<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Weather News and Coverage]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usMon, 27 Mar 2017 12:45:58 -0400Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:45:58 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Today's Forecast]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:05:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NBc10+Weather+First+Alert+Weather+Team+Glenn+Schwartz+Krystal+Klei+Erika+Martin+Bill+Henleey.jpg

A warm front is producing fog and rain this morning, but we'll also experience a nice warm up as we dry out this afternoon. 

Another round of showers and possibly strong thunderstorms during the day on Tuesday. Sunshine returns Wednesday

Today: Rain showers this morning and early this afternoon. High 69

Tue: Mostly cloudy showers and a chance of thunderstorms. High 71

Wed: Sunny, breezy. High 61

Thu: Mostly sunny. High 57

Fri: Mostly cloudy and cooler with a chance of rain. High 54



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<![CDATA[List of School Delays in Our Area ]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:28:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/school+bus+snow.jpg
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<![CDATA[Periods of Rain Stretch Across Several Days]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:41:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/191*120/rain-generic-umbrella-raindrops.jpg

Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey fall under a rainy period over the next several days. This period isn’t a constant, widespread rain. Instead, it’s a spottier on-again, off-again forecast that will last through Tuesday.

Warm Saturday

A large storm system has been driving across the country, and is forcing warm air our direction ahead of the cold front that crosses through the Midwest Saturday morning. With a southwest flow, temperatures began mild Saturday and will continue warmer than average into the afternoon. Temperatures are forecast to hit the low 70 over portions of Philadelphia and areas south, such as South Jersey and Delaware.

Through the afternoon, a surface cold front will slip to the south and a few disturbances in the atmosphere will ripple across our region. This will allow for continued periods of light and spotty rain into the evening. As the front passes overnight (called a backdoor front when it passes from the north/northeast), a brief period of more widespread light rain is possible. Overall, Saturday will still be a great day to get outdoors.

Cooler, Damp Sunday

Temperatures will fall Saturday night as the frontal passage allows winds to shift from a southwest flow, to a more easterly push. When winds come from the east, they pick up the cool air characteristics off the ocean water. The winds will also strengthen, bringing breezy gusts up to around 25 mph to the region. The cold front passage also allows colder air to spill into the area from the north. This will result in very little warming through the entire day. From low to mid 40s in the morning to only upper 40s for many in the afternoon Sunday.

Light spotty showers pass Sunday morning, especially north. Along the Poconos, some brief freezing rain may occur. The rest of the day will be damp and mostly cloudy, with continued showers developing late day into the night as the storm system that was to the west begins to near the Delaware Valley. Take a look at the picture below for Sunday evening. The storm center is still to the northwest, but the area of rain is beginning to move in (green).

Best Days for Rain

The best day for rain comes Monday, as the system actually passes across the region. The best chance of rain will be north and west of Philadelphia, but most areas should see at least some scattered showers. The rain will be steadiest in the morning, and scattered through the later day and night.

At the same time, yet another rainy system moves in from the west. You can see the center near Missouri and Illinois:

Like Monday, Tuesday will see periods of more widespread rain. Again, the showers will be scattered and light to start in the morning. Through the early afternoon the area of rain may expand across the area, and linger into the early evening. This will mostly be light showers, as the green on the map below is light in color without pockets of yellow or orange (heavier activity indicator). 

By Wednesday morning, the moisture should move out and we’ll see several days of dry and sunnier conditions. Temperatures remain Spring-like, hovering around the 50s and 60s during the work week. Another wet period is possible by the weekend, more on that in the days to come!



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<![CDATA[Rain Or Not Today? Depends What Town You Live in]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:54:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WEB+Early+WX+Frame+4_22968245.jpg Rainfall will prove sporadic for Philadelphia, Delaware and New Jersey communities Tuesday, but luckily we have the neighborhood by neighborhood breakdown.]]> <![CDATA[Toddler Recovering After Special Snowstorm Escort to Hospital]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:25:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019862911_1200x675_900064835747.jpg

A Pennsylvania toddler is recovering after a very special escort through the snowstorm for emergency medical help.

