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Saturday will be dry, with patchy fog through the morning. Into the afternoon, cloudy conditions will remain and winds will be light. Temperatures will pick up to the low to mid 50s.

A Nor'easter will be affecting the area from Sunday afternoon until Tuesday morning. The rain and wind will be worst during the day Monday and Monday night. Gusts could reach 50+ mph, especially at the shore, where coastal flooding is likely around high tides (about 5am and 5pm Monday in New Jersey). At this point, we are forecasting minor coastal flooding.

Rain should be heaviest in Delaware and extreme South Jersey, but all areas should get at least periods of heavy rain at some point during the storm. Rain totals may climb between 1 to 2" by the passage of the Nor'Easter Tuesday morning.

The unseasonably mild air should return Tuesday and last through Thursday, when more typical January temperatures will return.

Saturday: Cloudy and mild. High 54

Sunday: Cloudy, with rain developing. High 52. Heavy rain Sunday night.

Mon: Windy and wet. Rain will be heavy at times. Strong gusty winds. High 48.

Tue: Mostly cloudy, windy. High 50

Wed: Sunny and mild. High 60

Thu: Partly sunny and cooler. High 50

Fri: Partly sunny. High 45

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<![CDATA[Glenn's Blog: Rainy Nor'easter]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:57:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/191*120/01-05-2017-rain-umbrella-1.jpg


It may be pure coincidence, but exactly one year after our only snowstorm of last winter, here comes another big nor’easter. This time, though, it’ll be too warm for snow. 

Here is what the weather map looked like on January 23rd, 2016:

Now, take a look at the predicted map for January 23rd-exactly one year later:

Looks awfully familiar, doesn’t it? It takes more than an intense LOW along the Mid-Atlantic coast in the middle of winter. This January has been MUCH warmer than last year, especially in the days leading up to the big storm. 

            Last year        This year

         HIGH   LOW   HIGH   LOW

19th    29      16       49       43

20th    36      21       48       43

21st    37       26      54       45 

As you can see, it’s not even close to being cold enough for snow-even at night. 

People often ask: “How much snow would we have gotten if it was snow instead of rain?” Usually it’s not a good comparison, since warm air can hold so much more moisture than cold air. There’s just going to be WAAAY more moisture around this time because of the warmer air. But, considering the pattern (including a giant area of HIGH pressure over Eastern Canada), I can easily imagine another two foot near-blizzard for our area. 


Even without snow, this is going to be a big storm. The pressure difference between the LOW and the HIGH will lead to a strong onshore flow. Here’s a close-up of the forecast map:

The lines represent areas of equal pressure (called isobars). The closer they are together, the stronger the winds. Another factor will be the slow movement of the storm itself. That means more and more hours of onshore flow than in a typical coastal storm. 

There won’t be a lot of rain from the system moving through Friday. So the “total accumulated precipitation” map consists mostly of the rain Sunday into Tuesday. Parts of our area are in the 3” range, which is a LOT of rain.

And now for the wind. It will be coming from the Northeast, and this model shows sustained winds at the coast of nearly 40 knots (46 mph). In that case, gusts would be well over 50 mph. When you combine such strong winds with the very wet ground, some trees could go down.


Notice the wind barbs on the above map. They show both wind direction and speed. The map shows hundreds of miles of a wind from the East out in the Atlantic. That piles up water, and the waves get bigger and bigger as they approach land. The longer that wind direction continues, the bigger the waves, too. Each high tide means a higher water level. It all adds up to a significant coastal flood threat if the forecast maps are right. 

We’ve issued a FIRST ALERT for the entire area for the period Sunday afternoon through Monday night for the combination of heavy rain, strong gusty winds, and coastal flooding. Stay tuned for updates on this significant storm.

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<![CDATA[Snow in Miami: Glenn Reflects on 'Freakish' Event ]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:19:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Miami-Anniversary-Blog-2.jpg

I remember it as if it were yesterday, but it occurred 40 years ago. It seems like such a trivial thing-no one was hurt, or even inconvenienced by it. By “IT," I mean snow. And I mean just a few flakes of it. But it was the first time snow was ever observed in Miami, Florida, and everyone seemed to go nuts.

It made news all over the world. Even Johnny Carson did a joke about it in his monologue that night. People who had never seen this before pointed up to the sky as if they were seeing a flying saucer. A local hardware store, in jest, put up a sign stating: “Today’s Special-Snow Shovels."

That was the conversation between me-the loudmouth intern, and my supervisor of the Radar & Public Service section of The National Hurricane Center in Miami. I was on the midnight shift, and started seeing reports of snow in North Florida (Tallahassee and Jacksonville) when I came in. Every hour or two, more reports came in as the snow spread southward through the state.

By about 7 a.m., my supervisor came in, just as I was about to do something no one had ever done-make an official report of snow on the Miami radar. Things were primitive back then, using teletype to send information. I had started the report with “R-S-," meaning light rain and snow. But he wouldn’t let me send it.

“We’ve never had snow here-it can’t be snow," he said.

So far, no snow had been observed south of West Palm Beach.

I replied, “But I’m from Pennsylvania. I know what snow looks like on radar.”

It wasn’t long after that when the calls started. It was snowing in the Fort Lauderdale area. Some people were actually screaming at me, as if a monster had broken into their house. “IT’S SNOWING! I SWEAR IT’S SNOWING!” After a few calls we were convinced it was really happening. Then the calls started coming in from the Miami area-as far south as Homestead. Snow was even reported in Freeport in the Bahamas. By then, I was allowed to report it officially on radar. But it never did snow officially at Miami International Airport, so the record books need an asterisk.

It had to be an extreme pattern-after all, this was unprecedented. Here is the upper-air map from that time, along with the headline as big as if World War III had started…..

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The now infamous Polar Vortex had dropped near Maine. But the most important feature is the sharp change from that LOW in Maine down to Florida. Upper-air winds flow along those lines, so a flow from the north from Canada to Ohio to Georgia quickly changes to a flow from the southwest just off the Florida coast. This is known in meteorology as a “sharp trough," and we rarely see anything so extreme. This pattern not only brought severe cold all the way to Miami, but also allowed precipitation to fall along a narrow band in Florida. A typically strong cold blast coming into Florida usually brings dry weather. Only an extreme pattern could lead to the snow.

This may happen again one day in the future. But it hadn’t happened in about 100 years before the event, and hasn’t happened in the 40 years after it.

