<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Weather News and Coverage]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sun, 01 Mar 2015 10:13:11 -0500 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 10:13:11 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Snow, Wintry Mix, Rain to Hit Sunday ]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:20:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP155169244021.jpg

March begins with a blast of winter weather as snow showers and a wintry mix is poised to hit the area Sunday.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for the entire region begininng at 10 a.m. until 4 a.m. Monday due to a system that will bring snow, then sleet and finally freezing rain, said NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Michelle Grossman.

The cold temperatures and wintry mix will cause slick roads and sidewalks for the region.

Sunday Snow Timeline

8 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Light snow moves into the Lehigh Valley and Poconos

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Snow moves in to Philadelphia, North and West Suburbs. Wintry mix and rain in South Jersey and Delaware.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Snow changes to wintry mix in Philadelphia, North and West Suburbs. Wintry mix and rain in South Jersey and Delaware.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Wintry mix continues in Philadelphia area.

8 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Wintry mix changes to rain due to warmer air moving in. Snow changes to wintry mix in Lehigh Valley and Poconos.

10 p.m. to 11 p.m. - System moves out

Estimated Snow Totals

Poconos/Lehigh Valley - 3 to 6 inches

North and West Suburbs - 2 to 4 inches

Philadelphia/South Jersey/Delaware - 1 to 2 inches.

The snow and rain follows a frigid Saturday night with temperatures in the single digits in the North and West suburbs and the teens in Philadelphia.

The work week will start off with rain Monday morning although the weather will warm-up slightly. Temps will reach the low 50s by mid-week.

Stay with NBC10.com for the latest weather updates.

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<![CDATA[Thick Ice Causing Problems on Waterways]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:14:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009614468_1200x675_405341763699.jpg The recent snow and ice in our area requires the Coast Guard to use a special boat to cut through the ice that has formed on nearby waterways, including the Delaware River, to ensure business runs as usual.]]> <![CDATA[Coast Guard Ship Helps Break the Ice]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:04:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009574367_1200x675_402850883698.jpg The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing its effort to try and break the ice on the Delaware River.]]> <![CDATA[Rain Clears Out, Temperatures Rise Sunday]]> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:59:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/black+ice+sidewalk.jpg

A combination of a wintry mix and freezing rain caused sheets of ice to form on roads, driveways and sidewalks throughout the area overnight into Sunday morning.

A snowstorm developed late Saturday morning as temperatures hovered in the teens. The white stuff started to fall in parts north and west of Philadelphia around noon and flurries were spotted in the city around 1 p.m. before becoming widespread later on during the afternoon. Around 9 p.m., the snow changed to a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet. Sidewalks and freshly plowed roads are extremely icy throughout the region.



The storm caused PennDOT to reduce speed limits to 45 miles per hour on several major highways including Interstates 76, 95, 476 and 676, U.S. Routes 1, 30, 202, 422, and State Routes 63, 100 Spur and 309. Several accidents were reported due to icy road conditions and many cars got stuck on hills and side streets. 

About 25 percent of all flights were cancelled at Philadelphia International Airport due to the snow and icy conditions. The FAA issued a ground stop that delayed arriving flights. Departures were also delayed because of late arriving aircraft and planes that needed to be de-iced before takeoff. While officials say there may be some impact to operations at the airport Sunday morning, they anticipate Philly International will be back to normal operations by mid-day. You can check the status of your flight here.

SEPTA suspended the following bus routes due to icy conditions Sunday:
2, 7

SEPTA detoured the following bus routes Sunday:

8, 16, 21, 23, 29, 30, 39, 42, 47, 47M, 52, 54, 57, 61, 70, 109, 127, 130, 139, G, J, K, H

Trolley route 15 was also detoured Sunday.

Regional rail passengers may also experience delays due to the snow and ice.

Check the SEPTA website for more information.

The region dried out Sunday as we warmed up to temps in the mid-40s. But the break from the bitter cold will be brief -- more frigid air will bring the temps back down into the teens and low 20s for the work week.

Stay with the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team for the latest updates on the extreme weather.

<![CDATA[Cold Likely Killed 80-Year-Old in Philly]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:42:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009564002_1200x675_402271299730.jpg Mildred Rhem an 80-year-old who suffers from dementia was found dead in Philadelphia Friday. Police suspect hypothermia caused the woman's death. ]]> <![CDATA[Freezing Temps Bursting Pipes at Jersey Shore]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:54:50 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/Frozen+Pipe+Generic+Broken+Pipe.JPG If you own a house down the shore, this weekend would be a good time to head there to check for broken pipes caused by this week's sub-zero temperatures.

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<![CDATA[Snow, Ice Cause Issues for Homeowners]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:48:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/657fb0a195f2403c9ea87217db796390.jpg NBC10's Matt DeLucia spoke to a homeowner in Broomall, Delaware County who hired help to remove the ice from his roof and gutters.