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<![CDATA[Drivers Dodge Ice Chunks]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:04:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019862883_1200x675_900042819791.jpg

Tuesday's heavy sleet, snow and ice packed down onto the tops of vehicles, making it difficult to remove, but it's been flying off causing dangers on the roadways. NBC10's Drew Smith talked to driver show escaped injury when their cars wer damaged by flying ice.

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<![CDATA[Third Day of Digging Out in Lehigh Valley]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:08:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019859579_1200x675_899776067553.jpg

Students in the Lehigh Valley had a third day off from school on Thursday. NBC10’s Randy Gyllenhaal reports from Macungie.

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<![CDATA[Huge Ice Chunk Flies Across NJ Highway, Smashes Woman's Car]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:58:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/flying+ice+nj.jpg

A woman was shaken but miraculously physically unscathed after she says a huge chunk of ice flew off a box truck and smashed her windshield on the Garden State Parkway Thursday. 

Authorities got a report about the accident near mile marker 136 on the southbound side of the highway shortly before 11:30 a.m. The woman tells NBC 4 New York she was driving along in the middle lane when the ice came flying off a truck moving on the opposite side of the roadway.

She drove about a mile with the decimated windshield before she was able to pull over, she said. Her father came to her rescue. 

"I had no idea what to do or where to go," said Rachel Krasnanski. "I just put my hazards on and tried to get over as fast as I could." 

Her father said he was just glad she was OK. 

By law, motorists are required to remove all ice and snow from their vehicles before driving, especially from the hoods, windows and roofs. Drivers who fail to do so face fines up to $1,000 for failing to do so.

It wasn't clear if police expected to track down the driver of the box truck.  



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<![CDATA[Beware of Possible Falling Ice in Center City]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:43:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/Caution+Falling+Ice+Philly+2.JPG

Beware of potentially dangerous falling ice.

That’s the message Philadelphia has for people as sun and warming temps could cause ice to fall from city high-rises. And, city agencies want building owners and managers to take evasive actions to prevent any potential injuries.

"The Department of Licenses and Inspections and the Streets Department are advising mid-and high rise building owners and managers to monitor their building facades and ledges for ice build-up," the city said in a news release Wednesday. "Ice that has melted enough to break free and fall from building surfaces can pose a threat to passersby below. Building owners are advised to take precautions such as placing barricades and warning signs around potential fall zones."

On Wednesday he Lowes at 12th and Market streets in Center City had a "Caution: Falling Ice" sign out front and had part of the sidewalk blocked off a day after a nor'easter dumped half a foot of heavy snow and ice on the city.

Some streets in the area were closed midday Thursday as crews knocked off remaining ice on the historic hotel.

The melt was greater on Thursday as sunshine and temps in the mid-30s could cause more ice to become dislodged.

The city said that SEPTA buses and sidewalks could be rerouted if there are falling ice concerns.

"Pedestrians are advised to be cautious and respect any temporary barricades erected on the sidewalk," the city said.



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<![CDATA[Philly Students, Teachers Deal With Icy Conditions]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:59:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019841576_1200x675_898808899679.jpg

Philadelphia schools opened on time on Wednesday despite the icy conditions. NBC10’s Rosemary Connors looked into the tough commute for students and teachers.

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<![CDATA[Is Your Street Coated in Ice?]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:40:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019848834_1200x675_899315779714.jpg

Some residents in the Philadelphia region, including along Pensdale Street in Manayunk.

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@HURRICANE10]]> <![CDATA[How Much Snow Did Philly Really Get? ]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:09:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/City-Hall-Snow-Lead.jpg

YOU’D THINK IT WOULD BE EASY-BUT THINK AGAIN
We can measure how tall we are.
We can measure what our shoe size is.
We can measure how far it is from Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore.
We can measure how fast a runner goes from home to first base.
In weather, we can measure exactly what the temperature is.
We can measure the peak wind gust and the barometric pressure.
And we can measure just how much rain fell (as long as it wasn’t so windy that it was raining sideways).

But we can’t measure snow-not precisely.  That doesn’t seem right, does it? We just stick a ruler into the snow and see how high it goes. Even a 2nd grader can figure that out.

