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What melted today will re-freeze tonight, leading to icy patches in the morning. Then much colder weather is expected through Friday, before near-record, dangerous cold moves in for the weekend. It won't last long, though. Ton: Breezy and colder. Re-freezing. Low 23 Phil/18 N&W Thu: Windy and much colder. High 29. Chills in teens Fri: Mostly cloudy and very cold. High 29 Sat: Windy and bitter cold. High 19 Sun: Sunny but bitter cold. Low 4 High 18. Wind chills to -15 Mon: Cloudy with a chance of PM snow. High 32 Tue: Chance of rain or snow. High 45 Wed: Partly sunny and windy. High 43


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<![CDATA[How Much Snow Fell Where You Live?]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:09:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/Generic+Snow+Ruler+Snow.JPG

How much snow fell where you live?

The National Weather Service has been updating snow totals for several locations around our area after a disorganized storm left more than half a foot of snow in some western parts of the Philadelphia region and only a trace in others.

Here are totals (in inches) by county for each state as of 2 p.m. Wednesday:

NEW JERSEY:

Atlantic County
Atlantic City Airport - trace

Burlington County
Florence - 1.5
Mount Holly - 0.7
Mount Laurel - 1.9

Camden County
Winslow Township - 0.2

Cape May County
Wildwood Crest - 0.1

Cumberland County
Vineland - 1.7

Mercer County
Ewing - 1.8
Mercerville - 0.5

Ocean County
Brick Township - 0.5

Salem County
Pennsville Township - 1.5

PENNSYLVANIA:

Berks County
Bechtelsville - 5.5
Boyertown - 4.5
Hamburg - 2.4
Sinking Spring - 5.0

Bucks County
Bedminster - 2.0
Doylestown - 3.0
Furlong - 3.1
Perkasie - 3.8

Chester County
Atglen-  4.1
Chester Springs - 3.1
East Coventry Township -  2.5
East Nantmeal Township - 7.0
Eagle - 6.5
Elverson - 6.1
Exton - 5.0
Glenmoore - 5.1
Lionville - 6.1
Marshallton - 4.0
Nottingham - 4.0
Warwick - 4.8
West Caln Township - 7.4
West Chester - 4.7

Delaware County
Chadds Ford - 4.7
Media - 2.1
Upper Chichester Township - 1.5

Lehigh County
S Allentown - 2.4
Emmaus - 2.0
Lehigh Valley Int'l Airport - 2.4
Salisbury Township - 2.7

Montgomery County
Eagleville - 3.9
Gilbertsville - 6.5
Graterford - 4.5
Horsham - 2.1
Limerick - 4.2
Montgomeryville - 3.1
Royersford - 3.3
Upper Frederick Township - 3.2
Willow Grove - 3.0

Northampton County
Bushkill Twp. - 1.8
Hellertown - 2.0

Philadelphia County
Philly International Airport - 0.7

Poconos Area
Lake Harmony - 3.5
Mount Pocono - 1.1

DELAWARE:

Kent County
Felton - 0.5

New Castle County
Glasgow - 3.3
Greenville - 4.1
Hockessin - 3.3
Newark - up to 3.8
New Castle County Airport - 3.0
Port Penn - 1.2
Prices Corner - 1.2
Talleyville - 2.0
White Clay Creek - 4.2
Wilmington Manor - 2.5



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<![CDATA['Siberian Express' For Valentine's Weekend]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:30:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/181*120/really+cold+people.JPG

TRULY FROM THE BEYOND THE ARCTIC
This is what we mean when we say that our air is “coming from the Arctic”. Actually, in this case, it’s coming from beyond the Arctic. Our air can be traced back across the North Pole all the way to Siberia. Here’s the evidence:

I’ve shown similar maps in the past, but they haven’t been nearly as extreme as this one. We’re looking at an upper-level map (around 20,000 ft.). Winds at that level tend to follow the lines on the map. So we can start in Philadelphia and trace that line back. It goes through Minneapolis and then back through Canada, across the North Pole, and then to Siberia. THIS IS NOT AN EXAGGERATION-IT IS THE “TRAJECTORY” of at least a part of the air that’s going to arrive this weekend. A flow like this has been called the “Siberian Express” in the past.

HOW COLD?
It’s not just about how low the temperature will go. It will be windy, too, so the wind chill will more closely represent just how cold it will feel to exposed skin. First, for the temps:

This is what the ground temperatures should be Sunday morning, Valentine’s Day (according to one computer model). First is a map of all of North America, and then a closer version with some actual numbers:

Remember, those are temperatures, not wind chills. A temperature of 5 degrees with a mere 10 mph wind equals a chill of -10 degrees. A 20 mph wind would make the wind chill -15. In parts of New England, temps will be -10 to -20, with wind chills reaching -30 to -40 degrees. Ouch!!!!

WILL RECORDS FALL?
The record lows for Philadelphia are 3 degrees for Saturday and 2 degrees for Sunday. It’s interesting that the Saturday record was last tied in 1983-another year with a strong El Nino.

The key to record cold in winter is snow cover. Usually, it takes a significant layer of white to reflect sunlight back into space. Since there will be only a little, patchy snow around, the records may not be broken in Philadelphia. But other places that will have snow on the ground have a chance.

As of now, we’re predicting lows of:

 

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

PHILADELPHIA

8

4

ALLENTOWN

4

1

READING

5

2

ATLANTIC CITY

11

8

WILMINGTON

8

4

TRENTON

8

4

MILLVILLE

9

6

(The Saturday low temperature might be late in the evening, near midnight)


WILL IT LAST?
In a word, no. This pattern is only temporary, and we’ll see a BIG warmup next week. That won’t be the end of Arctic air for the winter. There could be another round of the “Siberian Express” later in the month.


Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz
Chief Meteorologist, NBC10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[New Jersey Deals With Flooding]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:58:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013920407_1200x675_619400259772.jpg Residents and drivers continued Tuesday to deal with flooding, including water on roads in Ship Bottom, Ocean County.]]> <![CDATA[Drivers Playing It Safe as Snow Falls]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:55:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/194*120/Snow+on+Jeep.JPG Drivers in New Castle County, Delaware took it easy Tuesday as snow fell -- even though the snow mostly only stuck to the grass.

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<![CDATA[Coastal Flooding Hits Jersey Shore]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:39:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013918195_1200x675_619299907700.jpg Wildwood is dealing with flooded streets Tuesday morning as another winter storm moves through the area.]]> <![CDATA[Got Winter Weather Hacks?]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:56:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/188*120/Winter+Weather+Hack+Open+Sink+Pipes.JPG NBC10 has compiled a list of tips and tricks to help fight the cold this winter.

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<![CDATA[Delaware Could See Worst of Snowstorm]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:39:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/188*120/Newark+Del+Snow.JPG NBC10's Matt DeLucia was in Newark Tuesday morning where the forecast is calling for inches of snow.

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<![CDATA[Snow Knocks Out Trash Pickup]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:01:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013914333_1200x675_619186243969.jpg Due to Tuesday's winter weather, Philadelphia put curbside trash and recyclables pickup on hold for the day.]]> <![CDATA[Wintry Mix Coming: What to Expect]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 07:44:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sunday-Light-Snow.jpg

After a mild weekend, snow is set to move back into our region this week, followed by frigid cold temperatures.

Super Bowl Sunday will be mild and sunny during the day with highs in the upper 40s. Late Sunday into Monday morning, however, an area of low pressure will track along the coast, bringing rain and a possible wintry mix at the Jersey Shore and coastal Delaware. Little to no accumulation is expected at this point.

