wednesday a Winter Weather Advisory. The advisory, which began at 9 a.m. and ended at 10 p.m., was issued for Delaware County and parts of Chester, Bucks and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania; Middlesex and Mercer counties in New Jersey; and Philadelphia. 

The advisory warned drivers of slick road conditions. "Anyone with holiday travel plans is urged to check road conditions before leaving," according to the National Weather Service advisory. "More difficult traveling conditions will be occurring farther to the north and west. Wet Snow could also obscure road signs."

Even though the ground is warm, some snow stuck to roadways as temps drop quickly causing snowflakes to drop onto snowflakes. There were also power outages due to heavy, wet snow which accumulated on trees, causing them to fall on power lines. 

Check with NBC10.com for the latest weather updates.



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<![CDATA[Snow Timeline for Wednesday]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:09:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008750142_1200x675_363556931951.jpg NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Sheena Parveen's timeline for rain and snow arriving on Wednesday. This update is from 4 p.m. on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[NJ Homeowners, Businesses Prepare for Thanksgiving Eve Snow]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:35:10 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000005397845_1200x675_363128387948.jpg Snow, rain and wind are expected to hit the the tri-state on one of the year’s busiest travel days. Brian Thompson reports]]> <![CDATA[Shoppers Make Mad Dash for Thanksgiving Purchases]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:26:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/Thanksgiving+Turkey+Turkeys+Grocery+Store.JPG Late shoopers make their rounds ahead of a Thanksgiving Eve winter storm.

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<![CDATA[Thanskgiving Eve Snow, Rain to Hit Region]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:32:31 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snow-generic-writing.jpg

A Nor'easter expected to drop snow on much of the area on Thanksgiving Eve, one of the busiest travel days of the year, is moving towards our region. The wet weather will move in quickly and possibly be heavy at times.

Rain should begin to fall on much of the area around 4 a.m. Wednesday starting in South Jersey and Delaware before spreading north and turning to snow. By 6 a.m. snow should be falling north and west of Philadelphia, according to NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.

"North and west it's practically all snow," said Glenn.

By 11 a.m. snow should develop along the I-95 Corridor -- possibly falling quickly as wet, heavy snow.

That wet, heavy snow should cling to tree branches, leaves and power lines leading to the possibility of power outages in some areas, said Glenn.

Snow is a good bet for a large portion of the area, said Glenn. The only place that might not see any snow is extreme South Jersey, but even there the rain could turn to snow after nightfall.

"Early season storms can bring a lot of precipitation in a short time," said Glenn. "So amounts could vary even more than our forecast suggests.

Before moving out late Wednesday, the system could drop up to 1 foot of snow in the Poconos and up to 5 inches in the immediate Philadelphia suburbs, said Glenn.

The expectation is that the storm will move out quickly toward the northeast around 8 p.m.

By midday Tuesday, the National Weather Service posted a Winter Storm Warning starting Wednesday morning for upper Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties as well as all of Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties and the Poconos. A Winter Storm Advisory is in effect starting Wednesday morning for the southern and eastern parts of Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties as well as Philadelphia.

You wouldn't think snow is possible as temps hovered in the high 50s with no precipitation during the day Tuesday but come Wednesday morning there will be big changes as the system moves in from the south.

The storm will begin as rain before the morning rush Wednesday then change to mainly snow north and west of Philadelphia -- the line could be along the I-95 Corridor. 

The peak of the storm will hit midday with a mix of heavy rain and snow for most of the area. the wet weather could even start as snow the further west and north you get, said Glenn.

That quick changeover midday could cause schools to dismiss early or possibly not open at all if snow begins early enough.

Even though the ground is warm, snow could stick to roadways as temps drop quickly causing snowflakes to drop onto snowflakes. There is also the possibility of power outages as heavy, wet snow could accumulate on trees, causing them to fall on power lines.

Estimated Snow Totals & Timeline

North & West
Northern and western suburbs - 5 to 8 inches of snow
Poconos - 8 to 12 inches of snow.