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<![CDATA[Heavy Rain to Hit the Area by End of Weekend]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:22:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/011016+rain+weather+generic.jpg

Following a rainy Tuesday, where the entire Tri-State area saw on-off showers throughout the day, another round of rain will move in Friday.

This round of rain will be more short-lived, and light as it passes by the area.
Here’s a look at one model's projection for the passing rain:

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The rain should come in late afternoon from the southwest, and exit in the overnight. Notice the light greens—that indicates it isn’t heavy. This is the same rain that will pass Washington D.C. earlier in the day Friday, leaving Inauguration Day a bit soggy.

The next system is still several days away, and as a result, certainty cannot be as high. That being said, it’s looking more and more likely a strong storm will pass us Sunday afternoon through late Monday. The result? A very wet forecast.

Here’s a look at the same model from above on Sunday evening.

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The deeper greens suggest more steady rain. The heaviest rain comes Monday. Take a look at the oranges and yellows surrounding the region:

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The storm center is the red ‘L’ you see. It will pass to the south of New Jersey over the ocean, but the winds around a storm’s center are typically very strong. Even down at the ground. By Monday, the heaviest rain will pass and high winds are forecast. Gusts may be above 40 mph, with the highest winds near the Jersey Shore and Delaware beaches.

With rain from Sunday afternoon to Monday night, some areas may see high rain accumulation. Check out the Weather Prediction Center’s forecast for rain totals from the storm:

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The map shows forecast rain totals from Saturday evening (that’s 00Z SUN) through Monday night (00Z TUE). It has portions of New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Delaware under the turquoise, light purple and purple colors. That’s the range between 1.25” and 2”!

So, while this storm will need to be monitored—it could slow down, or not cut quite as close to us—it’s looking to be much more impressive than Friday’s evening rain.

For now though, that leaves us with quite a rainy period! Check out the total week long forecast for rain across the I-95 corridor from tonight through next Wednesday night.

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That’s A LOT of rain! The reds over New Jersey, Delaware and Southeast Pennsylvania represent the range of 2.5” to 4”.

Well, recently we’ve seen a few periods of rain and snow across the area. That’s helped us locally, and helped basins around the Northeast. In fact, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) just announced they lifted the basinwide drought watch.

But, that doesn’t mean drought conditions are entirely put to bed. While the watch is lifted, areas are drier than they should be.

“Although upper basin reservoir storage has rebounded in recent weeks automatically ending the drought watch operations, other indicators such as groundwater levels, stream flows, precipitation, soil moisture, and local reservoir storage have not all recovered,” said DRBC Executive Director Steve Tambini. “As a result, various state-issued drought watches and warnings based on those indicators remain in effect across most of the basin.”

Actually, according to the Drought Monitor, a government agency that works with the US Dept. of Agriculture and NOAA, still has New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware under various levels of drought. Parts of New Jersey see the worst, with the northern half under the “Severe Drought” level. Delaware fairs best— the southern half is not under drought and the northern half is only considered abnormally dry. As for southeast Pennsylvania? The zone is mostly classified as Moderate Drought.

The next round of rain should continue to assist with the drought conditions across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. More on this in the week to come!

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<![CDATA[Earth Sets Record for Hottest Year Third Time in a Row]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:26:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/global-warning.jpg

Government scientists say the Earth sizzled to a third straight heat record last year. 

They mostly blame man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino, which has since disappeared. 

The figures announced Wednesday come from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which measure global temperatures in slightly different ways. They said last year passed 2015 as the hottest year on record. 

NOAA calculated that the average global temperature last year was 58.69 degrees (14.84 degrees Celsius) — beating the previous year by .07 degrees (.04 Celsius). 

NASA's figures include more of the Arctic, which was warmer than usual. The agency said last year was .22 degrees (.12 degrees Celsius) warmer than 2015. 

NASA's Gavin Schmidt said most of the record heat was from man-made climate change.

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<![CDATA[Inauguration Day Forecast: Rainy and Warm ]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:58:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Inauguration-Day-Rain.jpg

It won’t be the warmest inauguration day in history, but it will be one of the warmest. Compare the predicted 49 degrees to the SEVEN degrees for President Reagan’s 2nd inauguration, with reported wind chills down to 20 degrees below zero! Curiously enough, President Reagan’s first inauguration was the warmest in history, at 55 degrees.

There have been quite a few inauguration days when it rained or snowed-in some cases, a lot. President Kennedy took the oath with 8 inches of fresh snow on the ground, which had fallen overnight and into the morning. William H. Taft suffered through a 10 inch snowstorm and strong winds. Grover Cleveland in 1893 took the oath under a frigid wind and snow.

And as for rain, one time it was even so bad it might have led to the death of the new President. In 1841, William Henry Harrison did more than make the mistake of taking the oath in the pouring rain WITHOUT A COAT OR HAT. He also spoke for nearly two hours, ending up with pneumonia and then died about a month later.

Wet. Here’s the predicted map for 1 p.m. Friday from the Canadian model:

The European model is a little slower, with rain holding off until after 2pm. A compromise forecast brings the rain in shortly before noon and becoming steady in the afternoon. But it also looks to be on the light side. Not much wind is expected, so it won’t be too uncomfortable. But if you’re headed there, take the rain gear. If you don’t need it in the morning, it’s pretty clear you’ll need it before the end of the day.

It’s clear that much of the second half of January is going to feature very mild weather compared to normal over much of the country, and even much of Canada. Here is the current map of temperatures around 5000 feet. Central and Southern Canada are nearly off the charts with above normal temps. And the entire eastern half of the U.S. is WAAAAY above normal. On the other hand, incredible cold is over Alaska.

That is clearly an extreme pattern, but it’s going to change. Look at the same type of map about ten days from now. The tremendous warmth continues in Southern and Central Canada. But a big piece of the Alaska bitter cold has dropped down into the western half of the U.S. and is still spreading eastward:

Only a few days later, the cold is now covering nearly the ENTIRE U.S.!

So, by the start of February, the colder pattern will have settled in. Will any storms track that lead to snow? More on that later in the week.

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<![CDATA[Bill's Blog: Warmer Temps With Rain Likely]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:11:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bill+Blog+6+Trend.png

Hold on to your thermometer, normally cold winter temperatures are set to take a break this week! The warming trend starts Monday as Morning temperatures that dropped to well below freezing began warming up nicely.

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The nicer weather is timed perfectly for MLK Day activities. Although the sunshine will start to fade with clouds increasing in the afternoon, it will stay dry through the evening and won't be as cold Monday night.