While the first system should miss the Philadelphia region, another wintry mix will likely move into the Philly area Monday night into Tuesday. At this point, models aren’t showing much accumulation for Monday and Tuesday’s snow, with estimates of one to three inches, mostly on grassy surfaces. We could also see some snow showers Wednesday morning, though little to no accumulation is expected.

After the snow clears, colder weather returns, with temperatures in the 30s Wednesday through Friday. By Saturday temperatures will drop even more with a high of 29 degrees.

We’ll have updates on the timeline and estimated totals over the next few days. Stay with NBC10.com for the latest weather updates.
 



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<![CDATA[The Next Snow Threat]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:40:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Glenn+graphic+lead+imaqe+02052016.jpg

MORE OF A REAL STORM-BUT PROBABLY NOT HUGE

Computer models have been showing signs for more than a week. An Arctic blast will be moving into the area by the middle of next week. The possible storm is just ahead of that. But, unlike our blizzard from a couple of weeks ago, this set-up is far from classic. There will be multiple storms developing between Monday and Wednesday, and not one single, big storm. In fact, the biggest one will probably move out to sea Monday. The one on Tuesday has more potential to bring us snow.

Yesterday, I showed the map predicted by the European model, and it showed LOW pressure off the East Coast, but not a real intense one. That would imply snow, but not necessarily a major storm.

The map below is a blend of computer models, from the American GFS, the Canadian, and the new U.S. Navy model. Averaging models, especially several days in advance, can help give forecasters more confidence.

It’s pretty similar to the European, with the LOW in a favorable position. This is a map that averages all three models. The closer those little red numbers are to each other, the more confidence we have. Some solutions are too far offshore for us to get snow, so this is not a “slam dunk”. But with so many models showing similar solutions, we still have snow in the forecast for Tuesday.

Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz
Chief Meteorologist, NBC10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Winter Storm More a Nuisance Than a Threat]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:19:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Car+Snow+Generic.JPG

A winter storm moved through the area Friday morning bringing rain and half a foot of snow to towns like Toms River, NJ, while only a trace places North and West, like Allentown, Pa.

Glenn's Blog: THE NEXT SNOW THREAT

The storm began as heavy rain and switched over to wet snow around 4 a.m. in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania suburbs. Philly International saw 0.2" of snow.

LATEST FIRST ALERT WEATHER FORECAST

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS & DELAYS

A number of districts and schools delayed opening and there were a handful of closures into the  NBC10 First Alert School Closing System. You can always chec the latest school closings and delays here.



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<![CDATA[Two Snow Threats]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:23:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_23068583867-snow.jpg

#1: QUICKIE FOR FRIDAY A.M. RUSH
The first snow threat comes early Friday morning, as a small rain event turns into a small snow event. I use the term “event”, since it’s just not big enough to be called a “storm”. A couple of inches of snow is a storm in Atlanta, but not around here-especially when the roads are warm at the start.

WARM AIR/WARM ROADS-BUT NOT TOTALLY
We got up to 56 degrees Thursday-after 62 Wednesday tied a record. So the roads are warm. The air is still warm, so precipitation will start as rain all across our area. If the change to snow would happen in the middle of the day, we could be pretty sure it would melt as it hit, and problems would be minor at best. But the change to snow is expected near the start of the A.M. rush (4-7am). And it could change from a fairly heavy rain to a fairly heavy snow quickly. I’m talking about the big, wet flakes that stick to everything. When it comes down hard, it can reduce visibilities to near zero, making it hard to see the traffic ahead. That’s not so minor.[[273571721, C]]

ONCE THE SNOW STARTS
This is more like a spring snow, with rain changing to wet snow, and temperatures remaining at or above the freezing mark. Roads can’t be pre-treated, since the rain would just wash away the chemicals. So, if the snow comes down hard for a while, roads could get slippery-especially the less-traveled ones. Any heavy snow won’t last very long, so it may be best to just pull over and wait it out if you run into a snow burst.

Since it’s not really a storm, the snow will end quickly, between 8 and 10am depending on where you are. And the sun will come out, pushing temperatures back into the 40s. That will melt the snow that just fell, and the afternoon rush will be nice and dry. So will the weekend-nice and dry.

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Some spots in the white area could see locally higher amounts. And the farther away you get from the ocean, the less snow you will see. It’s what we sometimes call a “backward storm”, since the N&W areas usually see more than the shore……(OOPS…I didn’t mean to call it a “storm”)

#2 MORE OF A REAL STORM-BUT PROBABLY NOT HUGE
Computer models have been showing signs for more than a week. An Arctic blast will be moving into the area by the middle of next week. The possible storm is just ahead of that. But, unlike our blizzard from a couple of weeks ago, this set-up is far from classic. There will be multiple storms developing between Monday and Wednesday, and not one single, big storm. In fact, the biggest one will probably move out to sea Monday. The one on Tuesday has more potential to bring us snow.

Here is the computer forecast map from the overall world’s best model-the European. And it’s not just the EURO, it’s the “ensemble” of that model. It’s an average of the 51 times the model is run twice a day. So, it’s “the best of the best”:[[367748231, C]]

The LOW is in a favorable place, and the rain/snow line is far enough offshore to make us predict snow for Monday night into Tuesday. But it’s not a real intense LOW, which would be needed to give us a big storm. It’s still too early to talk about amounts, but it does have the potential to give much of our area accumulating snow.

Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz
Chief Meteorologist, NBC10 Philadelphia


 



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<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Tracking Snow]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:48:39 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/188*120/Glenn+Wx+Pic.PNG

The NBC10 First Alert Weather team is tracking possible wet snow for parts of the area.

Temperatures are expected to be in the low-to-mid 50s during the day Thursday.

As the afternoon turns into night Thursday, the temperatures are expected to drop.

About 9 p.m., the precipitation will begin as rain in South Jersey and Delaware.

By about 4 a.m., the moisture will changeover to snow in parts of South Jersey and possibly the Philadelphia area.

Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs could see an inch of slushy snow, while some towns in extreme South Jersey could see two inches.

After the snow moves out, Friday will be 46 degrees. Saturday will be partly sunny with a high of 48 degrees and Sunday will be sunny with 51 degrees.

Stay with NBC10.com for the latest weather updates.



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<![CDATA[Back to Winter in February, Glenn Says]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:08:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GlennGroundhog.JPG

STARTS WITH RECORD WARMTH
The first three days of February have been exceptionally warm. There should be several record high temperatures today. Then, the four days after that will be kind of warm, at least for the middle of winter. Then, next week it’s back to winter. And, yes, that includes snow.

THE OVERALL PATTERN CHANGE
Don’t put away the heavy coats and boots yet, no matter what the Groundhog supposedly said. (How could it NOT see its’ shadow-it was nothing but sunshine in Punxsutawney Tuesday morning)?

Here is the map of temperatures compared to “normal” at around 5000 feet up today:

That shows unseasonable-even record-warmth in the Eastern U.S., with cold weather, even for winter, in the western half of the country.

That’s almost the exact opposite! The label on the map says “EPS” which means that it is a product of the European model-the best in the world overall. And it’s also an “ensemble”, meaning the AVERAGE of what happens when the world’s best is run 51 times. In short, it’s “the best of the best.”

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER NEXT WEDNESDAY?
It looks like a colder pattern setting up for at least the middle of the month. For signs, we look toward Canada, the Arctic, and Greenland, among other areas. Here is the upper-air map for next Wednesday. Assume the upper winds follow the lines on the map. So, trace the line back from Philadelphia and it will take you into Canada and even to the top of the map-near the North Pole!

The blue colors indicate lower than normal pressures, and the reddish colors indicate the opposite. The deep blue in the Eastern U.S. extends up into Eastern Canada until you see a small circle. That’s the POLAR VORTEX. As we’ve seen in recent winters, its’ position is very important. It’s not far enough south to put us in the ice box, but it is an overall cold pattern.