4 to 8 a.m. - rain quickly changing to snow
8 a.m. to noon - snow, heavy at times, with slushy accumulation
Noon to 4 p.m. - snow continues, temperatures drop
4 to 8 p.m. - snow tapers off, then ends

Philadelphia & I-95 Corridor
3 to 5 inches of snow expected

4 to 8 a.m. - rainy, cold
8 to 11 a.m - rain changing to snow
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - possibly heavy, wet snow or a wintry mix, slushy conditions
4 to 8 p.m. - snow ending west to east

South Jersey & Delaware
1 to 3 inches of snow
Less than 1 inch at the Jersey Shore

4 to 10 a.m. - rain, heavy at times
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - rain, heavy at times
4 to 8 p.m. - brief change to snow mainly in New Jersey
8 to 9 p.m. - precipitation ending

Glenn warned drivers traveling Wednesday to be careful.

"I don't expect any ice of any significance," Glenn said. "Early season storms and late season storms can sometimes change from heavy rain to snow in a matter of minutes. People need to be alert and monitor any changes."

PennDOT is already prepared for the storm with 444 road crews on hand throughout the region. PECO also added extra staff to respond to power outages. Road crews plan to get started early Wednesday morning before the rain changes over to snow. Utility companies are also monitoring outages and will respond as they happen.

AMTRAK and SEPTA officials also told NBC10 they will have extra trains running as a record number of riders are expected. At Philadelphia International, American, US Air and Delta Airlines waived booking fees in anticipation of the storm, causing more travelers to fly out Tuesday night.

Check with NBC10.com for the latest weather updates.



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<![CDATA[Snow and Rain to Hit Area Thanksgiving Eve]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:37:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snow-generic.jpg

One of the busiest travel days of the year will be even busier than normal as a mix of rain and snow is expected to hit the area Thanksgiving Eve.

The system is expected to drop up to a foot of snow in the Poconos and up to five inches in the Philadelphia area, according to NBC10 First Alert Chief Meteorologist Glenn Schwartz.

The storm will begin as rain at or just before the morning rush Wednesday before changing to mainly snow north and west of Philadelphia. The peak of the storm will hit between 8 a.m.and 2 p.m. with a mix of heavy rain and snow for most of the area aside from the Jersey Shore.

Between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. rain will change to snow at the Jersey Shore while snow will remain north and west. The snow will begin to lighten around 7 p.m. before tapering off around 11 p.m.

While Glenn doesn't expect much ice to accumulate on roads, he's still warning drivers traveling Wednesday to be wary.

"I don't expect any ice of any significance," Glenn said. "Early season storms and late season storms can sometimes change from heavy rain to snow in a matter of minutes. People need to be alert and monitor any changes." 

Philadelphia/I-95 Corridor Wednesday Timeline 

6 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Rainy and cold

9 a.m. to noon - Rain changes to snow

Noon to 5 p.m. - Mainly snow, some accumulation

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Snow ending, some lingers

North and West Suburbs/Lehigh Valley/Poconos Wednesday Timeline

4 a.m. to 8 a.m. - Rain changes to snow

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Heaviest snow accumulating

2 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Snow continues

7 p.m. to 11 p.m. - Most snow ending

South Jersey, Delaware Wednesday Timeline

4 a.m. to 8 a.m. - Rain develops

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Rain continues

2 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Some rain to wintry mix or snow

7 p.m. to 11 p.m. - Chance of snow

Estimated Snow Totals

Lehigh Valley/Poconos - 8 to 12 inches

North and West Suburbs - 5 to 8 inches

Philadelphia/I-95 Corridor - 3 to 5 inches

South Jersey/Delaware - 1 to 3 inches

The Thanksgiving Eve snow is just one part of a wild week in weather. Warmer air moved into the area Monday leading to a record-breaking high for this time of year of 72 degrees, topping the previous record of 71 set in 1979.

Temperatures will fall again with an expected high of 59 degrees Tuesday and 45 degrees Wednesday. Thanksgiving will be cold, with a high of 42 degrees, but sunny, as the wet weather will be out of the area by then.