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<![CDATA[Crop Concerns: Freezing Temperatures Worry Farmers]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:40:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009562919_1200x675_402185795837.jpg How cold is too cold for crops? NBC10's Cydney Long was in Sewell, NJ learning about frigid temps and their effect on local farms and vineyards. ]]> <![CDATA[Looking Back at Hurricane Sandy's Devastation]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:18:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/storm-add-P1.jpg Hurricane Sandy started out as a tropical storm in the Caribbean, reached hurricane strength and then crashed into the mid-Atlantic states as a post-tropical cyclone in 2012. Take a look back at some of the most compelling photos from before and after.

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<![CDATA[Another Frigid Night Followed by Saturday Snow]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:12:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/aecd6016019d450b9c23414a8661d882.jpg

On the heels of the coldest morning in 21 years, snow will move into our area Saturday.

NBC10 meteorologist issued a First Alert Thursday because of the bitter cold and it will continue through Saturday's storm, said Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.

"We issued the First Alert because we'll see a significant snow storm in the middle of the weekend when a lot of people are out and about," said Glenn. "Because of the recent dangerous cold, the roads are extremely cold and snow will stick to them immediately."

Overnight Friday, temperatures will stay nearly as cold as they were Thursday night with the high hovering around 9 degrees in the city and 2 in the suburbs. As you wake up Saturday, temps will be in the teens and it will be sunny, but fast forward to early afternoon, and that's when the snow starts moving in.

It's move into our area from the west around noon and quickly stick to untreated surfaces thanks to the frigid cold, Glenn said.

The Philadelphia/I-95 corridor will see anywhere from 1" to 3" while areas north and west of the city could see as many as 6" before the precipitation turns over to an icy mix, making for even more treacherous driving conditions.

As temperatures warm through the evening, the storm will end with rain that will last through early Sunday morning.

Following the early a.m. rain, it'll be mostly cloudy with the chance of sun in the afternoon -- the best news? We could reach 40 degrees!

The bad news? Temps above freezing will cause melting and slush which will refreeze overnight Sunday into Monday as another bitter cold blast hits the area hard, said Glenn.

Monday's high will be 23, but with gusty winds, it'll feel like zero.

Stay with the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team for the latest updates on the extreme weather.

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<![CDATA[Senior Citizens Most At-Risk During Dangerous Cold]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:38:31 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/older+woman+cold+eldery.jpg As our area deals with record-setting cold, it's important to check up on elderly relatives and neighbors to ensure that they are keeping their homes at least 68 degrees warm.

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<![CDATA[Frigid Temps Raise Frostbite, Hypothermia Concerns]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:04:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/woman+very+cold+walking+covered.jpg

When the thermometer dips into sub-freezing or even sub-zero territory, health officials say the air becomes dangerous.

Being exposed to such arctic temperatures, even for a relatively short period of time, could leave children, the elderly and adults susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite says Bryn Mawr Hospital emergency medicine physician Dr. Leonard Ulan, Jr.

“If you are looking at wind chills below zero, then you need to consider that frostbite could set in within a matter of minutes,” he said.

With frostbite, your skin and the tissue underneath freezes, cutting off blood flow. The skin will start to turn gray or white and the damage could be irreversible – sometimes resulting in the loss of ears, a nose, fingers or limbs.

Ulan says keeping your skin covered and dry is the first line of defense against such damage.

“If you do get wet you are at increased risk, so if gloves or boots get wet you are at risk for both frostbite and hypothermia,” he said. “Make sure you have weather resistant, water resistant clothing and if it is not precipitating, just make sure you have on multiple layers and all your skin is protected.”

Children are some of the most susceptible individuals to both frostbite and hypothermia. He says allowing kids to be outside in arctic air for more than a few minutes is not a good idea.

“If it’s zero degrees with wind…it could just take 5, 10, 15 minutes to develop early frostbite. I wouldn’t leave them at a bus stop for more than a few minutes,” he said.

The elderly are another group at risk in the extreme weather. The thermostat should be set to 68-degrees or higher in homes where older individuals are living, according to Ulan. The doctor says it’s important to keep a keen eye on how they are acting because medications could be masking the symptoms of hypothermia.

“You and I would probably start shivering [if we were cold]. Sometimes elderly people, because of the medicine they are on, don’t shiver,” he says. “Sometimes the only symptoms they might have are they are acting confused or sluggish.”

For healthy adults, Ulan says avoid alcohol and drug use because they can dull a person’s senses. Dressing properly and being prepared for any condition is also vital.

“If you are going to drive in the snow, make sure you have a blanket in your car and make sure you have enough warm clothing,” he said. “You can handle cold weather if you are properly dressed and prepared. Most of the problems we have are when people don’t prepare.”

Should you experience symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite, it’s best to seek medical attention immediately. For frostbite, the Mayo Clinic suggests gradually warming the frostbitten areas and try not to use fingers or toes that are affected.

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

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<![CDATA[Cold Concerns for Children Headed to School]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:27:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009546186_1200x675_401357379543.jpg Find out why some children may be more susceptible to breathing problems when the temperature drops.]]> <![CDATA[Feeling Frigid: Dangerous Wind Chills Upon Us]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:42:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cold-Weather-NYC-Generic-213.jpg

Strong, persistent winds are producing subzero wind chills that will cut to your core and are dangerous for anyone venturing outside.