The red colors near the top of the map indicate high pressure building into the Arctic. This is the now infamous –AO, or negative Arctic Oscillation. This helps force the polar vortex southward, and can be a major factor in our snowstorms. Here is the history-and forecast-of the AO:

The lower the line drops, the “more negative” the AO gets. Notice how low it got around January 16th. A very low –AO followed by a quick rise has historically led to snowstorms in the East. And, one week after the –AO, we had our blizzard of 2016.

Now look at the forecast, which are the red lines. The closer the lines are together, the higher the confidence in the forecast. So the AO bottoms out around Feb. 13th, and then rises quickly. If this actually happens, we would be in a more favorable position for a snowstorm around Feb. 20th.

BUT WHAT ABOUT SNOW NEXT WEEK?
Neither the AO or NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation) are favorable for major winter storms, but there are signs of some sort of storm along the East Coast early next week. Here is the map from the European model, run today. The ensembles of the European are fairly similar for so far in advance. This would bring the area snow Monday into Tuesday.

Some other computer models are “not on board” with this forecast yet, but agreement is unusual a week out (Except for our January blizzard, of course).

More updates coming this week….

Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz
Chief Meteorologist, NBC10 Philadelphia


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<![CDATA[Warm Rain, Snowmelt Lead to Flooding Across Region ]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:01:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Montco-Flooding.jpg

A Flood Watch will remain in effect for our area until Thursday afternoon as a combination of rain and melting snow from warm temperatures continues to cause flooding throughout the region.

Flooding occurred in poor drainage areas, streets and creeks Wednesday night while minor to moderate river flooding is expected Thursday across portions of the Schuylkill River.

The rain caused heavy traffic, delays and minor accidents during the evening commute Wednesday. After the rain moved out, fog remained. A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect for the North and West suburbs until 7 a.m. Thursday with visibility 1/4 mile or less. The fog is especially thick in areas that still have snow cover so be careful driving.

Our rain totals on Wednesday were not particularly large with less than an inch falling throughout the region. However, when you combine that rain with the melted snow, it’s not difficult for the rivers to start rising or for there to be localized street flooding.

As of now, most of our rivers are forecasted to be close to flood stage, but not above it. One exception is the Schuylkill in Norristown, which is expected to crest nearly one foot above flood stage. That could cause flooding problems in West Conshohocken and West Norriton.

The Flood Watch will remain in effect until Thursday afternoon for the following counties in our area:

  • New Caslte County
  • Camden County
  • Gloucester County
  • Mercer County
  • Northwestern Burlington County
  • Salem County
  • Berks County
  • Delaware County
  • Chester County
  • Montgomery County
  • Lehigh County
  • Bucks County
  • Philadelphia

Stay with NBC10.com for the latest weather updates.


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<![CDATA['Ice Missile' Hits Car, Driver Hurt]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:47:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-02-01-17h12m43s253.png

A 73-year-old Vermont woman is recovering from severe facial injuries suffered when a chunk of flying ice that witnesses said broke off the roof of a tractor-trailer smashed through her SUV's windshield.

Judith Donaghy, of North Hero, was driving Saturday on Route 2 in South Hero when the "ice missile" struck her car, according to Sheriff Ray Allen of Grand Isle County.

"This person could've been killed as a result of it," Allen observed, describing the smashed windshield which was struck by the so-called ice missile directly in front of the steering wheel.

Other drivers said a sheet of thick ice broke off the roof of a tractor trailer and hit Donaghy's hood and windshield, according to Allen. No one other cars were struck. The truck driver kept driving, perhaps unaware of what happened, Allen said.

Donaghy was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. Allen said he expects her to be released Tuesday.

Mitchell Richardson of Keeler Bay Service & Sales towed away the SUV from the scene.

"There was a lot of force," Richardson said, describing the impact from the ice to the hood and windshield of Donaghy's car. "I can't imagine what her experience was. I just can't."

Allen said he and his deputies are working to gather additional witness accounts and surveillance footage from businesses along Route 2. They hope of identifying the trucking company and give Donaghy an opportunity to receive an insurance settlement.

Allen said he found an image of an interstate trucking company that may have been involved, but would not release more information on the still-unfolding investigation.

There is no Vermont "ice missle" law that could lead to the application of penalties or criminal charges in this case, Allen said. He noted that state requirements around windshield visibility demand those be cleared, but there is no such law mandating ice be cleared from vehicles' roofs.

"I think we ought to do something about it," said State Rep. Kurt Wright, a Republican from Burlington.

Two years ago, Wright proposed "ice missile" legislation like Connecticut's, hoping to give Vermont law enforcement the ability to issue fines in egregious cases.

Wright recalled Monday in an interview with necn that the bill did not have traction in 2014. A prime argument against it, Wright acknowledged, was that there is no easy way to clean the tops of big tractor-trailers.

"We ought to work with the trucking industry to find a solution to this," Wright said Monday. "There's going to be a tragedy that occurs some time, and we're going to wish we had been stronger on it."

For now, Allen is urging drivers to take extra time to knock snow and ice off vehicles after storms, highlighting Donaghy's case as an example of why it's important.

"You know the snow's coming," Allen said of forecasts in advance of Vermont storms. "Get up a little bit earlier and clean off your vehicles, pick-ups and trailers you're going to be hauling. This is very serious."



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<![CDATA[Flurries Blows Through]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:05:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013781573_1200x675_611767875530.jpg After the blizzard last weekend, the last thing many people wanted to see was snow. Some towns in the area did see some flurries Friday but not much of it stuck.]]> <![CDATA[Reading Residents Still Stuck]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:45:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013766079_1200x675_610854467840.jpg NBC10’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas went to Reading where many roads are still filled with snow and children have been off school all week.]]> <![CDATA[Coastal Flooding: Think it Was Bad This Time?]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:37:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/North-Wildwood-Flooding.jpg

Record Coastal Flooding
The water reached record levels with the Blizzard of 2016 in several places along the coast. Lewes, Delaware, Cape May, NJ and Stone Harbor, NJ, among others broke records set in Sandy in 2012 or the 1962 Nor’easter. It was a combination of winds gusting to hurricane force for a few hours plus a natural high tide enhanced by a full moon. Serious flooding occurred along the Jersey Shore in many places.

What Makes it Extra Troubling
Record coastal flooding almost always occurs because of onshore winds over a long period of time. High tides occur about every 12 hours, and when a Northeast or East wind persists, each succeeding high tide gets higher than the last. That is what happened with the Nor’easter of 1962. It lasted for days, and FIVE high tides. The Jersey Shore wasn’t very populated back then, which was a good thing. The floods cut Long Beach Island into pieces, as the ocean met the bay. Waves more than 40 feet were reported at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, which destroyed the boardwalk. Beachfront homes were destroyed over multiple states. And 40 people died in the storm.

So, wait a minute….we just broke a record that took FIVE successive high tides and THREE DAYS to build with a storm that only took ONE high tide to do it (we were lucky-the winds changed, and the next 2 high tides were not as high as the first). Think about how high the water would have been if the storm had stalled like the ’62 storm, allowing the water to start at record levels, and build, and build, and……

Here are some incredible home videos shown by philly.com reporter Amy Rosenberg in an article from 2013.

Do a simple web search for “1962 Nor’easter” and take a look at the pictures-up and down the coast, from LBI to Delaware. It’s chilling. And yet the Blizzard of 2016 had higher tides in some places.

Not many people were at the shore in those days, especially in March, when the storm hit. That damage was from the ocean, even in Margate (where many people apparently think this can’t happen-see below). I’m not talking about Bayside flooding, where the water rises and moves gently down the street. On the ocean side, there is enough force and power to knock down houses and push them blocks inland. That power is potentially deadly, unlike the floods from the Bay.