But how much has fallen when it has turned to sleet or rain, which compresses the snow? Well, it depends on how you measure it, when you measure it, and where you measure it.

HOW MUCH FELL DURING THE MONDAY NIGHT/TUESDAY STORM? IT DEPENDS…..
The official Philadelphia snowfall was reported as 6.0”. Tuesday evening, after the snow had ended, the official daily climate report had a different number: 8.3”. And when I came back into work Wednesday morning, the official number was back to 6.0”. Why did they change it? How did they decide how much to change it by? And might this be changed again in the future?

Why do I care? It’s not because a higher number makes my forecast better. We predicted 6-10” for Philadelphia, and getting 6” was just fine. It seems every other forecast was for more.

I care because weather history is important to me. It’s so important, I co-wrote a book on Philadelphia weather with Dr. Jon Nese, now a professor at Penn State.

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We (mostly Jon) went through a LOT of trouble to research data going back hundreds of years, including explanations of changes in where the official Philadelphia measurements were taken. This data is what meteorologists and climate researchers will be looking at in the years, and decades, and millennia to come. How will they know that some of these snow records are basically ESTIMATES?

When I was an intern at the National Hurricane Center in Miami ages ago, I had to train at the Miami Airport with the official observers on how they did their job. (I swear this is true, word for word)….We were all inside the building, when we saw heavy rain falling outside. I asked the observer: “How do you know the exact time the rain starts.” He replied: “Someone usually comes in and tells me.” Nice.

HOW IS SNOW MEASURED? (THIS IS A FUNNY ONE, TOO!)
1.    Believe it or not, official snowfall in Philadelphia was measured IN NEW JERSEY for nine years (at National Park)! The Inquirer and Philly.com’s Tony Wood just wrote a terrific explanation about this and other snow measurement mysteries.

2.    The new observers at the airport were trained using a 14-page instruction document. Are you kidding-14 pages? Don’t you just stick a ruler in the ground?

3.    There are “snow boards” that all observers are supposed to use, taking observations every 6 hours (including one at 2 a.m.). The numbers are added up, since melting (or rain, or icing, or wind) could reduce the amount if they waited until the storm was over.

4.    There was sleet and freezing rain with this storm. This made measurements very difficult. If this happens, the manual says: “creativity may be needed to make a snow depth measurement.” What? Creativity-in measuring something?

So, the National Weather Service looked at other measurements in Philadelphia, which were lower than the 8.3” and decided to go back to the 6.0”. That was closer to the 6.8” at the nearby Office of Emergency Management. So, who’s to say the OEM’s “creativity” was done properly? And what does the observer at the airport think about having his report altered by more than 20%? And how many other places had more snow fall than they reported?

CAN WE TRUST SNOW MEASUREMENTS?
If a storm is all snow, probably “yes." Amateur observers are told to measure the snow in three places and average them. They probably don’t use snow boards.

But when sleet and/or freezing rain is part of the storm (which is most big winter storms in Philadelphia), there are questions. A study had to be done after the “Blizzard of ‘96” to verify that we really did get 30.7” (the previous record was 21.3”). The verdict was “yes, it was right”.

I realize this is all trivia to many of you. But did you realize how non-scientific this is? We move instrument locations, build new buildings near the instruments, and pave roads near the instruments. This is why many big city readings are excluded in climate research. There are plenty of other locations in the country that stay the same. Good thing they do.

Stay with the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team for the latest weather updates including alerts, maps and forecasts.

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<![CDATA[Snow Storm Aftermath in Roxborough]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:46:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019834564_1200x675_898480195907.jpg

NBC10’s Matt DeLucia reports from Roxborough with a look at how people are dealing with the remains of Tuesday’s snow storm.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Nor'easter Brings Snow, Sleet, Floods]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:47:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-653393496.jpg A major March nor'easter brought rain, sleet and snow to the region. Here are photos from New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

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<![CDATA[South Jersey Storm Damage]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:44:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019834875_1200x675_898500163942.jpg

NBC10’s Pamela Osborne reports from South Jersey where Tuesday’s snow storm has left problems.