The cold temperatures will continue Friday with a high of 40 degrees before they rise slightly with a high of 45 Saturday and 49 Sunday.

Despite the possible rain and snow Wednesday, Thanksgiving travelers in our area do have some good news. PennDOT officials told NBC10 they’ve made numerous road improvements for motorists traveling through Pennsylvania between Wednesday and Sunday. Those improvements include six lanes on Route 202 between Routes 252 and 401.

“Some motorists wanting to get to the Turnpike Interchange or the connections between the Schuylkill Expressway and 422, that’s greatly improved for travel,” said PennDOT spokesman Gene Blaum.

A rock embankment was also stabilized on the eastbound side near Pennsylvania Route 23. Resurfacing has also been done from Spring Garden to 30th Street and near Passyunk Avenue. 

New southbound lanes also opened Sunday morning on I-95 near Cottman Avenue.

Stay with NBC10.com throughout the week for the latest details on the expected Thanksgiving Eve weather. 



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<![CDATA[Glenn's T-Giving Travel Timeline]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:07:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008737605_1200x675_362876483552.jpg NBC10 First Alert Chief Meteorologist Glenn Hurricane Schwartz outlines the best -- and worst -- times to get from here to there if you're traveling on Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Embrace the Day!]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:32:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/warm+weather+philadelphia.jpg The warm weather is a welcome respite for some folks.

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<![CDATA[NBC10's Bill Henley Inducted Into Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:54:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Bill+Henley+Broadcast+Pioneer.JPG Longtime NBC10 meteorologist Bill Henley was inducted Friday into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.

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<![CDATA[Chilly Temps Causes Broken Pipes Down the Shore]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:48:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/Frozen+Pipe+Generic+Broken+Pipe.JPG NBC10's Ted Greenberg explains how cold temperatures can cause pipe problems at vacated shore houses.

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<![CDATA[Commuters Feeling the Cold in Delaware]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:32:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008696748_1200x675_360819779517.jpg NBC10's Monique Braxton speaks with commuters and a pediatrician in Delaware for their insight on how to handle the November cold blast.]]> <![CDATA[Fighting the Cold on Your Morning Commute]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:30:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008695151_1200x675_360746051996.jpg NBC10's Monique Braxton talks to Delaware drivers and public transportation passengers about staying warm on their way to work.]]> <![CDATA[Cold Temps Don't Stop Friday Night Plans]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:40:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008659936_1200x675_358697027772.jpg The cold temperatures weren't enough to stop people from going outside on Friday night.]]> <![CDATA[Rain, Light Snow Hit Region]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:47:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/weather-7.jpg

Heavy rain, batches of wet snow and a wintry mix hit the region Sunday. The system will continue to move through the area overnight into Monday morning leading to icy spots and a messy morning commute.

Rain as well as some sleet and non-accumulating wet snow moved into parts of the I-95 corridor as well as Chester County late Sunday afternoon. A coating of snow as well as a mix of freezing rain later hit the Poconos, Lehigh Valley and Upper Bucks County

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for The Poconos until 9 a.m. Monday as the wintry mix is expected to create icy spots overnight. The mix should change to rain during the Monday morning rush.

While light snow fell in Philadelphia Sunday, the city mostly saw rain as the storm progressed. Heavy rain also fell in South Jersey. The wet weather should last all of Monday and could become heavy by the evening commute. Localized flooding is possible with expected rain totals of 1 to 1.5 inches.

Temperatures will rise into the mid-50's Monday. Once the storm system moves out however, bitter cold air will set in for midweek. The expected average daytime high in Philadelphia on Tuesday is 35 degrees.

This latest winter weather threat comes after more than two inches of snow fell in parts of the Pennsylvania suburbs Thursday marking the first snowfall of the season.

NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz is predicting more than 40 inches of snow fall during the 2014-2015 winter season as well as extreme cold. For more information on what’s to come this winter, check out his 18th annual long-range winter forecast.

Stay with NBC10.com for the latest weather updates.