And Then Came Sandy
And then there’s Sandy. Sandy had weakened from a Category 3 hurricane after it hit Cuba, and wasn’t even classified as a hurricane by the time it made landfall near Brigantine, NJ. You know the rest: the 2nd costliest storm in U.S. history. In New Jersey, the worst damage was clearly at the northern beaches, which were on the right, or stronger side of the storm.

Here is what the ocean did at Mantoloking:

That’s the ocean meeting the bay, just as it did in Long Beach Island in 1962. Record coastal flooding occurred at some beaches in South Jersey and Delaware, but it wasn’t as bad as in North Jersey.

And imagine how bad it would have been if it was still a Category 3 hurricane? It could have been that strong in July or August, when the ocean temperatures were highest, rather than the end of October, when it did hit.

And the Extra Scary Part
Why did the Blizzard of 2016 have a higher coastal flood level than the ’62 Nor’easter anywhere in New Jersey or Delaware? That’s because sea levels have risen considerably in recent decades. Look at how much it’s risen-and also the trend.

Sea level has risen worldwide in the past 50+ years, but more along the U.S. East Coast than in most other areas. Do you think this trend is simply going to stop, or reverse itself? Of course, it won’t. Twenty years from now, the average tide level will be significantly higher than today. So, a storm like the one last weekend will lead to a significantly higher flood stage than today. And that means significantly more damage. It also means a much greater threat of severe ocean flooding. And a much greater chance of the ocean meeting the bay-especially in places like Margate, that don’t have dunes to protect their beaches.

This is for You, Margate, and Other Coastal Areas:
The flooding that we showed in Margate during the storm was from the Bay, and not the ocean. This seems to have given many people there the idea that it did NOT flood on the ocean side. But it did. Here are a couple of pictures from Amy Rosenberg at Exeter Street and Iroquis Avenue:

Yep, that’s flooding from the ocean-from a storm with just ONE high tide! Imagine a Nor’easter with FIVE high tides-each higher than the last. Oh, and it’s 10 or 20 years from now when sea level is even higher than it is now. That water from the ocean is coming in, and only well-designed and managed dunes could stop it. Otherwise, the ocean will meet the bay in Margate, water will rampage through the streets, knocking $10 million homes around like they were toys, threatening the lives of anyone who dared stayed on the island.

(I have a special affection for Margate and its people, as illustrated in a past blog)

Hey, Margate, is that worth continuing to reject a FREE dune project?


Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz
Chief Meteorologist, NBC10 Philadelphia



Photo Credit: James McGee
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<![CDATA[Human Chain Rescues Trapped Driver on Turnpike]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:06:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Human+Chain+Drivers.jpg

A group of strangers teamed up to help a driver in need after his tractor-trailer veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Friday night during near-blizzard conditions, according to NBC affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh.

It came as a massive winter storm swept the region, blanketing parts of Pennsylvania in nearly 3 feet of snow. The snow began falling Friday evening and continued for more than 24 hours.

Arlyn Satanek, who helped with Friday night's rescue, told WPXI he heard a radio broadcast about imminent weather and decided he needed to start "backing it down a little bit." Just as Satanek laid on his own brakes, he saw a tractor-trailer "wipe out" in front of him.

"I’m sitting there in a daze, and I realize people are running to the truck," Satanek told WPXI.

Satanek joined the others in assisting the truck driver. He said before he knew it, a group of strangers formed a human chain to help rescue the driver from his cab. The driver was pulled to safety within 15 minutes, according to WPXI.

"It helped remind us that we are all people, and it is our responsibility to help other humans," Satanek told WPXI.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike was scheduled to close westbound between Breezewood and New Stanton Thursday at 9 a.m. to clear the tractor-trailer that remained dangling over the embankment. The closure was expected to last about three hours while crews worked to remove the truck.

Traffic will be detoured off at Breezewood and back on at New Stanton during the closure.



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<![CDATA[Exhaust Kills Man Clearing Car From Nearly 3-Feet of Snow]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:36:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/allentown+neighborhood+snow+mayk.jpg

A Lehigh Valley man died after being overcome by carbon monoxide fumes while clearing snow around his car.

Michael May of Woodlawn Street in Allentown, Pennsylvania died at Lehigh Valley Hospital Tuesday after he was found unresponsive in his car early Sunday, said Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim.

Grim ruled the cause of death a weather-related accident caused by snow blocking the exhaust pipe of May’s car.

May, 55, was sitting in his car while taking a break from digging his car out from snow, said Grim. Allentown had nearly 32 inches of snow fall during the weekend blizzard.

May’s death is one of more than four dozen attributed to the East Coast storm.



Photo Credit: NBC10 - Lauren Mayk]]>
<![CDATA[Ocean Seeks Revenge on East Coast]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:50:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ShoreFlood.jpg

How Much Fell?

It is officially the biggest snowstorm in the recorded history of:

Allentown 31.9 inches
Harrisburg 30.2 inches
Baltimore 29.2 inches
JFK (New York) 30.5”

It was close to the biggest in:

Philadelphia 22.4 inches (4th all-time)
NYC 26.8 inches (2nd -0.1inches from #1)
Wash, DC 17.8 inches (4th –but disputed-probably higher)

Why Did So Much Fall? Blame The Ocean(S)

Part 1-El Nino

Yes, we’ve had big snowstorms before. Aside from Allentown and the other cities on the #1 list, some were even bigger than this one. FOUR out of the Top 5 snowfalls in Philadelphia occurred in Moderate to Strong El Nino years.

30.7 inches Jan. 1996 Weak La Nina

28.5 inches Feb. 2010 Moderate El Nino

23.2 inches Dec. 2009 Moderate El Nino

22.4 inches Jan. 2016 Record Strong El Nino

21.3 inches Feb. 1983 Very Strong El Nino

El Nino doesn’t cause big snowstorms, but it helps make them stronger, due to a stronger southern jet stream (called the “Subtropical Jet”). More intense storms lead to greater vertical motion, which:

Increases precipitation and increases winds around the storm which then brings more moisture off the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. MOISTURE-remember that word.

Part 2-What Are The Odds?

What are the odds that 4 of the Top 5 biggest snowstorms occurred in the past 20 years, when we’ve been keeping official records for 145 years? And that 3 of the Top 4 have occurred in the past SEVEN years? And that every one of the Top 5 has occurred since 1983? Something seems “odd”.

And while we’re at it, what are the odds of the 2 snowiest winters (out of 145) happening in the past 7 years? And that those winters smashed the previous record set in the relatively recent winter of 1995-96?

And while we’re talking about MOISTURE, what are the odds that we have had:
Wettest Year
Wettest Summer
Wettest Single Day
Wettest March
Wettest June
Wettest July
Wettest August
…all in the past 7 years?

It’s Not Just The Pacific Ocean
While eyes all over the world have focused on the record El Nino in the Tropical Pacific, there has been very little said about the amazing warming in the Atlantic. Here’s a map of ocean temperatures compared to normal (“anomalies”):


Yikes! Those dark colors are up to 10 degrees above normal-record levels in some places. What are the odds?

Oh, what about the Gulf of Mexico, you ask? Here’s the wide view of anomalies that includes the Gulf and much of the Atlantic:


Above normal water temperatures in the Gulf, too? What are the odds? It gets a bit technical, but basically, warmer water leads to warmer air, which can hold more moisture than colder air. The big storms are “fed” by more moisture, which leads to more precipitation. When it’s cold enough, it leads to more snow.