NBC10 First Alert Weather has issued a First Alert lasting through Friday due to the extremely cold. The National Weather Service issued a Wind Chill Advisory lasting through 11 a.m. Friday for the entire region.

Late Thursday temperatures plummeted to record lows in some areas as winds blew between 15 and 25 mph with gusts around 30 mph.

The combination produced "feel-like" temperatures around negative 20 degrees, Meteorologist Bill Henley said. Wind chills dropped to negative 32 degrees Friday morning on Mount Pocono.

In Philadelphia, that was cut in half with feel-like temperatures at negative 14 degrees. Atlantic City hovered near negative 20 degrees.

Such intense conditions poses a physical danger to anyone spending a prolonged amount of time outside including concerns about frostbite and hypothermia. Health experts recommend covering exposed skin including your nose, fingers and ears and staying indoors as much as possible.

The Arctic weather could be the coldest temperatures our area has felt in 21 years, meteorologists say.

Stay with the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team for the latest updates on the extreme weather.

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<![CDATA[Man Dies After Being Found in Cold With Little Clothing on]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:46:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/Ice+Cold+Death+Snow+Allentown.JPG

An elderly Lehigh Valley man, wearing little clothing in the cold, died Thursday morning.

Raymond Sokalsky died early Thursday at Sacred Heart Hospital, according to the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office.

The coroner determined that the 86-year-old Allentown man died from accidental hypothermia.

Family members found Sokalsky outside his Tilghman Street home around 4 a.m. Thursday, said authorities. He died two hours later.

Sokalsky’s family found him outside with very little clothing on, said authorities. At the time temperatures hovered well below the freezing mark.

<![CDATA['Hey, Snow!' Principal Creates Snow Day Spoof]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:37:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/186*120/Thomas+Glennon+Snow+Day.JPG

Thomas Glennon, principal of Linden Hill Elementary School in Wilmington, announced a snow day Tuesday by filming a selfie and singing a song.

Rewriting “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers to notify students and parents that school was closed, he sang through the entire song replacing “Ho Hey” with “Snow Day.”

The YouTube video opens at 5 a.m. with Glennon surrounded by Curious George and other stuffed animals inside his home.

Glennon sang, “I belong at school. You belong at school. But not today. I belong at school. You belong at school. It’s a snow day.”

Most of the comments claim that Glennon is "the funniest principal ever." That sense of humor comes out for sure at the end as Glennon makes a snow angel outside his home.

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<![CDATA[Sculptor Makes 'Goddess' Out of Ice Along MLK Drive]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:08:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Don+Harrison+Ice+Sculpture.JPG Artist Don Harrison is trying to bring a little bit of warmth to motorists along the Martin Luther King Drive by creating a goddess out of ice naturally occurring off a rail bridge near Montgomery Drive in Fairmount Park.

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<![CDATA[Lions & Tigers & Bears, Plus Snow!]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:36:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lions+and+Tigers+and+Bears+snow.JPG Tuesday's snowfall covered the Philadelphia Zoo leaving some of the animals enjoying the fluffy white cover.

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<![CDATA[High Winds Drop Water Level of Del. River]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:06:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Philadelphia+Snow+Generic+Snow+Philly+Skyline+Generic+Delaware+River.JPG

High winds over the weekend helped drop the water level of the Delaware River to the lowest point in almost 22 years, the National Weather Service said.

The big drop was recorded on Sunday. The National Weather Service released a graph showing that day's water level in comparison to the average.

"The river level fell to -3.4 feet mean lower low water (as shown by the red arrow on the graph). The last time the river level was that low at Philadelphia was on March 15, 1993," a spokesperson for the Weather Service wrote. "The red line on the graph indicates the actual water level, the blue line is what the water level should be based on the normal tidal fluctuations and the green line is the departure or difference between the two." 

The spokesperson says the low water levels were caused by strong northwest winds that pushed ocean water away from the New Jersey and Delaware coasts, drawing water out of Delaware Bay and the tidal portion of the Delaware River.

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<![CDATA[Braving the Snow in Delaware]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:54:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/Generic+Snow+Generic+Road+Snow+Road+Generic.JPG Locals in Wilmington, Delaware had to deal with inches of snow Tuesday morning.

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<![CDATA[Snow Causes 1st Car Dent]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:07:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009524538_1200x675_400306755809.jpg Folks in South Jersey faced the cold and the slippery streets with the in Cape May County, New Jersey including Dave, a retired firefighter, who got the first ding in his car Tuesday morning.]]> <![CDATA[Snow Falls on Delaware]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 07:34:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009524231_1200x675_400293955597.jpg Snow has slowed in Wilmington but snow pack on roads caused dangerous driving conditions. School and State Offices are closed today due to weather.]]> <![CDATA[Snow Totals Where You Live]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:04:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/1a62824ca9b6455980b5ef10d934b11f.jpg

An overnight snowstorm dumped inches of snow from the Lehigh Valley to the Jersey Shore Tuesday. Snow totals are coming in to the National Weather Service for our area.