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The timing of the clouds is key. With their arrival late Monday into the evening, temperatures will not get as cold, making it likely that most neighborhoods will be warm enough to only see rain Tuesday. However, those first showers may produce light rain or light freezing rain before sunrise in the colder Lehigh Valley neighborhoods, but this area will likely only get rain after sunrise as it will warm above freezing during the day.

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Rain showers will be on and off during the day Tuesday.

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The First Alert hour-by-hour Futurecast shows the possibility of moderate showers in the Pennsylvania suburbs Tuesday evening.

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After Tuesday's rain, let the milder weather begin! The average high temperature for Philadelphia in January is 40 degrees, but, we'll be in the 50s starting Wednesday.

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There will be more periods of wet weather with this mild air, but as the 10-Day on 10 shows, it will only be rain.

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<![CDATA[Back to Winter, Even Some Snow]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:58:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/a9f113b4bfd147fc960e6ceceaf5740e.JPG.jpg


There were a couple of high temperature records set Thursday. Wilmington, DE smashed their record of 63 set in 1913. They got up to 68 degrees. At the Atlantic City airport, their record also was 63 set in 1913. They got up to 67 degrees. In Philadelphia, it reached 67, but the record was 72. 

After freezing temperatures Friday night, it will feel like the 20s much of the day Saturday. That’s not nearly as bitter cold as last weekend, but closer to “normal” for January.


This is not a big, nasty Nor’easter. It’s not even a well-organized “Clipper”-type storm. This actually has more to do with HIGH pressure than low pressure. So don’t look at your barometer for any clue to the threat of snow around here for Saturday. 

Here is the predicted weather map for Saturday at 7 a.m. from one of the Canadian models. [[410591555, C,570,480]]

You won’t find any “L”’s on the map-not even a weak one. Instead, there’s a big, bad “H” over upstate New York. The number 1042 next to the “H” tells us how strong the HIGH is. The 1042 is in “millibars”, which is the unit meteorologists use to track HIGH and LOW pressure systems. That 1042 is a very high number. If you had one of those old-fashioned barometers, it would tell you that “FAIR” weather is coming. Not this time. 

Atmospheric pressure isn’t about absolutes as much as it’s about RELATIVE numbers. The lower pressures in West Virginia aren’t very low, but they are much lower than in the middle of the HIGH. So what happens? The precipitation that you see on the map moves toward the HIGH and will weaken as it moves into the dry air that comes with the HIGH. By 1pm, the HIGH is centered over Long Island, and a small area of snow (blue) is approaching our area. Since Delaware and extreme South Jersey are farther away from the HIGH, those areas have the best chance of any snow accumulation. [[410591625, C,580,520]]

These maps are even less impressive than they were yesterday. The trend continues for it not even to be a “nuisance”. Here’s why:

1. Less precipitation expected

2. Starts well after sunrise, when it would be cold enough to stick

3. Early dryness allows temps to go above freezing

4. Lighter snow won’t cool off the surface very much 

It all adds up to not needing to change plans for Saturday, which is what we said yesterday. Of course, things can change in the next 24 hours, but that is what weather updates are for. We’ll be watching it closely for you.

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<![CDATA[Enjoying Spring-Like Weather at Philly Art Museum]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:49:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018800797_1200x675_853391427974.jpg NBC10’s Pamela Osborne speaks with people outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art who made the most of the warm weather Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[Frozen Hydrants Cripple Firefighters' Efforts in NJ Blaze]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:51:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/parsippany+fire.jpg

Frozen fire hydrants crippled firefighters' efforts to knock out a raging house fire in New Jersey Tuesday.

When flames began shooting from the townhouse at 31 Stockton Court in Parsippany Tuesday morning, the first firefighters on scene rushed to open the hydrant out front, only to find that one and two others completely frozen. 

Dispatch recordings revealed the exchange between firefighters: "At this time, we're unable to find a working hydrant," one of them says. "Get me a tanker task force from the county, please." 

Emergency responders used blowtorches to thaw the frozen hydrants, and firefighters drew water from their trucks into the hoses to try to stop the flames. 

Parsippany Fire Chief David Hollner told NBC 4 at the scene, "Cold water is taking a toll on the guys and we had numerous frozen hydrants on arrival, delaying water getting onto the fire." 

The Mount Tabor fire chief told NBC that three fire hydrants closest to the house were all frozen, and firefighters eventually had to use a hydrant more than 1,000 feet away, on a different street. 

"The only way to know if they're frozen is if we open them and no water comes out," he said.

A woman who lives in the house that caught fire was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The other resident and their dog got out safely, but their home is destroyed. 

Neighbor Dimple Ghandi recalled the frightening scene: "Lots of flames, lots of smoke. It was scary, very scary." 

By the time the three-alarm fire was under control, all five townhouses in the row had smoke and water damage, and more than 10 people were forced out of their homes. 

Red Cross is helping the displaced residents.

Parsippany Water Company said it tests the hydrants every year to make sure they're working, and it responded right away Tuesday to help thaw them. 

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<![CDATA[Here Comes the Warmth But How Warm Will it Get?]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:35:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/195*120/3+Day+Outlook+Krystal.JPG

Major Warm-Up Thaws Philadelphia Region

After experiencing several days straight of below freezing temperatures, and even below zero temperatures, a big thaw is heading for the tri-state area. Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware will see temperatures climb through the 40s, 50s, and even 60s later this week.

Temperatures Rise Past Freezing

In Philadelphia, temperatures have been at or below freezing since last Thursday. In fact, over the weekend, temperatures never even made it into the 30s. Some spots across the region even saw temperatures fall below zero, particularly in South Jersey.

Those cold conditions are on the way out.

Instead, warmer air will filter into the region. Temperatures already had climbed about 32 degrees in South Jersey and the Shore by Tuesday around noon. By late day, most of the area will be above freezing and temperatures will still be climbing. It’s pretty easy to see the cold air in place across the region looking at the blues on the map below.

But check out the temperature anomaly map (below) by Thursday! The reds and oranges indicate the higher than average temperatures for mid-January.

Over the next several days, while periods of rain will pass Tuesday and Wednesday nights, temperatures will continue to climb. By Wednesday, the forecast high for Philadelphia is 52 degrees, and by Thursday it’s 65. The average is 40!

History in the Making?

Not exactly. Temperatures are going to be considerably warmer than average for mid-January. However, they won’t be record breaking for most. The record in Philadelphia for Thursday, Jan. 12, is 72 degrees. That was set all the way back in 1890!  It’s not terribly shocking to see 60s in the forecast, either. Last Jan. 10, the high capped at 65 degrees.  By Jan. 12, the high had fallen into the mid-40s.