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<![CDATA[Storm Changes Disney Plans for Seniors From 2 Area Schools]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:46:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Laura+Schafer+Orlando+Disney+World+Perkiomen+Valley.jpg

Mother Nature couldn’t stop two classes of 2017 from enjoying one last trip with their high school classmates to sunny Florida.

Students from Perkiomen Valley High School in Collegeville, Montgomery County, got some extra time in warmer weather thanks to the Nor’easter that crippled the East Coast.

"It was kind of crazy because we didn't know when we were going to get home," said Perk Valley student Laura Schafer.

With Philadelphia International Airport a ghost town, it quickly became apparent that Schafer and her friends would get extra time in the Floridian warmth.

"Some people are ready to go but some people are excited because we got so much extra time," the Schwenksillve teenager told NBC10 Wednesday.

Around 160 members of the Perk Valley senior class and their 20 chaperones,  including the principal and his wife, had been in Orlando since Saturday enjoying Universal Studios and Disney World as part of the Collegeville school’s senior trip. Everything came to an abrupt stop when their Tuesday flight home was canceled.

Luckily, the Perk Valley party was able to switch rooms at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort with another local school whose trip was similarly delayed because of the storm.

Seniors from the Boyertown Area Senior High School were set to arrive Tuesday, but fate had other plans.

"They actually switched room because Boyertown High School had to cancel their flight because of the snow," said Susan Barry Schafer, whose daughter Laura, attends Perk Valley.

The change gave Schafer and her classmates extra time to ride the attractions at Disney World Tuesday night and head to Disney Springs Wednesday before their flights.

Schafer and her mom praised trip organizers for communicating changing plans and alleviating concerns over the plan to get home. 

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"That was the biggest scare," said Cathy Sullivan Saxon, whose daughter, Georgi, is a senior at Boyertown.

Everyone involved praised trip organizers for including trip insurance in the price (more than $1,000, subsidized by fundraising) meaning that no one would have to pay more despite the changed plans.

But now the vacation is over. Perk Valley students were told to be prepared to return to class Thursday.

"I’m kind of hoping that the plane is delayed, at least maybe two or three hours so we get back too late to go to school tomorrow," Schafer joked.

So what was the best part of the trip? For her it was meeting new friends before graduation.

"I’ve made new friends on this trip, we’ve been hanging out all the time, we’ve been together nonstop, we’ve like constantly laughing," Laura said. "It’s honestly been one of the best weeks of my life."

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<![CDATA[Bitter Cold, Wind & More Snow]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:33:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/3711d1aff95e49fa87ff52eb83350f63.jpg Frigid cold temperatures and strong gusty winds and even the possibility of snow showers for Wednesday afternoon. This as we are still feeling the effects of Tuesday's storm. NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Bill Henley breaks down what to expect the day after a nor'easter dumped snow and ice on much of the area.

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<![CDATA[Icy Conditions, Wind Bring Down Limbs, Knock Out Power]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:34:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/Audubon+Tree+on+Wires.JPG

The snow, ice and wind combined has knocked down trees causing thousands of power outages throughout the Philadelphia area Tuesday. NBC10’s Pamela Osborne is in Audubon, Camden County where a tree snapped in half and brought down power lines causing power troubles that lasted into Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Roads Difficult to Clear Due to Ice]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:09:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019829949_1200x675_898271299957.jpg

One of the biggest challenges after the winter storm has been moving the snow before it freezes solid due to frigid temperatures. NBC10’s Matt DeLucia is in Manayunk with a look at some roads that are still frozen over.

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<![CDATA[Philly Mom Plays in Snow Dressed as T-Rex]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:41:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019830066_1200x675_898274883960.jpg

A Philly mom decided to spend her snow day dressed as a T-Rex. Simi Chung put on the costume to play in the snow with her daughter.

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<![CDATA[Postal Service Needs Your Help to Deliver Mail After Storm]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:55:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/PHOTO129039551169958454477main.jpg

The U.S. Postal Service wanted to make sure they could deliver the mail Wednesday by asking residents to do something: shovel and salt.

If you don’t, you might not get your mail as the postal service looks to protect mail carriers from slips and falls.

"No one wants to inconvenience the customer," South Jersey/Delaware district manager Sharon Young said. "However, we must ensure the safety of our employees."