Here they are, in alphabetical order by county for each state (Note that each area could see varying totals depending on when the observation was recorded):

Feel free to share how much snow you've seen in the comments section below.


Berks County
Reading 3.5
Bucks County
Levittown 5.5
Lower Makefield Township 5.5
Perkasie 3.0
Carbon County
Jim Thorpe 1.5
Chester County
Malvern 4.0
Parkesburg 3.3
West Grove 3.0
Delaware County
Chadds Ford 4.5
Drexel Hill 5.1
Ridley Park 5.0
Upper Darby 4.5
Lehigh County
Allentown 3.0
Center Valley 2.5
Lehigh Valley International Airport 2.4
Lower Macungie Township 3.9
Monroe County
Saylorsburg 2.0
Montgomery County
Abington 5.0
Bala Cynwyd 5.6
Bryn Mawr 5.2
Graterford 4.0
King of Prussia 4.0
Skippack 4.0
Trappe 3.9
Northampton County
Bethlehem 3.0
Philadelphia County
Fox Chase 5.0
Philadelphia International Airport 3.7
South Philadelphia 5.0

New Jersey

Atlantic County
Atlantic City International Airport 3.9
Hammonton 5.0
Mullica Township 3.5
Pleasantville 3.9
Burlington County
Florence 6.1
McGuire Air Force Base 6.5
Moorestown 5.5
Mount Holly 4.3
Riverton 5.8
Camden County
Cedar Brook 6.0
Haddon Heights 5.3
Merchantville 4.0
Cape May County
Cape May 7.0
Green Creek 6.0
Wildwood Crest 6.0
Cumberland County
Millville 5.0
Newport 5.8
Vineland 4.0
Gloucester County
Mantua 5.5
National Park 3.7
Sewell 6.0
Mercer County
Ewing 4.9
Robbinsville 4.0
Monmouth County
Neptune 7.0
Ocean County
Brick Township 6.5
Jackson Township 6.0
Toms River 5.5
Salem County
Pittsgrove Township 6.0


Kent County
Dover 4.0
Smyrna 3.6
Woodside 6.5
New Castle County
Bear 4.5
Brandywine 6.0
New Castle County Airport 3.3
Wilmington 4.4
Sussex County
Fenwick Island 4.5
Georgetown 6.0
Ocean View 5.0
Selbyville 6.5

<![CDATA[Commuter: 'Roads Are Very Slippery']]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 04:53:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009523047_1200x675_400243267821.jpg NBC10's Rosemary Connors caught up with one woman who trudged her way through the snow early Tuesday morning.]]> <![CDATA[Snow Falls on Center City]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 04:08:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Center+City.JPG Rosemary Connors is Center City Philadelphia as some businesses still need to be up and running Tuesday as snow falls.

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<![CDATA[StormForce10 Out in the Snow]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 04:06:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009522890_1200x675_400236099720.jpg We are driving across the region checking out road conditions in different parts of the area during Tuesday's winter storm.]]> <![CDATA[Heavy Snow Overnight in Wilmington]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 04:05:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009522876_1200x675_400234563988.jpg NBC10's Katy Zachry is in Wilmington, Del. checking out the conditions as they get hit hard with snow.]]> <![CDATA[Dangerous Cold: Sub-Freezing Temps, Powerful Winds]]> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 06:00:31 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/181*120/5a56dd50fb2142f0a5892a965dbc914a.jpg

Dangerously strong winds and potentially record-breaking cold slammed the entire area Sunday. Temperatures are expected to fall between 0 to -3 degrees for the Philadelphia area overnight into Monday morning. If that temperature holds, it would break the previous record of 2 degrees set back in 1888.

While the wind speeds will die down, actual temperatures will be colder Monday morning and afternoon, staying in the teens and low 20's with wind chills around -20 degrees Monday morning.

Wind Chill Temperatures Monday by 5 a.m.

Philadelphia: -17 degrees

Trenton: -15 degrees

Toms River: -16 degrees

Atlantic City: -15 degrees

Dover: -14 degrees

Reading: -19 degrees

Allentown: -20 degrees

Poconos: -32 degrees

After the cold, a system that could drop over half a foot of snow in parts of the area will move into the region Monday night into Tuesday morning. You can get more details on the timeline and expected totals here. 

Dangerously low temperatures and face-biting winds already hit the area Sunday morning. Strong gusts blew over leftover snow making the somewhat icy road conditions even more precarious for drivers.

Temperatures dipped late Saturday evening into early Sunday morning with AM lows hitting single digits ahead of an afternoon high of just 15 degrees. The sub-freezing temperatures felt even colder as wind gusts surpassed 50 miles per hour in parts of the region.

The strong winds caused concerns for utility companies as tree limbs could potentially come down and take out power lines. A tree toppled onto the roof of a Delaware County home, trapping one person, while an apartment building in Philly's East Falls neighborhood also had a tree fall onto it.

PECO officials, who activated the emergency response team late Saturday night, are advising customers to stay safe Sunday and prepare for possible storm damage.

At one point more than 1,600 PECO customers in Philly and more than 1,300 others in Delaware County were without power, while the other surrounding suburban counties had a few dozen outages, according to the company website.