The NBC10 First Alert team is expecting Wilmington to be one of few zones potentially breaking a record for warmth. The current record was set in 1913, and sits at 63. Wilmington is also forecast to hit the mid-60s.

Areas like Allentown and Atlantic City will see a large warm up, too, although not record breaking. Allentown is forecast to hit the mid-50s and Atlantic City the upper-50s.

Warmth Doesn’t Last Long

By the weekend, temperatures are expected to take a sharp drop. Colder air shifts back over the Mid-Atlantic states, and the forecast high for Saturday will only climb to the upper-30s, which continues into Sunday. Some areas – mostly north and west of Philadelphia – may even be able to pick up a small amount of snow by Saturday night. More on that in the days to come!

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<![CDATA[Bitter Cold Grips Region, Snow Remains on Sidewalks]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:36:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/221*120/Snowy+Road+Manayunk.JPG NBC10's Matt DeLucia reports as StormForce10 transverses the roads of Manayunk and Roxborough Monday morning.

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<![CDATA[Slippery Road Conditions Lead to Accidents Across Region ]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2017 00:32:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Delaware+Slippery+Roads_22072508.jpg

Slippery road conditions from Saturday’s snow caused several accidents across the region.

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A mail carrier was injured after his postal truck overturned on the 300 block of Cinnaminson Street in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia. The mail carrier was taken to the hospital, treated for minor injuries and released. Officials say residents in the area could see a slight delay in deliveries due to the crash.

Officials also advise residents to clear paths to their driveways and mailboxes in order to create safer conditions for mail carriers.

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Slippery roads also caused an accident involving an EMS unit and a car on 2nd Street near Lancaster Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware. Fortunately no injuries were reported and no patients were inside the ambulance at the time of the accident.

Several cars as well as a tractor trailer also slipped off the road and struck the median on I-295 South near Exit 11 in Swedesboro, New Jersey. No one was seriously injured however.

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<![CDATA[Parked Pickup Truck Rolls Off Snow-Covered Driveway]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2017 00:35:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Truck-Slides-Out-of-Drivewa.jpg

Saturday’s slippery conditions caused problems for drivers across the area, even the ones who weren’t inside their vehicle.

Video captured a parked pickup truck sliding out of a driveway in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. Neal Roberts told NBC10 his wife had just arrived home around 1:30 p.m. and parked her pickup truck in their driveway. Conditions were so slippery however that her truck began to slide even though it was in park and the emergency brake was on.

Surveillance video captured the truck hitting the family’s mailbox before coming to a rest. Fortunately no one was hurt and the vehicle wasn’t damaged. Roberts, who had just arrived at the airport from Las Vegas when his wife called and told him what happened, said the situation could have been far worse.

“Luckily there were no cars coming up,” he said. “That would’ve been ugly.”

Saturday’s snow led to accidents throughout the region. No serious injuries were reported however.

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<![CDATA[Snow Totals in Your Neighborhood ]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2017 00:23:10 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Snow-Totals-Ruler.jpg

Snow fell across the region Saturday. Take a look at the snow totals across the area. This article will be updated with the latest totals as we get them from the National Weather Service. 