Why Are The Oceans So Warm?
There is an imbalance in the energy entering and leaving the earth. More enters than leaves. Some of the energy has gone to heating of the surface of the earth and the atmosphere, which is known as “global warming”. But most of the excess heat goes into the oceans. About 90% of the excess heat goes there! And in the eyes of some: “Why should we care if the oceans warm up?” At some point, in some way, the ocean will get its’ revenge.

Did global warming “cause” the blizzard? Of course not. Storms form all the time. Sometimes, they are even big and cause a lot of snow. The “natural variability” of weather is what makes it hard to see trends. But I’ve been forecasting the weather professionally for more than 40 years, and I’ve had enough of tip-toeing around what has become increasingly obvious in recent years:

  • Global warming is making the oceans warmer
  • Global warming is causing sea levels to rise, so the same storm now will produce more coastal flooding than in the past.
  • Global warming is probably a factor in stronger El Nino’s
  • Global warming is probably a factor in the biggest snowstorms being bigger
  • Global warming is probably a factor in making a greater percentage of hurricanes and typhoons being stronger
  • Global warming is probably a factor in the biggest storms causing more rain and worse flooding

This is not a theory based on computer models of the future. This is happening NOW. And I haven’t even mentioned the possible influence on weather patterns due to melting ice in the Arctic. That is a subject for another day. So is why the coastal flooding from the Blizzard of 2016 is extra troubling: it only took ONE high tide to cause record flooding in Cape May, Stone Harbor, and Lewes, DE. That blog comes next…


Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz
Chief Meteorologist, NBC10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Clear a Safe Path, Get Your Mail: Postal Service]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:08:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/270*120/Post+Service+Map.jpg

A day after the U.S. Postal Service asked residents to shovel and salt to ensure safe mail delivery, the postal service had another message: clear a path.

“Keeping mailboxes and surrounding areas clear will prevent injuries and let our employees provide the best possible service, even in the worst conditions,” said the U.S. Postal Service's district manager for Philadelphia, Chu Falling Star.

The mail service released a graphic that exhibits what conditions mail carriers need to get to the mail box including having enough approach space and not having trash cans blocking their paths.

The postal service said the top concern is to safely deliver letters, prescriptions, checks and packages.

“We owe it to our families, our neighbors, and our letter carriers to make sure our properties are safe and accessible,” said Falling Star.

The postal service also asked that people clear sidewalks, porches, steps and walkways of snow and ice so that everyone can be safe after nearly 2 feet of snow fell in Philadelphia and more than 30 inches in parts of the Lehigh Valley.

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 are instructed to hold the mail until later, said the postal service.



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<![CDATA[Storm Victim Wades Through Water, Dodges TV, to Save Dog]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 06:48:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Gunnar+North+Dog+Ocean+City+Rescue.JPG

A man with his pants rolled up and a dog under his arm waded through waist-deep floodwater as an old television floated by.

The moment captured Saturday in Ocean City is a lasting image of the Blizzard of 2016 that battered the region with snow and wind, causing major flooding along the Jersey Shore.

Gunnar North, 29, told NBC10 he decided to make a daring dash after he woke up to water near his front door and no power in his home.

"I wake up around 10 o'clock, I look out the door and there's literally 3 1/2 feet of water outside my door," said North.

North, who works for his family company, lives in a Gunnar Builders-constructed apartment along 7th Street near the bay in Ocean City, New Jersey. He had never before faced such significant flooding.

"I didn't know what to do," said North, who lived most of his life on the mainland. "I guess you could say I wasn't really prepared.

"I was afraid the water was going to go up to my door — my door's 4 feet in the air. I didn't think I had anything to worry about, but I was definitely wrong."

After two hours or so, North saw an opening as the tide receded, so he stuffed a backpack with some clothes, grabbed his dog, Red, and made a dash for it.

"I was just worried about keeping my dog safe, honestly. I don't know what I would do if anything happened to him," said North. "It was waist deep out front of my house, I tightened up my pants… and I made the journey."

"It was freezing... there were little icebergs everywhere — just chunks of ice — it was hard, I was getting cut up," he recalled.

Red, 2-year-old pit-boxer mix, weighs about 80 pounds.

"It really wasn't that easy to carry him through," said North.

Along the way, Instagram user FSBarnard captured an image of North and Red wading through ice-filled water as a television floated by.

"That TV was just floating behind me, I wasn't carrying my TV," said North. "I had my dog and that was enough."

North also had to dodge other items in the water.

"I saw wood floating down the street," he said. "It was like a big freezer or something like that — it was huge — it was just floating down the street."

After a six-to-seven-block journey to higher ground — it would have been shorter but North said he initially went to wrong way — he and Red were picked up by a friend with a big truck.

Later, on Facebook, he thanked the guys who rescued him for saving "me and Red's life."

Once the power came back on late Saturday and North returned to survey the damage, he found some — the carpets need replacing — but mostly, his apartment was unscathed.

"It's shocking because the water has never gotten that high," he said.

North made at least made one preparation that helped keep the damage to a minimum.

"Thank God I parked my car off of the island — I knew that much, to do that," North said.

Next time a major storm comes, expect North and Red to get out of dodge.

"I'm going to get off the island before the storm starts," he said.



Photo Credit: Instagram - FSBarnard
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<![CDATA[Couple Takes Engagement Photos During Blizzard]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:09:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/David-Felicia-4K1C8130web.jpg Felicia Sam and David Nartey braved the blizzard in Maryland to celebrate their engagement on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Flooding, Frolicking: Top Videos From Blizzard]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:16:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HoverboardShoveler.jpg
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<![CDATA[You Can Help the Mail Arrive on Time - Just Shovel]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:00:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/PHOTO129039551169958454477main.jpg

The U.S. Postal Service wanted to make sure they could deliver the mail Monday 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,” Philadelphia district manager Chu Falling Star 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 nearly 2 feet of snow fell in Philadelphia and more than 30 inches in parts of the Lehigh Valley.

“The best way to avoid injury is prevention. Please help our employees provide the best service they can, as safely as possible,” said Falling Star. “Your cooperation is most appreciated and will help us provide timely delivery of your mail.”

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 are instructed to hold the mail until later, said the postal service.



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<![CDATA[Tough Workweek Ahead]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:58:18 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/nj+monday+rush.jpg Residents of New Jersey will be threatened by black ice and choke points along roads inundated by snow. “It’s going to be bad tomorrow. It’s going to be very difficult. I’m going to try to go to work very early to get ahead of that because I know it’s going to be unmanageable at 7 or 8 a.m. tomorrow," one resident of Morris Plains said. Brian Thompson reports.]]> <![CDATA['Didn't Think I Would Make It': NJ Couple Escapes Flooding]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:56:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/West+Wildwood+Rescue+Back+of+Truck+cp.jpg

In several feet of icy bay water, John Hicks clung to a window-jamb, half in and half out of his West Wildwood, New Jersey, apartment. The first floor home had become part of the Richardson Sound and the 31-year-old wondered if he and his 26-year-old fiancée, Carrie Ensle, would make it out alive.

"The water almost freezes you up when it hits you," he said.

With floodwaters continuing to rise and first responders struggling to get a military vehicle to them because of debris and a snagged boat, the couple jumped into the water. They waded through the chest-deep storm surge, clinging onto a piece of dock at one point, as rescuers pushed away other trash and sea grass swept up by the storm to get to the couple.

A walk around the two-story apartment house on the 700 block of West Glenwood Avenue that’s typically measured in seconds labored into minutes. The closer to safety the couple got, the deeper the water became.

"Right before we got to the truck [the water] went up to our shoulders," Hicks told NBC10 in an interview Sunday. "I almost didn’t think I was going to make it."

Luckily, they did.

Sopping wet, they were pulled into the back of the covered surplus truck and shivered on metal benches along with other rescued residents.