PSE&G reported only a handful of customers were without power.

The dangerously low temperatures and high winds led to some cancellations in the area.

The Archdiocese closed parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in Philadelphia.

The 2015 Mike's Seafood Polar Bear Run-Walk for Autism in Sea Isle, New Jersey was cancelled. Race officials have yet to announce a new date for the even.

Several area churches -- the Baptist Worship Center Church in Bridesburg section of Philly, Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pottstown and Warminster Presbyterian Church -- canceled services.

The painful winds and dangerously low temps Sunday followed a blast of snow on Valentine's Day morning and snow squalls throughout the evening, moved through the area later on. During the second round, there were periods of heavy snow causing white-outs, low visibilities and dangerous travel.

Stay with the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team for the latest weather updates throughout the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Over 100 Cars Involved in Pileup in Erie Co. ]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:26:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Erie-County-Pileup.jpg

Seven people were hurt after a pileup involving 107 cars in Erie County, Pennsylvania Saturday.

The pileup occurred in the westbound lanes of I-90 at mile-marker 41 near the I-86 intersection.

Seven people suffered “bumps and bruises” in the pileup though no one was killed or seriously injured, according to officials.

I-90 was closed for several hours due to the accident.

Officials said road conditions were “icy” at the time of the accident with one to two inches of snow on the ground as well as blowing snow in the air.

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<![CDATA[Snow Squalls Move Through Area]]> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 23:17:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/0972b0bc328e46358a9e496aa557e559.jpg

"Snow squalls" moved through our area Saturday night causing whiteout conditions and dangerous travel.

A snow squall is an intense, but limited duration, period of moderate to heavy snowfall accompanied by strong, gusty surface winds and possibly lightning, according to the National Weather Service.

"It's a burst of snow," said NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Michelle Grossman. "Think of it like a thunderstorm in the winter."

Snow squalls often lead to blowing snow, whiteouts and reduced visibilities.

"Snow squalls can drop an inch or two of snow in a short period of time," said Michelle.

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<![CDATA[Crews Busy Despite the Dangerous Cold]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:38:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009496452_1200x675_398589507515.jpg Although temperatures are below freezing in and around Upper Darby, various crews are still outside working. NBC10's Katy Zachry is talking dangerous cold from the 69th Street Terminal. ]]> <![CDATA[Tips to Cope When It's Ridiculously Cold]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:35:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_162996170.jpg

We're in the midst of another brutally cold night. 

Here's how you can minimize the misery:

1. Bundle Up (and Swap Out the Leggings)

It might seem obvious, but piling on a few extra layers is a great way to stay warm, especially if you have to be outside. Keeping your core warm is especially important when temperatures dip below freezing, so try wearing an extra shirt or two under your coat.

Worried about looking bulky? Many sporting goods companies make cold-weather gear that is slim enough to be worn even under work clothes.

For ladies who love wearing leggings, try swapping them out for long underwear. Several hiking-gear companies make long underwear that has the same look as leggings and will help keep you warm. A bonus: Most long underwear is meant to dry quickly, so leftover snow and slush won't leave your legs damp.

2. Indulge in Foods That Help You Keep Warm

You already know that eating well in the winter could help you stay healthy, but did you know it might help keep you warm, too? Eating extra, healthy fats during the winter can help rev up metabolism, which in turn heats the body, according to Columbia Health.

If your New Year's resolution was to drop a few pounds, don't worry -- you can always skip the extra fat and try eating warmer foods and drinks. Try soups, spicy foods, hot coffee and teas to reverse the chill!

3. We're Sorry: Alcohol Decreases Core Temperatures 

Although alcoholic beverages might make you feel warm, they actually decrease your core temperature and can be dangerous during winter months. 

According to The New York Times and a study by Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, alcohol reverses some reflexes that control body temperature, especially the body's ability to shiver. Alcohol can also make you sweat, even when it is cold, which can lower core temperatures even more. 

4. Keep Your Toes Toasty

Hypothermia is most likely to begin in extremities like your hands and feet, so keeping your toes warm is important. Whether you're walking to work or just around the block, make sure to wear sturdy, insulated shoes that will help prevent slips on slick surfaces and keep your feet dry.

Looking for a pair? Try a good pair of hiking books or, for the fashionista, this article from Glamour offers boots that are cozy and cute. Also, consider wearing an extra pair of socks (here's a helpful article to help you choose the right pair). 

5. Sunglasses... Even in the Winter

If you're walking in the snow during the day, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glare.

If you are walking at night, make sure to dress in colors other than white and to wear something reflective on your person to alert drivers to your presence. 

Avoid walking too close to roadways, especially near icy areas where drivers may lose control of their vehicle. 

6. Remember the "Three-Feet Rule"

Space heaters are a great way to add extra heat to colder rooms, but always remember to keep anything flammable at least three feet away from the heater at all times.

Flammable items include clothing, rugs, bedding and curtains. Also remember to place the heater on a hard, non-flammable, stable surface and to turn it off completely before leaving the house. Set a reminder on your phone if you're afraid you'll forget.