Kent County

Dover - 5.4 inches

Frederica - 4.4 inches

Harrington - 3.4 inches

Smyrna - 6.2 inches

Woodside - 7.0 inches

New Castle County

Blackbird - 4.7 inches

Claymont - 2.4 inches

Glasgow - 2.0 inches

Greenville - 2.1 inches

Hockessin - 1.8 inches

Newark - 2.9 inches

New Castle - 3.0 inches

Port Penn - 3.5 inches

Prices Corner - 2.2 inches

Talley Brook - 2.5 inches

White Clay Creek - 1.7 inches

Sussex County

Bethany Beach - 7.1 inches

Bridgeville - 6.1 inches

Delmar - 7.5 inches

Ellendale - 6.6 inches

Gumboro - 8.4 inches

Laurel - 8.0 inches

Lewes - 10.0 inches

Milton - 6.0 inches

Nassau - 5.8 inches

Ocean View - 13.5 inches

Seaford - 9.0 inches

Selbyville - 13.0 inches

Stockley - 6.2 inches


Atlantic County

Absecon - 6.5 inches

Atlantic City - 2.8 inches

Bargaintown - 6.5 inches

Buena Vista Township - 7.5 inches

Collings Lakes - 6.5 inches

Egg Harbor Township - 6.5 inches

Estell Manor - 8.7 inches

Galloway Township - 7.0 inches

Hammonton - 7.8 inches

Mays Landing - 8.0 inches

Pinehurst - 2.0 inches

Pleasantville - 6.0 inches

Somers Point - 6.5 inches

Burlington County

Bordentown - 4.5 inches

Burlington Township - 5.5 inches

Cinnaminson - 2.1 inches

Crosswicks - 5.7 inches

Eastampton Township - 5.0 inches

Florence - 5.8 inches

Lumberton - 5.5 inches

Moorestown - 5.5 inches

Mount Holly - 5.9 inches

Mount Laurel - 6.5 inches

Southampton Township - 5.0 inches

Tabernacle - 5.0 inches

Camden County

Blackwood - 5.0 inches

Gloucester Township - 6.0 inches

Haddon Heights - 6.5 inches

Lindenwold - 5.5 inches

Somerdale - 5.0 inches

Cape May County

Belleplain - 3.8 inches

Cape May Court House - 7.0 inches

Cape May Harbor - 7.5 inches

Erma - 6.8 inches

Goshen - 6.2 inches

Green Creek - 7.5 inches

Seaville - 6.8 inches

Stone Harbor - 6.5 inches

Cumberland County

Bridgeton - 4.0 inches

Cedarville - 4.5 inches

Newport - 5.5 inches

Vineland - 4.5 inches

Upper Deerfield Township - 4.0 inches

Gloucester County

Malaga - 7.0 inches

Mantua - 6.5 inches

Mullica Hill - 6.0 inches

Pitman - 7.0 inches

Sewell - 5.0 inches

Washington Township - 5.8 inches

Williamstown - 6.1 inches

Mercer County

Ewing - 2.5 inches

Harts Corner - 3.0 inches

Lawrence Township - 4.0 inches

Princeton - 5.0 inches

Trenton - 5.0 inches

Yardville - 5.5 inches

Ocean County

Barnegat - 8.5 inches

Beach Haven - 5.0 inches

Brick Township - 7.3 inches

Jackson Township - 6.0 inches

Manahawkin - 5.0 inches

Toms River - 5.5 inches


Bucks County

Hilltown Township - 1.5 inches

Lower Makefield Township - 3.9 inches

Morrisville - 4.5 inches

Newtown - 1.8 inches

West Rockhill Township - 1.8 inches

Chester County

Downingtown - 1.8 inches

East Nantmeal - 1.5 inches

Elverson - 1.8 inches

West Chester - 1.2 inches

Delaware County

Chadds Ford - 3.0 inches

Collingdale - 4.0 inches

Garnet Valley - 2.3 inches

Lansdowne - 2.9 inches

Media - 2.0 inches

Norwood - 3.0 inches

Ridley Park - 4.5 inches

Wayne - 2.2 inches

Montgomery County

Abington - 2.5 inches

Ambler - 1.6 inches

Collegeville - 1.2 inches

Graterford - 1.2 inches

Green Lane - 2.0 inches

Horsham - 2.5 inches

Huntingdon Valley - 2.8 inches

Montgomeryville - 2.1 inches

Royersford - 1.0 inches

Wynnewood - 3.0 inches

Philadelphia County

Philadelphia - 3.8 inches

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<![CDATA[20 Winter Weather Tips for Your Home, Car & Pets]]> Sat, 07 Jan 2017 12:27:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-snow-11.jpg

A storm is making its way across the region and is leaving a blanket of snow for many. 

Read on for some tips to help you cope with this dangerously cold weather at home, in your car or when caring for your pets:


  1. Stay indoors if possible. If you must go outdoors, officials urge you dress warmly and wear loosefitting, layered, lightweight clothing. Wear a scarf over your mouth to protect your lungs.
  2. Watch for signs of hypothermia, including uncontrollable shivering, weak pulse, disorientation, incoherence and drowsiness, and frostbite, including gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness and waxy-feeling skin.
  3. Have safe emergency heating equipment in your home, as well as a flashlight, portable radio and three days' worth of food in case the power goes out.
  4. To prevent frozen pipes, State Farm suggests letting your hot and cold faucets drip overnight and open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks on exterior walls.
  5. Find the water shut-off valve in your home in advance of a water emergency, so you know where to go if a pipe bursts, D.C. Water spokesperson Pamela Mooring advised.
  6. Disconnect garden hoses and, if practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
  7. If you' are going away for an extended period of time, be sure to maintain adequate heat inside your home at no lower than 55 degrees.
  8. Do not place a space heater within three feet of anything combustible.
  9. Go ahead and program your local utility contact information into your cellphone now, before you need them. 

    Important Utility Numbers include:

         — PECO: 1-800-841-4141
         — PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734
         — PP&L: 1-800-342-5775
         — Atlantic City Electric: 1-800-833-7476
         — Delmarva Power: 1-800-375-7117


  1. If your car battery is three years old or older, it is more likely to fail as temperatures drops, according to AAA. Never attempt to charge or jump-start a battery that is frozen, as it may rupture or explode.
  2. Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  3. Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  4. Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  5. If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  6. Wintry weather can contribute to the deterioration of your windshield wipers. Worn blades streak and impair vision, which is critical during winter months. AAA says wiper blades should be replaced every year.
  7. Keep your washer fluid topped off with winter formula fluid so it won't freeze. Many of your car's fluids should be checked once a month.


  1. Keep your pets inside. Dogs and cats left outside can freeze, get injured or become lost.
  2. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang on the hood of your car before starting the engine to give them a chance to escape.
  3. The ASPCA suggests wiping your dogs' legs, feet and abdomens when they come in from snowy or icy conditions. Dogs can ingest salt, antifreeze and other chemicals when licking their paws.
  4. Never leave your pet inside a car unattended.

Get the latest weather from NBCPhiladelphia.com:

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<![CDATA[Delaware Coast Begins to See Start of Snow Storm]]> Sat, 07 Jan 2017 08:24:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018719414_1200x675_849745475876.jpg Delaware has begun to see the beginning of a day-long snow storm that could reach up to 7 inches along the coast. NBC10’s Tim Furlong is in StormForce10 riding through Rehoboth Beach, Sussex County to track what has already accumulated.]]> <![CDATA[Snow Moves Out of Region, Bitter Cold and Wind Move In ]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2017 00:25:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dolles+in+Delaware.jpg


Snow has moved out of our area after falling in towns across the region, from central Montgomery County to the New Jersey coast, South Philadelphia to Burlington County.

The storm arrived before dawn at the Jersey and Delaware coasts, which put it on schedule with NBC10 First Alert meteorologists' forecast heading into the weekend.


Delaware saw the highest snow totals in our area with 13.5 inches recorded in Ocean View, Sussex County. CLICK HERE for the latest snow totals from the National Weather Service.

The snowfall got progressively heavier through the day before moving out of the region around 9 p.m.


Arctic air continues to move in, and it’s just going to get colder and colder as we head toward the weekend. Here are predicted temperatures at 7 a.m. Sunday:

Remember, these are temperatures, not wind chills. I expect 15 to 30 mph winds Sunday, so wind chills should be down near ZERO in places.

But, like other cold blasts this season, it’s not going to last for a long time. The warm up starts Tuesday, and look at the forecast maps for Wednesday compared to normal:

That’s the entire eastern half of the country with WAAAY above normal temperatures! We could even get back to 50-plus degrees that day.

Photo Credit: Tim Furlong/NBC10
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<![CDATA[Jersey Shore Readying for 1st Big Snowfall of Year]]> Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:23:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018715585_1200x675_849617475908.jpg As much as 6 inches of snow could fall along the Jersey Shore on Saturday and residents and officials are getting ready to combat its effects.]]> <![CDATA[Jersey Shore Prepares for Saturday Snow Storm]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:50:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018713809_1200x675_849438787976.jpg Cape May crews ironed out the kinks with Thursday's flurries. Now, they're ready for the real thing with over 6 inches of snow expected to fall on Saturday. NBC10 Jersey Shore Bureau Reporter Ted Greenberg spoke with crews and residents about how they're preparing for the second snow of the year.]]> <![CDATA[Bracing for the Bitter Cold in Delaware]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:01:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018713285_1200x675_849395267946.jpg Bitter cold temperatures are heading our way. NBC10 Delaware Bureau Reporter Tim Furlong found out how people in Middletown, Delaware are getting ready for the cold and the snow.]]> <![CDATA[Bitter Cold After Saturday Snow]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 07:48:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Snow+total+forecast+Saturday+morning.JPG ]]> <![CDATA[Residents Finish Snow Cleanup, Prepare for More to Come]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:42:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018706568_1200x675_849199171560.jpg The overnight snow made the usual Friday morning routine more difficult. NBC10’s Pamela Osborne talks to people looking ahead to more snow that could be coming next.]]> <![CDATA[Snow Makes It Feel Like Winter]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:18:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WEB_Matt_11a_22060425_1200x675_849161795659.jpg While the roads continue to clear up from the overnight snowfall, NBC10’s Matt Delucia visited Camden County to see how they are preparing for the rest of this winter season.]]> <![CDATA[1st Snow of 2017 in Montco]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:37:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018703049_1200x675_849033283823.jpg NBC10’s Matt DeLucia reports live from Willow Grove where he is surveying the roads in StormForce10.]]> <![CDATA[Tracking More Snow for Freezing Weekend]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 23:57:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/5d74bc1e75874d08bb19097d0e439616.jpg


A larger portion of the area should see snow Saturday and some spots are expected to tally higher totals.