The postal service asked that people clear sidewalks, porches, steps and walkways of snow and ice so that everyone can be safe after inches of snow and ice fell in much of the area.

"The best way to avoid injury is prevention," Young said. "Please help our employees provide the best service they can, as safely as possible. Your cooperation is most appreciated and will help us provide timely delivery of your mail." [[416102133, C]]

The Postal Service offered these tips to ensure the mail gets where it needs to go:

• Clear enough snow from curbside boxes to allow mail trucks to approach the box, deliver the mail and to drive away from the box without danger of the need for backing.
• Walkways should be cleared of snow and ice and allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips or falls.
• Steps should also be kept clear of ice and snow and in good repair so as not to cause injury to the letter carriers or others who visit the customer’s home.
• Overhangs should be clear and free of snow and ice to avoid injury.

If a mail carrier feels a situation is unsafe, they could hold the mail until later, said the postal service.



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<![CDATA[How to Walk on Ice]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:36:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT_WEA_WALKONICE2_031417-148952203139000001.jpg

The trick to walking safely on ice is to walk like a penguin. Infographic by Tablet Infographics  

 

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<![CDATA[Jersey Shore Deals With Flooding]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:34:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019814507_1200x675_897629763852.jpg

Emergency crews were busy making water rescues along the New Jersey coast line due to Tuesday's nor'easter.

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<![CDATA[Downed Power Lines, Trees in South Jersey]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:08:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019814221_1200x675_897607747648.jpg

Road closures and downed wires have popped up around South Jersey including Moorestown due to Tuesday's heavy snow and icy conditions.

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<![CDATA[March Nor'easter Grounds Flights, Closes Schools]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:31:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_170735913308681.jpg A powerful March nor'easter dumped more than a foot of snow in cities along the East Coast, shuttering schools, knocking out power and grounding thousands of flights from Washington, D.C., to Boston. See the photos.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Animals in the Snow]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:43:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/005f477a461e483ebed06862969f1946.JPG.jpg Whether it's your dog frolicking in the snow or your cat scoffing at the cold, we want to see your pets in action. Click here to submit photos of your fur babies.

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<![CDATA[Snowstorm Safety Tips]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:47:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019814070_1200x675_897598531648.jpg

Whether you're shoveling or playing in the snow, there are precautions you should take before heading outside. NBC10's Harry Hairston reports from Chester County.

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<![CDATA[Snow Removal Safety Tips]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:22:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snowblowers.jpg

Follow these safety tips while shoveling or using a snowblower outside your home after a snowstorm.

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<![CDATA[Spinning Tires in the Lehigh Valley]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:57:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/187*120/Allentown+Car+Snow.JPG

NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal tried to lend a hand to some guys trying to get a car off a snowy road in Allentown, Pennsylvania Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Tips for Driving Safely in the Snow]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:51:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-634384536.jpg

A late winter nor'easter is threatening to drop a foot or more of snow on much of the Northeast through Tuesday, with New York City, parts of northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut under a blizzard warning from the National Weather Service. A travel ban will be in effect in Connecticut from 5 a.m. on Tuesday until further notice. Elsewhere, speed will be restricted on highways, HOV highways lane will not open in some areas and some commercial traffic will be prohibited. Officials are urging people to avoid unnecessary travel.

"Extremely fast snow fall rates will create dangerous roadway conditions, and we urge everyone to be prepared to stay off the roads, take public transit if necessary and work from home if possible," Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement.

Winter travel can be dangerous. Winter storms contribute to more than 2,000 road deaths every winter and nearly half a million crashes, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents to keep roads clear for snowplows and first responders. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, "if you must drive, please plan ahead, be careful, and stay safe."

So if you do find yourself driving in treacherous conditions, here are some tips for remaining safe on the road from the AAA and transportation officials.

BEFORE THE SNOW

  • Be prepared: Have an emergency kit in your car that includes a bag of cat litter, sand or other abrasive materials to get traction on ice, a shovel, flashlight and extra batteries, gloves or mittens, boots, ice scraper and snow brush, jumper cables, blanket, warning flares or triangles, food and water, first-aid items, extra windshield-washer fluid and antifreeze and a piece of bright cloth.
  • Take your cell: Charge your mobile phone and bring a charger with you. If you do charge your phone in the car, make sure your tailpipe is clear to avoid the danger from carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Fill it up: Fill your gas tank and check wiper blades, windshield-washer fluid, oil and antifreeze.