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<![CDATA[First Snowfall of Season Brings 2+" to Pa. Burbs]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:29:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/I+Love+Snow+Snow+Generic+Snow+West+Caln.JPG

More than 2 inches of snow coated some parts of the Pennsylvania suburbs Thursday as the first snowfall of the winter season blew through.

In West Caln Township, Chester County, 2.1 inches of snow accumulated during the mid-November storm. Elverson saw 1.8 inches while Exton got 0.8 inches, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported Friday.

Further north in Berks County, 2.5 inches fell in Huffs Church and 1.5 inches was measured in Boyertown.

Lehigh County's Salisbury Township was coated with 3.3 inches of snow while 1 inch of snow fell in South Allentown, according to the NWS.

The snow totals were much lower in the southern and eastern suburbs with 0.5 inches falling in Furlong, Bucks County and 0.2 inches in Chadds Ford, Delaware County.

The thick snowflakes were a reminder of the winter that's expected to come. In his 18th annual long-range winter forecast, NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz said he's predicting more than 40 inches of snow to fall during the 2014-2015 winter season. It will be coupled with extreme cold as well, he believes.

For a full list of snowfall totals, click here.



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<![CDATA[First Snow of Season Coats Chester County]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:38:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008647529_1200x675_357807683565.jpg As the first snow of the season fell across the Philadelphia area Thursday, residents in Chester County, Pennsylvania saw the white stuff sticking to lawns and cars. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn talked to neighbors in Upper Uwchlan Township.]]> <![CDATA[Inches of Snowfall in Some Areas]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:46:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008647524_1200x675_357805123803.jpg NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Sheena Parveen breaks down how much fell in some places Thursday night. Also, see time-lapse video of the snow falling on Camelback Mountain in the Poconos.]]> <![CDATA[November Snow Blankets the Region]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:30:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/193*120/Chestnut+Hill+Snow+Thumb.JPG

An autumn snowstorm left a coating, or more, of snow on parts of the Philadelphia area Thursday night and at least dropped some flurries on much of the region.

Temperatures quickly dropped throughout the evening and by 9:30 were around freezing in Philadelphia bringing snow to the city.

After a fairly steady snowfall people in parts of Bucks and Chester County reported more than 2 inches of snow on the ground.

Snow also covered the ground in parts of Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia counties as well as places in South Jersey and Delaware as the cold temperatures and wet weather moved from west to east across the area.

The snow began to move out by midnight and NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Sheena Parveen said she expected the weather to clear up before the Friday morning commute.



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<![CDATA[Rain Changes to Snow in Lehigh Valley]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:14:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/Randy+Gyllenhaal+Snow+Allentown.JPG NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal reports live from Allentown, Pennsylvania about the changing wintery conditions.

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<![CDATA[First Snow of the Season in Berks County]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:39:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008647530_1200x675_357806659919.jpg NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez takes a look at the first snowfall in Berks County.]]> <![CDATA[Getting Ready for Cold]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:40:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008644454_1200x675_357604931851.jpg The taste of winter has areas north and west of Philadelphia preparing now for the cold months ahead.]]> <![CDATA[Preparing for Inclement Weather]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:51:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008645253_1200x675_357646915926.jpg After last year's wicked winter, communities are saying "never again" and preparing more efficiently for the cold, snowy conditions in advance.]]> <![CDATA[Hurricane's Long-Range Winter Outlook]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:52:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/LongRange14_1200x675_Gen2.jpg Wondering what we're likely in for this winter? How much snow? How cold? Here it is -- Hurricane's long-range winter outlook, boiled down to the nitty gritty by NBC10's Vince Lattanzio. Click here for the science behind Glenn's forecast in his 18th Annual Winter Outlook blog.]]> <![CDATA[Get Ready for Winter]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:00:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/winter+driving+generic.jpg

NBC10 First Alert Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz has released his forecast for the upcoming winter... and here's a hint, you better invest in some warm winter gear.

In the meantime, here's some things you can do to prepare for the winter ahead.

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