The expansion of the snow area is more in line with the computer models that showed higher amounts once the storm gets into our area. And most of the models in this evening show that same trend. It’s not a dramatic change, but it is in the direction of more snow overall, and an expanding area of snow into parts of Pennsylvania.


Here’s the latest model based on data from 9 p.m. showing snow totals by 3 p.m. Saturday:

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For those looking for a written breakdown, here's what's expected in a few key spots:

  • Rehoboth Beach - 8+ inches
  • Atlantic City- 6 inches or more
  • Dover - 3-5 inches
  • Wilmington/Philadelphia/Trenton - 2-3 inches
  • Pottstown - 1-3 inches

The LOW pressure area is in the same place and has the same strength as the models showed last night, but the north and westward expanse of the snow has increased. That’s why the snow totals are increased with tonight’s forecast.

As for the timing, expect it to be snowing across much of Delaware and South Jersey by the time you wake up. The snowfall will get progressively heavier through the day and should move out by 6 p.m.

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Arctic air continues to move in, and it’s just going to get colder and colder as we head toward the weekend. Here are predicted temperatures at 7 a.m. Sunday:

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Remember, these are temperatures, not wind chills. I expect 15 to 30 mph winds Sunday, so wind chills should be down near ZERO in places.

But, like other cold blasts this season, it’s not going to last for a long time. The warm up starts Tuesday, and look at the forecast maps for Wednesday compared to normal:
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That’s the entire eastern half of the country with WAAAY above normal temperatures! We could even get back to 50-plus degrees that day.

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<![CDATA[Snow Totals Where You Live]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:11:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/1a62824ca9b6455980b5ef10d934b11f.jpg

Snow totals are coming in to the National Weather Service for our area as snow fell on the Philadelphia region overnight Thursday into Friday.

Here are some towns' snow totals by county for each state:


Berks County
Huffs Church1.8
Bucks County
Lower Makefield Township2.6
West Rockhill Twp.2.8
Chester County
Chester Springs2.4
E. Nantmeal Twp.3.3
New London2.0
West Caln Twp.3.2
West Chester2.0
Delaware County
Garnet Valley1.8
Lehigh County
Lehigh Valley International Airport1.1
Monroe County
Mount Pocono0.3
Montgomery County
King of Prussia2.5
Northampton County
Bushkill Twp.0.3
Philadelphia County
Northeast Philadelphia2.0
Philadelphia Int'l Airport1.9

New Jersey

Atlantic County
Atlantic City Airport1.0
Estell Manor0.8
Mays Landing0.4
Burlington County
Mount Holly2.0
Camden County
Cherry Hill2.3
Gloucester City2.5
Cape May County
Gloucester County
Washington Township1.5
Mercer County
Ewing Twp.2.3
Hopewell Twp.2.5
Ocean County
Lacey Township1.1
Toms River1.0
Salem County


Kent County
New Castle County
New Castle County AI1.0

<![CDATA[School Closings & Delays]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:26:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Snow+Bus.jpg Is school opening late or closed due to winter weather?
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<![CDATA[Bitter Cold, More Snow on the Way?]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:25:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SNOW+BROAD+AND+WASHINGTON+2_22053493.jpg


It started pretty much on schedule, between 7 and 8pm in much of the area. It started officially in Philadelphia at 7:52pm. It’s a weak disturbance moving rapidly through the area, bringing mainly light snow to the area overnight. 

The snow moved out before daybreak leaving up to 2 inches or more of snow on parts of the region and leaving for a messy commute.


There’s another disturbance coming right on the heels of the first. This one is going to be a real storm, and parts of some southern states are going to get slammed by it. In our case, the Jersey Shore and Delaware Beaches could get more snow from that storm Saturday than what they’ll see tonight. 

The overall pattern does NOT favor the storm strengthening rapidly or tracking more up the coast. In this case, it’s mainly about how wide the significant snow area is on the north side of the storm. It’s a battle between the southern moisture and the Arctic air over New England. Some Thursday evening computer models show a lot of snow for the Jersey Shore, while others show much less. Below is a compromise-type map, the Canadian, which shows a storm offshore and a huge area of precipitation around it: 


Arctic air is moving in now, and it’s just going to get colder and colder as we head toward the weekend. Here are predicted temperatures at 7am Sunday from the latest computer model. 

Remember, these are temperatures, not wind chills. I expect 15-30 mph winds Sunday, so wind chills should be down near ZERO in places. 

But, like other cold blasts this season, it’s not going to last for a long time. The warm up starts Tuesday, and look at the forecast maps for Wednesday compared to normal: 

That’s the entire eastern half of the country with WAAAY above normal temperatures! We could even get back to 50+ degrees that day. 

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<![CDATA[First Snow of '17 Falls in Chester County]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:56:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018697627_1200x675_848822339674.jpg Snow fell in large flakes in Chester County, PA where the most snow was expected. NBC10's Brandon Hudson reports from Downingtown.]]> <![CDATA[Philly Residents Embrace First Flakes of 2017]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 23:45:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018697629_1200x675_848819267958.jpg As the first flakes of the year fall in Philadelphia, residents found a way to enjoy them. NBC10's Keith Jones found some fun.]]> <![CDATA[Slippery Roads in Lindenwold During Snow]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 23:44:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018697640_1200x675_848817731988.jpg Snow made for slippery conditions on the roads, especially on bridges and overpasses. NBC10's Drew Smith was there as crews pulled a pickup out of a ditch in Lindenwold after it slid off the road.]]> <![CDATA[First Flakes of 2017 Fall on Philly Region]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:52:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SNOW+BROAD+AND+WASHINGTON+_22053489.jpg Snow fell Thursday into Friday leaving 1-3 inches of snow on much of the Philadelphia region.