7. Watch Out for Furry Friends

You might be jealous of your dog or cat's fur coat when temperatures drop, but they need to be kept warm, too. 

Catherine Blake, owner of Make My Day, Please dog walking services suggests dog walks should be limited to 10 minutes.

"You also have to be careful of ice in their paws because it can act like little daggers," Blake said.

Always remember to bring pets inside when temperatures begin to drop. If they can't come inside, provide enough bedding and insulated shelter for them to keep warm. If temperatures are below freezing, remember to check pets' water and replace it if it has frozen.

8. Monitor Fires

It's easy to snooze in front of a roaring fire, but always make sure that fireplace embers are completely out before going to bed for the night. 

Wood fireplaces should always have a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs. 

9. Don't Warm Up Your Car While It's Unattended

Although letting your car heat up before you hop in can be tempting, leaving your car running when you're not around offers the perfect opportunity for thieves to steal it. 

Instead, have a family member wait inside it while you finish getting ready, and then switch "shifts" with them when you have finished. Alternate who goes first to keep it fair.

10. Assemble a Car Emergency Kit

Check the CDC's car emergency checklist to ensure you are prepared in case you have a roadside emergency during inclement weather. 

11. Keep Heat Constant

Setting your thermostat at the same temperature day and night will help prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting. While avoiding a high heating bill might be tempting, you could be protecting yourself from costly repairs from frozen or burst pipes. 

If you are going to be away from home for an extended period of time, don't lower heat below 55 degrees. 

12. Protect Pipes

Keeping the heat on isn't the only thing you can do to protect pipes from freezing

State Farm suggests letting your hot and cold faucets drip overnight and opening cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks and on exterior walls.

Locate the water shut-off valve in your home in advance of a water emergency, so you know where to go if a pipe bursts, one local water agency spokesperson advises.

13. Watch Out for Antifreeze

People often use antifreeze on sidewalks and paths to melt ice and snow, but the dangers to humans and pets if it is ingested are serious. 

Know the symptoms of antifreeze poisoning in humans and monitor children who are behaving oddly after returning from playing outside. 

Wipe down pets' paws, stomachs and tails when they come inside so they do not ingest antifreeze when licking themselves. Check symptoms of antifreeze poisoning in animals to ensure you are prepared in case they become sick.

14. Know the Terms

Familiarize yourself with government terms for winter weather emergencies

  • Freezing Rain - Rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines.
  • Sleet - Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.
  • Winter Weather Advisory - Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.
  • Winter Storm Watch - A winter storm is possible in your area. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for more information.
  • Winter Storm Warning - A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.
  • Blizzard Warning - Sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow (reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile) are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.
  • Frost/Freeze Warning - Below freezing temperatures are expected.

15. Make Sure Roads Are Safe Before Driving

Online snow plow trackers make it easy to check when roads in your area are clear and safe to drive after snowfall. 

16. Write Down Important Utility Numbers

Heavy snow and ice can settle on power lines and cause power outages. Write down utility numbers and have them handy during a storm in case you need to report an outage or incident.

17. Watch for Signs of Hypothermia 

Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can result in hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. A body temperature that's too low can affect the brain, which makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because the victim may not know it is happening. 

Hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at merely cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat or submersion in cold water.

Check the CDC's guide for recognizing hypothermia to prepare yourself to help someone suffering from the condition. 

18. Help the Homeless

Be on the lookout for homeless people who could get hypothermia as temperatures dip into the teens overnight. If you see someone  who needs shelter or warmer clothing, call your local shelter hot line or authorities.

<![CDATA[Dangerous Cold and Wind Move In ]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:41:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-cold-02.jpg

The snow moved out but the bitter cold is moving in along with dangerously strong winds. A combination of arctic air and strong wind gusts will lead to the coldest air so far this season.

Valentine's Day Snow

Snow moved into the region early Saturday afternoon and lasted throughout the night. The first round of snow cleared out early Saturday evening. But a second, more intense round, known as a "snow squall" moved through the area later on. During the second round, there were periods of heavy snow causing white-outs, low visibilities and dangerous travel.

The system moved out of the Philadelphia area around 10:30 p.m. The system moved through the Jersey Shore before leaving the region around midnight.

While the snow is gone, the wind is now picking up. A high wind warning went into effect 10 p.m. Saturday and will last until 2 p.m. Sunday.

"Wind will pick up overnight tonight and continue until Sunday afternoon," said NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Brittney Shipp.

Wind gusts by Sunday morning will be near 55 mph, causing the potential for power outages.

Frigid Temperatures Return

The high will only be around 15 degrees Sunday. The heavy wind gusts will make it feel even colder. Wind chill temperatures will be between -15 and -30 degrees Sunday morning and stay below zero during the day. 

Wind Chill Temperatures Sunday at 7 a.m.