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DURING THE SNOW

  • Drive slowly: Accelerate and stop slowly to avoid skids.
  • Hang back: Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. The extra space will provide the longer distance you will need if you have to stop.
  • Easy on the brake: Brake early by applying firm, steady pressure on the pedal. Don’t stop if you can avoid it. If you can roll slowly until a traffic light changes, do it. It is much easier to get moving while rolling than from a full stop.
  • Taking hills: Don’t power up hills  — your wheels may just begin to spin. Instead get momentum before you reach the hill, and slow down when you reach the top.
  • Careful on the bridge: Be especially cautious on bridges, which freeze first, and on highway exit ramps, which might have gotten less anti-icing material.
  • Avoid cruise control: Don’t use cruise control in wintry conditions because even roads that appear clear can have slippery spots. The slightest tap on your brakes to deactivate the cruise control could cause you to lose control.
  • If you get stranded: Stay in your vehicle, avoid over-exertion, let fresh air in, run the engine every 10 minutes, but make sure your exhaust pipe is free of snow. Turn on the dome light at night when the engine is running. Change your position often, move your hands and legs, rub your hands together or put them under your armpits or between your legs and remove your shoes occasionally and rub your feet.

AFTER THE SNOW

  • Clear your car: If clearing the snow and ice is too difficult for you, ask for help.
  • Shovel with care: Pace yourself, shovel for 15 to 20 minutes at a time and be aware of the warning signs of hear attacks. 



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<![CDATA[Snowstorm Ponies Run Free in NYC]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:48:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snow+ponies.jpg

While officials across the tri-state area urged everyone to stay off the roads Tuesday as a powerful nor'easter pummeled the region with strong winds, whiteout conditions and flooding, some New York City residents simply said "neigh."

Two runaway ponies took to the streets of Staten Island, amusing people who snapped photos of the animals prancing in snow-covered intersections near Hylan Boulevard and Richmond Avenue.

One photo posted on Community Education Council President's Mike Reilly's Facebook page showed the duo calmly crossing the street in front of an MTA bus. NYPD officers eventually corralled the ponies.

They were safely returned to their owners.   



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<![CDATA[Stay Off the Roads so Crews Can Clear Montco Roads]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:29:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/Target+Wawa+Snow+Roads.JPG

There are more than a dozen disabled vehicles in Montgomery County and officials have been getting several emergency calls. NBC10’s Deanna Durante is in King of Prussia showing us the conditions that has officials urging people to stay off the road.



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<![CDATA[Winter Storm Causing Road Closures]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:24:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019811184_1200x675_897509955895.jpg

Downed trees and wires forced drivers to find alternate routes in South Jersey Tuesday morning.

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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: DC Cherry Blossoms Left Frozen by Late-Season Storm]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:02:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20170314+FlowerThumb.jpg After days of sunny weather, a late-season snowstorm left many of the Washington, D.C., region's blooming flowers including cherry blossoms frozen in time. ]]> <![CDATA[Chestnut Hill Seeing Icy Conditions]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:37:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019810360_1200x675_897487427949.jpg

Winds picked up in Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill neighborhood as snow and sleet fell late Tuesday morning. NBC10’s Rosemary Connors shows us the icy conditions.

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<![CDATA[Flooding at Jersey Shore]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:35:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019812122_1200x675_897523779771.jpg

NBC10's Ted Greenberg is in Ventnor looking at the effects of Tuesday's winter storm down the shore.

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<![CDATA[Here's What Causes Those Massive Snowflakes]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:06:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/big-snowflake-blizzard-2017.jpg

The late-season snowstorm pummeling the Northeast Tuesday brought some eye-catching snow.

New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut saw big, puffy white stuff that almost looked like ticker tape Tuesday morning. But they aren't giant individual snowflakes, but a phenomenon caused by warming temperature and mid-air clumping.