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<![CDATA[Delaware Prepares for Snow]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:45:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018695156_1200x675_848661059560.jpg DelDOT is pre-treating the roads for Thursday night's snowfall. NBC10 Delaware Bureau Reporter, Tim Furlong, has the details on minimizing road issues for the Friday morning rush.]]> <![CDATA[Preparing for Snow in NJ]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:26:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018695073_1200x675_848648259650.jpg The Jersey Shore could see a one-two punch of snow by the end of the week. NBC10 Jersey Shore Bureau Reporter Ted Greenberg has the latest on how crews are preparing in Atlantic County.]]> <![CDATA[Preparing for Snow in Pennsylvania]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:17:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018693591_1200x675_848560195993.jpg PennDOT crews pre-treated the roads on Thursday afternoon in Norristown. NBC10’s Randy Gyllenhaal found out how PennDOT and local contractors are preparing for the coming winter blast.]]> <![CDATA[Follow That Snow Plow in Montco Township]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:27:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/192*120/Upper+Merion+Snow+Plowing+Map.JPG

A Montgomery County township wants residents and workers to know exactly when public works crews get to plowing roads.

Upper Merion Township announced Thursday the launch of interactive GIS-based mapping system TRAISR to "show exactly when and where leaf removal, street sweeping and snow removal has occurred."

The township said in its news release that the system is most important during snow events, like what is expected overnight Thursday into Friday:

"Residents can log on to the portal via the township website and see an interactive map of snow emergency routes. Once the snow stops and the township begins final clean-up mode, only then will the map reflect which roads have been plowed: green roads have been cleared, light gray roads are still to be completely cleared."

The system basically uses GPS tracking of township vehicles to update a public mapping portal every 15 minutes once a "storm event has passed," said the township, which encompasses King of Prussia, Gulph Mills, part of Wayne and other towns.

"TRAISR will provide another layer of transparency for our residents that hasn't been available until recently," said supervisor chair Bill Jenaway. "Real-time tracking will not only being more efficiency to public works operations, but all provide residents with better information to hopefully alleviate some of the concerns associated with storm cleanup."

In case you’re having trouble tracking that plow, the township released a video to help people navigate the mapping portal.

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<![CDATA[Snow Overnight, Then Blast of Cold]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:27:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SOUTH+PHILA+SNOW+1_22052322.jpg

First, the Snow

Light snow is moving closer and will arrive Thursday evening. Here's how the radar looks Thursday morning:

Not a very impressive system, we can’t really even call it a storm. But it’s an area of snow moving in our neighborhoods tonight. Now here is what the weather map will look like this evening around 8 o'clock as the snow starts accumulating.

By late this evening, light snowfall will be more widespread.

But this light snow won't last long, it's mostly offshore by 6am, well before sunrise and before the morning commute is well underway.

So that's it, a gentle snowfall and all of it falling at night when most are at home! That will make it easier for roads to be treated before the traffic picks up Friday morning.

How much snow? Expect on average, about an inch or two. Higher elevations, mainly in Pennsylvania could get a bit more than the valleys, but not much more. The wind should also be very light, which is unusual for a snowfall.

Don’t Forget the Cold

Arctic air is moving in now, and it’s just going to get colder and colder as we head toward the weekend. Here are predicted temperatures at 7 a.m. Sunday from the latest computer model:

Remember, these are temperatures, not wind chills. Expect 15-30 mph winds Sunday, so wind chills should be down near ZERO in places.

But, like other cold blasts this season, it’s not going to last for long. The warm up starts Tuesday. Check out the forecast maps for Wednesday compared to normal:

That’s the entire eastern half of the country with above normal temperatures!

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<![CDATA[Tracking Snow Overnight]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:37:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Snow-Flurries-Generic.jpg

It’s moving our way fast. Here is the way the radar looked Wednesday evening.

Not a very impressive system at all-we can’t even call it a storm. But it’s an area of snow moving into our area while it’s getting very cold. That adds up to widespread, but light snow Thursday night.

The snow should move in around 7 to 9 p.m. with an inch or two expected before midnight.

And it’s going to move so fast, it should be past most of the area before daybreak Friday:

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So, that’s about SIX HOURS of mainly light snow-and just about all of it will fall in the middle of the night! That will make it easier for roads to be treated before the traffic picks up early Friday morning.

How much snow? NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz expects an average of about an inch, with a few spots picking up 2 inches. Higher elevations in the Pennsylvania counties away from Philadelphia would be expected to get a bit more than the valleys. The wind should also be very light, which is unusual for a snowfall.

Here is the latest high-resolution map just out Wednesday evening:

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Arctic air is moving in now, and it’s just going to get colder and colder as we head toward the weekend. Here are predicted temperatures at 7 a.m. Sunday.

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Remember, these are temperatures, not wind chills. Glenn expects 15 to 30 mph winds Sunday, so wind chills should be down near ZERO in places.

But, like other cold blasts this season, it’s not going to last for a long time. The warm-up starts Tuesday, and look at the forecast maps for Wednesday compared to normal:

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That’s the entire eastern half of the country with WAAAY above normal temperatures! We could even get back to 50-plus degrees that day.

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<![CDATA[Bitter Cold and Snow to Hit Area Friday and Saturday ]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:23:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Snow-Flurries-Generic.jpg

We just finished the second warmest year ever recorded in Philadelphia. December wasn’t exactly balmy, but temperatures did average about 1.5 degrees above normal. Still, that was WAAAAY colder than last December, when we were more than 13 degrees above normal, setting records all over the place.

We had two days with temperatures getting down into the teens, but only one day failed to reach the freezing mark (Dec. 16th, with a high of only 26). We’re about to get into a stretch where temperatures may not get above freezing for FIVE straight days!

Here is the map showing low temperatures Wednesday morning in the eastern half of the country:

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Those are not wind chills, they are actual temperatures. Readings go close to 10 degrees near Chicago, -3 in Minneapolis, and about -18 in Carson Wentz’s home state of North Dakota. And where is that bitter cold air going? It’s going our way (no, it’s not going to get below zero here, but it will be quite cold).

Here is what that same type of map will look like by Saturday morning in the Northeast:

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The below zero air has retreated into Canada by the weekend. But look at this map-it shows EVERY state in the lower 48 with temperatures below freezing at the same time!

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It’s been a pretty quiet snow season around here. And we still don’t see any major winter storms in sight. But at least part of our area will be on the northern edge of a couple of storms in the next several days.