  • Philadelphia: -15 degrees
  • Wilmington: -16 degrees
  • Dover: -14 degrees
  • Millville: - 14 degrees
  • Cape May: -8 degrees
  • Atlantic City: -12 degrees
  • Mount Holly: -15 degrees
  • Pottstown: -16 degrees
  • Reading: -18 degrees
  • Mount Pocono: -21 degrees
  • Lancaster: -18 degrees
  • Allentown: -15 degrees
  • Doylestown: -16 degrees
  • Toms River: -15 degrees

Temperatures will get even more extreme overnight Monday as they plummet to the low single digits. The forecast for Monday morning for Philadelphia is 1 degree, which would break the previous record of 2 degrees. If that holds, it will be the coldest start to the morning in our area in more than 100 years.

Stay with the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team for the latest weather updates throughout the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Light Snow, Then Bitter Cold to Hit Area ]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:52:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cold+weather+second.jpg

Get ready to bundle up over the next few days. We’re in for bitter cold with wind chills below zero.

Before the cold, a system will bring in light snow Thursday. We should see very little accumulation, if any at all, as well as temperatures in the mid to upper 30’s. After the snow clears out Thursday night, the deep freeze begins. By the time you wake up Friday, frigid wind chills will make temperatures feel like below zero in most parts of the region.

Wind Chill Temperatures by 7 a.m. Friday

Philadelphia: -5 degrees

Wilmington: -4 degrees

Dover: 0 degrees

Allentown: -10 degrees

Doylestown: -7 degrees

Pottstown: -8 degrees

Reading: -8 degrees

Cape May: 3 degrees

Atlantic City: -2 degrees

Toms River: -5 degrees

Things won't get much better throughout the day with temperatures in the low 20's and wind chills in the teens and single digits.

Wind Chill Temperatures by 2 p.m. Friday


Philadelphia: 12 degrees

Wilmington: 13 degrees

Dover: 14 degrees

Allentown: 5 degrees

Doylestown: 8 degrees

Pottstown: 8 degrees

Reading: 8 degrees

Cape May: 12 degrees

Atlantic City: 12 degrees

Toms River: 10 degrees

We won’t see much of a warmup Saturday with temperatures in the 20’s as well as a chance of snow overnight into Sunday.

Stay with NBC10.com for the latest weather updates.

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<![CDATA[Ice Covering Roads, Sidewalks]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:34:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009465807_1200x675_396737603537.jpg Be careful as you head out the door as we are seeing icy conditions throughout our area Tuesday morning.]]> <![CDATA[Dashcams Capture Car Wipeouts]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 06:49:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/car+spinouts+new+jersey.jpg Icy roads made driving difficult and dangerous in many places across New Jersey, and police dash cams captured the accidents Monday. Brian Thompson reports.]]> <![CDATA[Snowfall Overnight in Lehigh Valley]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 07:23:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009465087_1200x675_396708931720.jpg Bethlehem saw some light snowfall overnight Monday into Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Crews Prepare Roads for Ice, Freezing Rain]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 09:30:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009454699_1200x675_396150851756.jpg Freezing rain is causing dangerous conditions on the roads. NBC10's Matt DeLucia reports from StormForce10 where he says he's seen crews out salting the roads.]]> <![CDATA[Freezing Rain, Wintry Mix Hit Region]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:18:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/231*120/Center+City+Snow+Umbrella+Snow+Generic.JPG

Be careful while driving on roads and walking on sidewalks driveways Tuesday morning.

An area of snow and an icy mix is moving into the region from Baltimore and temperatures will stay below freezing overnight.

"Freezing rain, sleet and snow will move through and stick to roads that aren't treated," said NBC10 First Alert Weather Meteorologist Sheena Parveen.

Freezing rain and sleet created icy conditions on roads Monday night as northeasterly winds pushed cold New England air into our region.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Philadelphia and Delaware County in Pennsylvania and Camden, Burlington and Ocean counties in New Jersey that will last until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

There was little to no accumulation from the latest system but the timing of the storm still impacted commuters as they left work Monday.

"It may be safer to head out before it gets dark," said NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz. "Try to stay on roads that would be treated as much as possible. And be careful walking on sidewalks and driveways."

Since temperatures remained below the freezing mark all of Monday, any precipitation -- even a light drizzle -- that fell caused slippery conditions. In Middlesex County, at least one person was killed while dozens were hurt after a 15-vehicle pileup involving a bus and tractor trailer. Officials haven't confirmed whether the crash was caused by icy conditions but one twitter user described the area as a "skating rink." 

Some schools closed Monday after icing occurred.

As areas closer to Philadelphia dealt with freezing rain and a wintry mix, the Poconos and Lehigh Valley saw light snow.

The wet weather will clear out Tuesday as highs head into the low 40s, but the region will only get a short break from the precipitation.  Wednesday will be sunny with highs in the mid 30s. More rain and snow is expected to hit the area Thursday as temps hover near the 40 degree mark.

Temperatures plummet Thursday -- lows will be in the teens making way for a bitter cold weekend and the chance of more snow.

Stay with NBC10.com for the latest weather updates.  

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<![CDATA[Weekend Warm-Up on Tap]]> Sat, 07 Feb 2015 00:27:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Generic+Sun+Generic+Sunset+Generic+Hot+Generic+Heat+Wave.JPG

After a few days of bitter cold, a weekend warm-up is expected before another system brings colder temps and possibly wet weather.