"I’m sore. My body’s sore," Ensle recalled. "We didn’t even get a blanket when we got to the truck."

Hicks and Ensle were among hundreds who fell victim to severe coastal flooding brought on by the Blizzard of 2016, which pounded the Jersey Shore with snow, rain and close-to hurricane-force winds for hours Saturday. Flooding in The Wildwoods and neighboring Stone Harbor broke records set during Superstorm Sandy. Flood gauges in the Great Channel at Stone Harbor recorded a historic surge of 10.52 feet — more than a foot over the previous record.

The strong storm, which dumped more than two feet of snow on parts of Pennsylvania, knocked out power to more than 38,000 customers in South Jersey at its height.

The couple thought their stormy Saturday would’ve been much different. They said city officials didn’t expect flooding from the Blizzard of 2016 to be so severe, so they opted to stay in their bayside apartment. The couple rode out Superstorm Sandy (in a different apartment on the island) without issue.

"Sandy didn’t even come close to this," Hicks said.

Hicks woke up around 6:30 that morning to check on the water level. There was nothing, he said. But within an hour, the tide began to rise, pushing salt water under their doors. They called 911 for help and spent the next hour collecting clothes, keepsakes and documents. The water had risen to their windows by the time rescuers got there.

Now, the couple is staying at a Wildwood motel, after being taken there by the rescuers, they said.

"We paid with wet money. The only money we have, we paid to stay here," Ensle said. They said they’ve been having trouble getting an answer about temporary housing assistance.

West Wildwood police told NBC10 a shelter at Wildwood High School has been closed and some residents have returned to their homes.

Hicks and Ensle said they haven’t been able to get to their home yet, but are bracing for the worst.

"At this point, we’re trying to figure out how much damage was done," Hicks said. Ensle believes it’s a total loss.

"Now, we don’t have a home," she said.



Photo Credit: Carrie Ensle
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<![CDATA[Braving the Blizzard of 2016]]> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 16:16:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/phi-AP_942832383414.jpg

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<![CDATA[Latest Power Outage Numbers]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:03:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/188*120/Lewes+Flooding+Power+Lines.JPG

Thousands across the region were without power over the weekend after the historic blizzard that pummeled the region for 24-plus hours, dropping feet of snow and causing major flooding at the Jersey Shore, moved out.

In New Jersey, Shore towns were the hardest hit by coastal flooding and power outages -- Ac Electric restored power to about 130,000 customers during the storm.. Small outage numbers were reported in parts of Pennsylvania and Delaware.

That number improved on Sunday, but outages persisted in many Jersey Shore towns. Atlantic City Electric reported early Sunday that roughly 18,000 customers were still without power, most of whom live in Cape May, Ocean and Atlantic counties.

AC Electric officials said in a statement that they expected to have power restored to the majority of customers by late Sunday. They said coastal flooding and high winds have slowed crews' efforts to restore power.

In Pennsylvania and Delaware, power was restored by Sunday morning to almost everyone who lost it, with the exception of a few dozen customers.

As of Monday morning only a handful of outages remained in most areas outside of Ocean and Cape May counties where AC Electric worked to get about 250 customers back online.

If you haven’t already done this, go ahead and program your local utility number into your cellphone so you’ll have it to report a problem if you lose power. Here are the numbers for reporting outages to utility companies in our area:

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

Homes along the Delaware beaches and Jersey Shore were especially hard hit. Stone Harbor and Avalon in Cape May County lost power after wires went down and officials feared that power might not be back until Sunday.

Repair crews with Atlantic City Electric asked customers to be patient. For safety reasons, their crews have to wait until the strong winds subside before trying to restore power.

"We’re keeping a close watch on the weather and wind speeds," said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president. "We’ll continue conducting a comprehensive assessment which we’ll use to strategically deploy crews. Crews will work around the clock as safely and quickly as possible until every customer is restored."

PECO alone had about 3,000 employees -- including some from Chicago -- ready to go if needed.

If you have suffered a power outage, the American Red Cross advises you unplug unnecessary electrical equipment as well as any appliances you were using when you lost power. Surges when the power comes back on could damage equipment.

Another tip: Leave one light turned on so you'll know when the power returns.

The Red Cross also advises never to use a camp stove, grill or a generator inside a home, garage, basement or partially enclosed area to avoid the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning or fire.

Use those items instead away from doors, windows and vents.

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<![CDATA[SEPTA Restores Some Service After Snowstorm]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:47:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/SEPTA+Snow+Cleanup.JPG

UPDATE: Get the latest details on which routes remain suspended by clicking here.


SEPTA announced Sunday that several lines suspended during the massive blizzard that walloped the region for more than 24 hours over the weekend have been restored, but others remained suspended.

The Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines were running on or close to their normal schedules on Sunday, according to SEPTA.

Regional Rail lines, however, remained suspended. The Transit Authority said SEPTA and Amtrak workers would work "around the clock" to clear stations and ensure lines are safe. Officials expected Regional Rail service to be restored by Monday, but with delays.

Service on Philadelphia trolley routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34 and 36 were restored Sunday, but with delays. In the suburbs, service on the Route 101 trolley between 69th Street and Providence Road was expected to resume with delays at 10 a.m. SEPTA said Route 102 would likely return later Sunday, but did not provide a timetable for that return.

The Norristown High Speed Line was still undergoing clearing Sunday morning, but SEPTA officials said they expected to restore service between 69th Street and Bryn Mawr later Sunday. Service between Bryn Mawr and Norristown Transportation Center was not expected to return until Monday, and SEPTA said full service would not be restored until Tuesday.

SEPTA expected to begin re-running suspended buses at 10 a.m. Sunday, "with a focus on priority routes that feed customers to the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines." Priority city routes include Routes 14, 18, 21, 33, 42, 52, 56, 58, 59, 60 and 66, SEPTA said. In the suburbs, priority routes include 93, 99, 104, 108, 109, 110, 113, 124 and 125. SEPTA updates are available on the transit authority's website here.

Parantransit service continued on Sunday for dialysis patients only, according to SEPTA, and limited service will be available Monday.



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<![CDATA[Snow Safety: What Not to Do After the Blizzard]]> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 08:26:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/flagpole-hill.jpg

The worst of the winter storm that dumped up to a foot and a half of snow on our region may be over, but snow safety is more important than ever.

Whether you’re playing in the snow or shoveling the sidewalk, here’s what you should do to prevent accidents and injuries.

DON’T drive until it's safe to do so.
If you must go out Sunday, check that your tires are properly inflated and use your seatbelt. Check out AAA’s compilation of winter driving tips.

DON’T walk without knowing your surroundings.
Be careful of snow and ice, and take steps slowly. Avoid shortcuts, too. Shortcuts can be dangerous because those paths are less likely to be cleared and treated. Also, be aware of what you’re walking under. Snow or ice could be falling from rooftops or trees.

DON’T sled if you don’t know the hill.
Sledding can be fun, but it can lead to injury if riders aren’t careful. Make sure the hill you choose isn’t too steep and that it has a flat area at the bottom to safely glide to a stop. Avoid sledding in areas the end near a street or parking lot or by ponds, trees or fences. Dress warm to avoid frostbite!

DON’T shovel snow with your back.
Try to push the snow rather than lift it. But if you have to lift it, don’t fill the shovel all the way. Also, lift with your legs to prevent injury. Make sure to take breaks often to avoid exhaustion. People often forget that shoveling is a strenuous activity.

DON’T heat your home with stoves or charcoal grills.
When the power is out, it can be tempting to heat your home by stove or by moving the charcoal grill inside. These heaters release carbon monoxide, and it can poison you without you even knowing because it’s a colorless and odorless gas.