Here is the first one, according to the U.S. GFS model for Friday at 7 a.m.

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The LOW pressure off the North Carolina coast isn’t very strong, but there’s enough moisture to spread a little snow as far north as Philadelphia. Obviously, the snow is most likely to fall (and to accumulate) in Southern Delaware and the Jersey Shore. But those blue colors representing the snow are light blue, not the dark blue or purple that would indicate heavy snow.

The second chance at snow is with a bigger storm, with more moisture on Saturday. The storms are so close together that the first one will influence the other. The stronger the first storm is, the more the second one will be suppressed to the south. So, while the GFS model emphasizes the first storm and gives our area nothing from the 2nd storm, other models show the opposite.

The Canadian model has a weaker first storm and then a wider area of snow with the second one. Here is their map for Sunday at 1pm:

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Again, it’s not an intense storm at all, but there’s just enough moisture to spread just far enough north to graze part of our area. As with the first storm, the best chance of any accumulation is in Southern Delaware and at the Jersey Shore.

Obviously, both of these snow “threats” are on the minor side, but in a winter season with so few of these, they become more significant.

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<![CDATA[Rainy, Warmer Start to 2017 But Cold End to Week]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:28:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Umbrella-rain-generic-cold-.jpg

The New Year is beginning soggy. Gray skies and on-off showers will continue throughout the region Monday afternoon and evening, as well as Tuesday. Wednesday will act as a transitional day, before cooler air filters into the region and high temperatures take a nosedive.

Wet But Warm Beginning to Week

Rain began falling across the region in the early hours of Monday, with some spots sitting below the freezing mark. As a result, a Freezing Rain Advisory was in place for parts of the region early in the morning. The changeover to primarily rain was quick through all zones except the Lehigh Valley and Berks County.

Highs in the low to mid 40s were seen Monday, but temperatures will actually plateau through the night into Tuesday morning. So, lows in Philadelphia Tuesday morning will not even drop into the 30s and instead will start warmer than the average high for this time of year (41 degrees).  By Tuesday afternoon the temperatures will climb to the upper 40s. Low 50s are possible near the shore.

The moisture push from the southwest allowed for continued rain to fall on and off across the region, especially over New Jersey and Delaware through Monday afternoon and some light spotty rain is possible overnight.  The rain may break altogether briefly overnight, but will return with the next round of rain moving in from the southwest. Here’s a look at one model prediction for 5 a.m. Tuesday indicating early light rain:

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By the end of the morning commute, around 8-9 a.m., rain may become more steady to even heavy moving from southwest to northeast. In addition, the day will be gray and soggy again. Through the early afternoon, pockets of heavier rain are still possible. There’s a slightly higher potential for heavy rain in portions of Delaware and South Jersey. Take a look at the image below:

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The steadier rain will move out in the later afternoon and early evening. Some lingering light rain may stick after sunset, but dry out overnight into Wednesday.

Shifting to a Colder January

Wednesday will act as a transitional day. Conditions will be drying out, and temperatures will peak in the first half of the day and then begin to fall due to a cold front passage. Highs are expected in the in the low 50s. Winds will also be stronger, with gusts between 25-30 mph. The winds will continue overnight Wednesday and into Thursday as well.

Once the colder air behind the front moves in, temperatures will drop. Thursday high temperatures will only move into the mid to upper-30s. Take a look at the comparison between the temperature anomaly maps from Tuesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon:

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A polar air mass will sink across the area, which will keep temperatures near or below freezing each afternoon Friday through Monday. In fact, this weekend temperatures may never climb above freezing (even in the middle of the afternoon!).

With cold enough air, models are pulling a system into the region that could produce snow. Right now, they are not in agreement with the strength or timing of the system. That means there is still some uncertainty on its actual path and the impact we’ll see. Currently, the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team is calling for a chance of snow showers Friday. This will continue to be monitored and updated over the next several days. 

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<![CDATA[Navigating Freezing Rain]]> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 09:41:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/Wet+Road+Icy+Road.JPG NBC10 helps you navigate your Monday commute through the slick roadways from some freezing rain.

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<![CDATA[Freezing Rain Hits Parts of Region]]> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 07:43:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pete+kane+snow+17th+spring+garden+CCP+philly.jpg

After a beautiful New Year’s Day with mostly clear skies and high temperatures 7 to 10 degrees above normal, changes moved in overnight.

A low pressure system to the south developed and moved in overnight, bringing us widespread precipitation. The associated front is a warm front, and it will lift northward as the low develops.

The National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory for Monday morning for New Jersey (except Cape May County) through Philly, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, and Bucks Counties, starting at 4 a.m. until 8 a.m.

Due to the potential for early partially clear skies and minimal wind leading to significant radiational cooling away from the coastline, there will be areas to the north and west where temperatures will fall near the freezing mark, but as models indicate, this seems to be more precautionary for the metro and areas south and east.

Be on the lookout for untreated surface areas in the early morning hours, but I don't see this being an issue after 9 a.m. Locations near the water will benefit from a slight onshore flow which will gradually be shifting around to the southeast, bringing slightly warmer temperatures in from the ocean. This would explain why Cape May County is not under the Advisory.

The RAP model has cooler solution for the freezing rain, while the RDPS and HRRR have temperatures warmer across the region. Either way, we’re issuing a First Alert, focusing on the early morning commute.

Apart from that, the next story is the widespread rain, which could bring us half an inch to just over 1 inch of rain by Tuesday. Then we track a cool down, a major cool down for the rest of the week. I'm still keeping Wednesday at 50 degrees and watching the reinforcing cold front that will sweep through by Wednesday. As the Polar Jet dips down, temperatures will be at or below freezing by the end of the week into the weekend.

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<![CDATA[What to Likely Expect for New Year's Weather]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:59:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Delaware+River+Fireworks.JPG

So what can we expect for the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day holidays?

A low that develops in the Great Plains will continue to track across the northern United States and an associated warm front will lead to an increase in clouds on New Year’s Eve.

But, as the warm front moves in winds will shift south-westerly and that will allow high temps to make it into the mid-40s on NYE and overnight lows will be above freezing.

There shouldn't be any issues with the NBC10 Fireworks displays at 6 p.m. and midnight. Skies should remain mostly cloudy and conditions mostly dry through the weekend.

The Mummers should have partly cloudy skies with highs in the upper-40s on New Year’s Day.

Beyond New Year’s, a broad area of low pressure tracks northward bringing us widespread rain by early Monday and into Tuesday.

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