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Snowflakes can only form in below-freezing temperatures, of course, but when they fall into warmer air lower down, they can start to melt, according to NBC New York meteorologist Erica Grow. That makes them sticky enough to clump together when caught in updrafts, which is fast-rising air typical of thunderstorms.

"When you see those huge snowflakes, don't be surprised if you also hear a clap of thunder or see a flash of lightning!" Grow said.

Those clumps can, very rarely, grow as big as a dinner plate in very calm conditions, according to a website run by Caltech snowflake expert Kenneth G. Libbrecht.

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The biggest individual snow crystal ever photographed was only 10.1 mm, or 0.4 inches, across he says.

The mega-snowflakes caught plenty of attention throughout the Northeast on social media Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Want to Track That Snowplow?]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:35:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/204*120/Pa+Snow+Plow+Tracker.JPG

Gov. Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency for Pennsylvania and officials advised drivers to stay indoors during a nor'easter that left more than a foot of snow on parts of the greater Philadelphia region.

While the snow and ice fall, you can sit in the comfort of your home seeing where PennDOT snowplows are clearing roads.

PennDOT deployed hundreds snowplows to clear 40,000 miles worth of state roads and 25,000 bridges statewide. The agency warned that PennDOT crews are treating roadways to keep them passable.

The 511 Pennsylvania snowplow tracker system gives users access to road conditions via live traffic cameras. It also shows the locations of plow trucks and allows users to track its past routes. The plow icons do not move in real time, but refreshing the page will update their current location.

The tracker, also available via an app for smartphones, allows users to zoom in into their neighborhood and out for a broader view of the entire state's conditions. [[366068131, C]]



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<![CDATA[Beware of Potential Snow Shoveling Schemes]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:45:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Snow+Shovel+Gif.gif

With winter storms come potential schemers offering to remove your snow. NBC10 Responds reporter Harry Hairston is in Chester County with some warning signs of a possible scheme.



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<![CDATA[Wind, Freezing Rain in Chester County]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:57:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019808690_1200x675_897437763605.jpg

NBC10's Harry Hairston is checking in with people at a Wawa in Thorndale, Pennsylvania seeing how they are dealing with Tuesday's storm.

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<![CDATA[Flood Threat at Jersey Shore]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:46:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019808744_1200x675_897440835680.jpg

NBC10's Matt DeLucia is in Longport, New Jersey tracking the conditions along the shore as the Atlantic Ocean churns nearby.

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<![CDATA[Snow Totals in Your Neighborhood]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:43:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/241*120/Mont+Co+Snow.jpg

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<![CDATA[Grab the Ice Scraper in Delaware]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:08:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019807733_1200x675_897424963857.jpg

Time Furlong is in Newark, Delaware where his NBC10 ice scraper is coming in handy.

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<![CDATA[Chester County Seeing Inches of Heavy Snow]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:05:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019805297_1200x675_897360451509.jpg

Chester County has accumulated inches of snow before daybreak Tuesday. NBC10’S Katy Zachry is in Paoli where people are already out shoveling and trying to get ahead of the storm.

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<![CDATA[Stay Safe on Icy Sidewalks: Walk Like a Penguin]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:48:49 -0400 Infographic is by Tablet Infographics]]> Infographic is by Tablet Infographics]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/224*120/how-to-walk-on-ice.jpg

The trick to balancing on slick sidewalks is to "walk like a penguin."

Instinct tells us to do the opposite and center our weight mid-stride, which works on dry walkways.

But this tactic forces legs to split your body weight in half and rely on both feet to maintain balance — not the best idea for icy streets.

A couple years ago, Little Baby’s Ice Cream in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties neighborhood shared a simple infographic on their blog to remind everyone to think of gravity and mimic penguins. Shifting one’s weight onto the front leg keeps people – and penguins – from slipping.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention backs up the penguin waddle claim, reminding people to also spread feet slightly to fortify the center of gravity.

With sidewalks freezing over, remember to stay smart and give yourself extra time to waddle to and fro.

One more tip, keep your hands out of your pockets and wear a puffy coat…so if you do fall, at least you can catch yourself and cushion your buns.



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