DON’T drink alcohol to stay warm.
Alcohol might make you feel warm, but it’s an old myth (sorry!). Alcohol actually decreases your core temperature and reverses some reflexes that control body temperature, like shivering, according to The New York Times and a study by the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine.

Be sure to enjoy the snow, but make sure you take the proper precautions to stay safe.



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<![CDATA['Weather Geek' Mike Trout Reports on Blizzard]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:50:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-488695990.jpg

When baseball enters the offseason, players are finally able to spend quality time with their families and pursue other passions.

For Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, its helping The Weather Channel report on the deadly blizzard that has crippled much of Eastern Seaboard.

The New Jersey native, nicknamed The Millville Meteor, joined TWC's Jim Cantore Saturday morning to report on weather conditions in his hometown of Millville in South Jersey.

Trout phoned into the Weather Channel as Cantor was reporting live from Washington, D.C. The weatherman called the "pride of the California Angels" a "huge weather nerd."

The Major Leaguer said he was up all night checking the snowfall measurements and estimated that there was about a foot of snow on the groundat 10:32 a.m. ET.

"The winds is the worst part about it, its blowing hard," Trout said, adding that by his parents house there was about "4, 5, 6 foot drifts."

Trout also reported that road conditions were "terrible," but that the storm system was "awesome."

The 2014 American League MVP wasn't downplaying his excitement over weather. He said the blizzard delivered to his expectations and was excited to get outside and "play in it soon."

Friday night, he also tweeted a video of the snow falling "hard" in #SouthJersey.

The weatherman ranked Trouts on-air reporting as the number three "funnest thing I've ever done." As for Trout, turns out he does have some weather-predicting skills.

During an interview with Yahoo Sports last summer, Trout revealed that the Weather Channel wanted to offer him a corresponding gig.

“We’re planning on me doing a story when there’s a big storm in Jersey,” he said. “I’m gonna be on the Weather Channel. Hopefully, we get a big snowstorm.”  



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<![CDATA[Winds, Snow Blast Atlantic City]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:18:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013688391_1200x675_607432771847.jpg NBC10's Matt Delucia deals with the elements in Atlantic City.]]> <![CDATA[Snow Drift in the Parking Garage?]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:05:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/West+Chester+Garage+Snow+Dift.JPG NBC10's Deanna Durante is taking a look inside a covered parking garage in West Chester where snow drifts are so strong that cars are covered.

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<![CDATA[Scott Kelly Tweets Stunning Image of Blizzard From Space]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:51:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Scott+Kelly+Storm+Space.jpg

Residents from Georgia to New York in the path of the massive storm blanketing the Eastern Seaboard are waking up to the beautiful site of fresh powder coating rooftops, streets and trees.

Just as magnificent is the view of the storm from space.

Astronaut Scott Kelly, currently aboard the International Space Station as part of a year-long mission, tweeted two photos of the blizzard from his home in outer space.

In one photo, a massive cluster of clouds can be seen blocking out much of the East Coast, while the blurry clumps of cities' lights shine through from below. Kelly asks those in the #snowstorm's path to "Stay Safe." 

As forecasters predict that the worst of the storm, which began dumping snow in some parts of the country Friday, is yet to come, Kelly illustrated that point with a photo of the blizzard passing over Chicago as the East Coast is seen in the distance. The storm "clearly has a long way to go," Kelly tweeted.

 
 



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<![CDATA[Gone With the Wind in Wildwoods]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 08:55:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/224*120/Drew+Smith+Wind.JPG The Wildwood beaches are among several Jersey Shore points taking a beating from the heavy winds of a nasty winter storm. NBC10's Drew Smith is on Ocean Avenue in North Wildwood with how the wind is taking some things for a ride.

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<![CDATA[Windy, Sleeting in West Chester]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:01:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013686302_1200x675_607378499888.jpg NBC10's Deanna Durante spoke with some West Chester residents who trekked through the snow and wind to get to work on a snowy Saturday in our area.]]> <![CDATA[How Much Snow Fell Where You Live?]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:33:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/a26a42e9-57a9-4f75-954c-3ddf0e07ef1e.jpg

How much snow fell where you live?

The National Weather Service has been updating snow totals for several locations around our area. The blizzard pummeled the region with feet of snow, hitting areas in Lehigh and Northampton counties -- where snow totals peaked above 30 inches -- the hardest. Other heavy-hit areas in terms of snow totals include parts of Chester and Montgomery counties and Philadelphia, where more than 20 inches fell in many locations.

Allentown recorded 31.9 inches of snow, the highest total ever for the city. Philadelphia had 22.4 inches, the 4th highest of all time for the city of Brotherly Love.

(Note: the weather service updates totals sporadically. In the comments section below, let us know what you are seeing in your neighborhood.)

Here are totals (in inches) by county for each state as of 7 a.m. Sunday:

DELAWARE:

Kent County
Dover 14.2
Felton 9.5
Frederica 10.3
Harrington 14.8
Houston 11.0
Magnolia 12.0
Milford 7.0
Smyrna 9.7
Woodside 17.2

New Castle County
Bear 12.0
Christiana 16.1
Claymont  12.0
Glasgow 10.1
Greenville 12.2
Hockessin 14.8
Jefferson Farms 12.8
Newark 12.0
New Castle 13.1
New Castle County Airport  16.1
Newport 10.5
Port Penn 12.7
Prices Corner 11.2
Talleyville 16.3
White Clay Creek 12.0

Sussex County
Bethany Beach 5.2
Bridgeville 4.9
Delmar 5.0
Ellendale 7.4
Georgetown 7.8
Laurel 8.8
Lewes 2.6
Milford 7.0
Milton 7.0
Nassau 2.5
Rehoboth Beach 3.0
Seaford 7.0
Selbyville 5.0
Stockley 4.4

NEW JERSEY:

Atlantic County
Absecon 6.0
Atlantic City 13.4
Buena Vista Twp. 14.0
Estell Manor 8.0
Egg Harbor City 11.0
Hammonton 16.4
Northfield 10.0
Weymouth 10.0

Burlington County
Burlington 9.0
Cinnaminson 22.4
Delanco 20.0
Eastampton 10.5
Florence 22.5
Marlton 10.0
Medford Twp. 10.0
Moorestown 20.3
Mount Holly 20.5
Mount Laurel 20.5
New Greta 12.0
Pemberton 16.0
Tabernacle Twp. 11.9
Wrightstown 12.3

Camden County
Barrington 18.0
Bellmawr 22.0
Berlin Township 13.0
Camden 20.0
Gloucester City 20.0
Gloucester Township 18.0
Haddonfield 12.0
Lindenwold 13.9
Somerdale 16.0
Runnemede 14.0
Grenloch 10.5
Mount Ephraim 9.0
Lindenwold 13.9
Stratford 10.0
Voorhees 14.8
Winslow 21.0

Cape May County
Burleigh 7.0
Cape May 7.0
Cape May Court House 7.0
Dennis Twp. 7.5
Dennisville 9.2
Green Creek 9.3
Wildwood Crest 12.0
Woodbine 8.6

Cumberland County
Bridgeton 9.0
Cedarville 12.0
Deerfield 11.3
Newport 13.5
Millville 11.0
Seabrook 10.0
Upper Deerfield 11.2
Vineland 13.0

Gloucester County
Cecil 11.0
Mullica Hill 12.0
Deptford Township 21.0
Franklin Township 17.5
Frankliniville 13.0
Monroe Twp. 9.0
Mullica Hill 12.0
Pitman 20.9
Sewell 9.0
Turnersville 17.5
Washington Township 6.8
Williamstown 14.5