“Warmer this weekend -- mid-low 40s Saturday, possibly low 50’s Sunday!” exclaimed NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Sheena Parveen.

The warm-up will take a little longer in some areas. Expect chillier temperatures up in the Lehgih Valley and Poconos with a snow shower possible Saturday morning before temps warm up.

Expect some sun Saturday before clouds build Sunday.

After the warm weekend, a storm moves in overnight into Monday that could bring an icy mix and some snow Monday morning. Stay tuned through the weekend to get more details on what to expect.

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<![CDATA[Ice Flies Off Big Rig, Smashes SUV Windshield]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 21:41:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009430620_1200x675_394669123938.jpg Snow and ice flying off of the top of a tractor-trailer caused a dangerous scare for a driver on a local highway Thursday morning.]]> <![CDATA[Tracking Snow in the Morning Rush Hour]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 07:12:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/night+snow+by+street+sign+winter+weather.JPG

Scattered snow showers moved into the suburbs north and west of Philadelphia early Thursday morning as biting winds made above freezing temperatures feel even colder.

Flurries began falling around 4:30 a.m. in parts of Lehigh and Berks counties. The snow started to reach parts closer to the city shortly after 6 a.m. Philly residents will see flurries around 9 a.m.

The temperatures, holding in the mid-30s across southeastern Pennsylvania, will keep the snow from accumulating before it tapers off in the late morning.

Thursday started out cloudy with temperatures around 36 degrees. As the clouds make way for sun throughout the morning and early afternoon, temps drop.

By lunchtime, it will be about 30 degrees and some parts will have wind gusts approaching speeds of 30 miles per hour.

The mercury will continue to nosedive in the afternoon and evening. Temperatures will head towards a low of 11 degrees overnight with wind chill values below zero.

Expect mostly sunny skies Friday and a high temperature near 29 degrees. Saturday will warm up with temperatures in the upper 30s. The weekend will come to a close with another chance of rain and snow overnight Saturday into Sunday.

<![CDATA[Snow, Slush Worsen Clogged Storm Drains in NJ]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 04:38:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/storm+drain+cleaning+nj.jpg Crews in New Jersey had to use heavy equipment and a lot of manpower to clear clogged storm drains and get some of the standing water off the streets. Brian Thompson has more from West Orange.]]> <![CDATA[NJ Travel Changes, State Delays]]> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:12:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NJ-Transit-Generic_edited-1.jpg Non-essential state employees in New Jersey are not required to be into work until 10:30 a.m. in order to give road crews plenty of time to clear the snow and ice. Meanwhile, New Jersey Transit is cross-honoring tickets today to help with uncertain travel conditions.]]> <![CDATA[Icy Roads Cause Accidents Throughout Region]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:18:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Icy-Roads-Accidents.jpg

Icy roads caused by leftover moisture and freezing temperatures and strong, gusty winds led to several accidents throughout the region.

Several weather-related accidents were reported throughout the area, including one in Princeton, New Jersey in which a car slammed into a tree.

Icy roads caused officials to close Lincoln Drive between Gypsy Lane and Rittenhouse street Monday night. It was later reopened. Lincoln Drive was then closed again shortly before 11:30 p.m. at Gypsy Lane due to a water main break.

High winds also damaged two telephone poles at Bryn Mawr and Parkside avenues in Wynnefield. A driver was also killed after heavy winds caused a tree to fall on top of his car in Villanova.

"Temperatures are well below freezing through the area now," said NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Sheena Parveen. "Any untreated roads should be icy at this point. Winds are gusting near 40 mph so this is also helping to dry things out but they've most likely already frozen." 

Sunday's storm system began with snow, then a wintry mix before it completely changed over to rain. The wet weather moved out late Monday afternoon. Now we're seeing a drop in temperatures and 40 mph winds that are making it feel like the single digits.

In Philadelphia and along the I-95 corridor, we dropped below freezing by 7 p.m. and even earlier north and west of the city. After the sun went down, road conditions changed drastically and any slushy or wet surfaces froze quickly.

The icy conditions and cold temperatures will continue through Tuesday’s morning commute.

"For the morning temperatures will feel like the single digits through most of the area," Sheena said. "It will still be breezy but winds will decrease through the day, though not as windy as this evening was. Temperatures will be in the mid-20's for Tuesday highs." 

We’ll warm up on Wednesday with temperatures in the low 40's though there's also a chance of brief snow in the north and west suburbs early Wednesday morning. Wednesday night into Thursday morning another round of snow approaches from the west.

On Friday temperatures will drop to the 20's while they'll rise near 40 on Saturday. Then there will be another chance of snow on Sunday.

Please follow updated forecasts over the weekend, whether it’s on TV, our website, the NBC10 First Alert Weather or NBC10 News apps, Twitter or Facebook.

<![CDATA[Snow Squall Hits Friday Evening Rush]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:20:39 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/media+snow+squall.jpg

The sudden, fast-moving snowfall hit as residents in and around Philadelphia made their way home Friday night.

Many people were surprised to see lots of swirling flakes outside their windows and cars.

Take a look at your view of the squall:

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