Mercer County
Ewing 18.5
Hamilton Township 24.0
Hopewell Township 23.0
Lawrence Township 14.3
Lawrenceville 22.4
Mercerville 11.5
Pennington 20.5
Princeton 22.5
Robbinsville 16.0
Titusville 20.0
Trenton 22.0

Ocean County
Bayville 16.0
Berkeley Township 15.0
Brick Township 20.0
Lacey Twp. 12.7
Jackson Township 21.0
Bayville 15.0
Manahawkin 18.0
New Egypt 19.0
Pine Beach 13.5
Point Pleasant 12.5
Stafford Twp. 11.0
Toms River 17.3
Waretown 13.7
Whiting 18.5

PENNSYLVANIA:

Berks County
Bernville 26.0
Churchville 24.5
Fleetwood 24.0
Glenside 19.0
Hamburg 26.0
Huffs Church 24.0
Laureldale 33.5
Mohnton 18.0
Reading 32.0
Robesonia 24.5
Seisholtzville 30.0
Sinking Spring 31.5

Bucks County
Bensalem 20.5
Furlong 23.0
Langhorne 18.5
Lower Makefield Twp. 22.0
Penndel 17.7
Perkasie 30.0
Richboro 24.0
W. Rockhill Twp. 29.0
Springtown 21.5
Warminster 23.3
Washington Crossing 27.0

Chester County
Atglen 18.9
Caln 25.5
Chadds Ford 22.0
Chester Springs 18.1
Coatesville 20.3
East Coventry Township 25.0
Devault 23.6
Exton 22.0
Kennett Square 15.3
Landenberg 18.5
Malvern 30.0
Marshallton 22.0
East Nantmeal 26.0
Nottingham 16.0
Oxford 23.2
Phoenixville 26.0
Thornbury Township 19.0
Unionville 23.0
Valley Forge 26.5
E. Vincent Twp. 26.2
Warwick 24.4
West Chester 25.0
West Grove 22.0

Delaware County
Aston Arms 21.3
Broomall 22.0
Chadds Ford 21.5
Glen Mills 17.5
Springfield 20.0
Upper Darby Township 21.0

Lehigh County
Allentown 31.9
Bethlehem 30.0
Bushkill 30.4
Center Valley 32.0
Easton 27.0
Lehigh Valley Int'l Airport 31.9
New Tripoli 22.0
Salisbury Township 27.4
Schnecksville 23.5

Montgomery County
Ambler 21.0
Blue Bell 25.7
Bryn Mawr 29.0
Collegeville 24.5
Eagleville 31.0
Gilbertsville 27.0
Graterford 27.2
Green Lane 28.3
Harleysville 25.0
Limerick 31.0
King of Prussia 26.1
Maple Glen 23.0
Montgomeryville 25.5
Norristown 30.0
North Wales 28.0
Pennsburg 21.0
Pottstown 26.0
Royersford 26.7
Souderton 23.5
Stowe 32.0
Wyndmoor 24.0
Wynnewood 21.5

Northampton County
Bethlehem 30.0
Bushkill Twp. 30.4
Easton 27.2
Forks Twp. 31.1 Hellertown 27.0
Martins Creek 24.2
Plainfield Twp. 28.0
Williams Township 24.3

Philadelphia County
Philadelphia International Airport 22.4
Port Richmond 20.0
Roxborough 18.2
Manayunk 18.2
Bridesburg 17.8
Somerton 16.0



Photo Credit: Al Spotts
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<![CDATA[Common Questions About Storm]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:54:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PaNJDelGovernors.jpg Here's the answers to the most common questions viewers are asking!]]> <![CDATA[Comcast Opens Wi-Fi Hotspots for Winter Storm ]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:13:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Comcast-Logo.jpg

Comcast has opened up Wi-Fi hotspots for both customers and non-customers during the winter storm.

“Comcast owns and operates thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots in greater Philadelphia and New Jersey,” a spokesperson wrote in a released statement. “To help residents and emergency personnel stay connected during the storm, Comcast is opening its XFINITY Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the region to anyone who needs them – including non-XFINITY Internet customers.”

CLICK HERE for a map of XFINITY Wi-Fi hotspots.

Once you’re at a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch the browser.

XFINITY Internet Customers: Sign in with your username and password and you will be automatically connected at XFINITY Wi-Fi hotspots in the future.

NON-XFINITY Internet Customers: Visit the “Not an XFINITY Internet Customer” section on the sign-in page to get started. Non-customers will be able to renew their complimentary sessions every two hours until Monday.

Comcast is the parent company of NBC10.
 

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<![CDATA[Snow Stops the Show Around Region]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:39:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/465277001.jpg

With a snowstorm packing blizzard potential hitting Philly, cultural institutions postponed events.

The Philadelphia 76ers moved their Saturday night game against the Boston Celtics to Sunday night at 7 p.m. instead. The snow also caused the New York Islanders to cancel their game with the Flyers in Brooklyn on Saturday night -- no makeup date as of yet.

Sorry food lovers, the Reading Terminal Market closed and canceled its planned Saturday ScrappleFest.

Plenty of area malls including the Deptford and Willow Grove malls closed for the day Saturday.

Philadelphia public libraries and Camden County public libraries and many museums in the area also closed including the Mutter Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and National Liberty Museum, which used the #ClosedinPHL hashtag to announce closures for Saturday.

The Philadelphia Zoo also won't open Saturday.

Plenty of concerts -- including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the Tower Theater and Guster at the Fillmore Philadelphia -- and plays – including Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates and Funnyman at the Arden Theatre -- were also put on hold for Saturday after going on as scheduled Friday night.

The Academy of Music also canceled its 159th Anniversary Concert and Ball due to safety concerns. And the SATs even got postponed.

If your event was postponed hold onto your tickets for a future date or refund depending on what the promoter decides. The best bet is to check with the venue before you go.

Here’s a list (this list is in no way exhaustive):

FRIDAY:

  • Jennifer Nettles at Tower Theater in Upper Darby (postponed, no word on a future date)
  • Ralphie May at Music Box at Borgata in Atlantic City (postponed, no word on a future date)
  • Europa Galanta (canceled)
  • Chris Young and Cassadee Pope at the Electric Factory in Philly (postponed until Feb. 28)

SATURDAY:

  • Guster at Fillmore in Fishtown (Show has been reschedule for June 16)
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Tower Theater (the Sunday show was also put on hold for a future date)
  • Chris Hardwick at Music Box at Borgata (postponed, no word on a future date)
  • Ratatat at Electric Factory in Philly (postponed until Sunday)
  • The Go! Team at Underground Arts in Philly (postponed, no word on a future date)
  • Jerry Blavat at the Kimmel Center in Center City (postponed until Feb. 28)
  • AVA Opera’s L'amore dei tre re at Perelman Theater in Center City (postponed until Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Alessia Cara at TLA on South Street (show has been rescheduled to Monday and all tickets will be honored then)
  • Jess Glynne at Union Transfer on Spring Garden Street (postponed, no word on a future date)
  • Echoes at World Café Live at The Queen in Wilmington (postponed until March 11) (Creem Circus post show also postponed)
  • Orchestra 2001 at World Café Live Philadelphia (postponed, no word on a future date)
  • Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside (postponed until May 21)
  • Kashmir - The Led Zeppelin Experience at Levoy Theatre in Millville (postponed to Jan. 29)
  • Funnyman – Arden Theatre in Old City
  • Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates – Arden Theatre in Old City (they also canceled drama school classes)
  • God Bless Baseball at Fringe Arts on Columbus Boulevard (canceled)

SUNDAY:

  • Dan Zdilla and The Big Warm at World Café Live Philadelphia (postponed, no word on a future date)

Looking for someplace where the show will go on? The Walnut Street Theatre’s performances of Harvey and a Moon for the Misbegotten are still set to happen Saturday.



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