<![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 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:09:54 -0400 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:09:54 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Rain, Snow Set for Morning Commute]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:42:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009891052_1200x675_420010563633.jpg Some drivers are seeing rain, others are dealing with snow as they start their Monday morning commute.]]> <![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Severe Weather Central]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:17:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic+umbrella+rain+storm.jpg

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<![CDATA[Philly's 1 of the Dreariest Cities]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:29:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Philadelphia+Snow+Generic+Snow+Philly+Skyline+Generic+Delaware+River.JPG

Philadelphia is dreary -- so dreary in fact there are only 15 cities drearier, according to meteorologist Brian Brettschneider.

Brettschneider ranked the City of Brotherly Love the 16th dreariest city in the country.

“Dreary,” to Brettschneider, “does not have a scientific definition…In my mind, a dreary day is wet and gray – therefore, this analysis only used variables that reflect those characteristics.”

Brettschneider ranked 73 major cities with 250,000 residents or more to determine where it's dreariest.

The “Dreary Index” takes into account an area’s total rainfall, number of wet days, and cloud cover.

Philadelphia scored a 23 out of the possible 30 on the “Dreary Index.”

Buffalo, New York took the most dreary city with an index of 27 followed by Seattle and Pittsburgh. Baltimore and Chicago, on the other hand, only scored 22 or 21 out of 30.

Where are the least dreary cities? Las Vegas and Phoenix both scored a three according to Brettschneider.



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<![CDATA[Wintry Start to Spring]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:10:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009816134_1200x675_416014915925.jpg NBC10's Jesse Gary gives insight on the messy conditions left by snow Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Spring Marks Anniversary of 50-Inch Snowstorm]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:06:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/March-1958-Snow.jpg

March 20 is a significant weather day in our area. Not only is it the first day of spring, but it’s also the anniversary of one of the biggest weather events in the region’s history.

On March 20, 1958, 50 inches of snow fell on Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Yes, you read that right, 50 inches of snow.

The snowfall was part of a nor’easter that struck the Mid-Atlantic from March 18 through March 21 in 1958. During the storm there was a major contrast across the region in snow totals.

“It was one of the wildest storms because of the range of snowfall,” said NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Glenn Schwartz. “From two inches at the shore to 50 inches in Chester County.”

Check out the contrast in snowfall totals:

March 18-21, 1958 Snowfall Totals

  • Morgantown, Pennsylvania – 50 inches
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania – 20.3 inches
  • Wilmington, Delaware – 19 inches
  • Trenton, New Jersey – 17.8 inches
  • Reading, Pennsylvania – 16 inches
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania – 13 inches
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 11.4 inches

Were you living in the region during the record-breaking storm? If so, we’d like to hear from you. Share your most vivid memories of the storm by emailing us at PhillyWebTeam@nbcuni.com. You can also send us a message on our Facebook Page.

CLICK HERE to read some of the memories of the storm from our viewers who lived through it.
 

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<![CDATA[Spring Snow Shots]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:35:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/2b541e4bc7334a9ab147dacfb06de816.jpg

Spring may be arriving today, but you wouldn't know it by the white flakes falling from the sky. Still, a lot of people are happy to share their snow shots. Take a look at what you're posting:

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<![CDATA[View of Solar Eclipse]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:54:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009810691_1200x675_415770179522.jpg A solar eclipse took place early Friday morning and could be seen from the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic before it became a full eclipse.]]> <![CDATA[Spring Off to Snowy Start, Slushy Roads for PM Commute]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:12:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/231*120/Center+City+Snow+Umbrella+Snow+Generic.JPG

A snowy start to spring created slushy, wet roads for drivers heading out on the roads for the Friday afternoon commute. As much as 4 inches of snow already fell in parts of the tri-state region by late afternoon.

Snow began falling around 6 a.m. -- right as the AM rush hour got underway -- and intensified throughout the morning hours before turning to a slushy mix throughout the day.

Areas north and west of Philadelphia will likely to be get the most snow. Drexel Hill in Delaware County, Southampton in Bucks County and Mantua in Gloucester County already had more than three inches of accumulation by 3:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The NWS issued a Winter Storm Advisory earlier in the day.

The precipitation will continue throughout the evening. It should taper off from west to east over the late afternoon, but expect steady snow across most parts until about 7 p.m.

Temperatures will hover around the freezing mark -- even after sunset at 7:14 p.m. "After dark, even if the snow is gone, the moisture is still lingering around," said First Alert Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.

Just a slight drop in temperature, combined with that moisture, could cause some icing or even freezing rain, he said. The threat of icy spots on area roadways will last until the sun rises Saturday morning around 7 a.m. 

Officials are warning drivers to heed caution, especially on untreated roads.

By mid-afternoon, the snow already prompted dozens of schools to close early and the Philadelphia Union to postpone the team's match against FC Dallas to 4 p.m. Saturday. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie authorized early, staggered dismissals for all state offices beginning at 2 p.m.

Timeline

  • Noon to 5 p.m. -- Snow/rain mix (snow north and west/rain south and east)
  • 5 to 9 p.m. -- Freezing rain/wintry mix ends

Expected Snow Totals

3 to 6 inches
— Lehigh Valley, Poconos, upper Bucks and upper Montgomery counties

2 to 4 inches — Philly metro region, lower Bucks and lower Montgomery counties, Delaware and Chester counties, most of South Jersey

1 inch or less — Shore towns, southern Delaware

Saturday will start foggy, although milder. It will be mostly cloudy with a high temperature around 48 -- melting whatever snow remains.  The clouds stick around Sunday, which will be colder and breezy.

And even though it will officially be spring, there's another chance of snow next Tuesday for areas south of the city.



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<![CDATA[Flood & Drought Threats]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:46:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009806864_1200x675_415628355690.jpg NBC News' Mark Barger explains the national concerns of floods and droughts after extreme weather.]]> <![CDATA[Looking Back at Hurricane Sandy's Devastation]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:18:55 -0400 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[Memories From the 50-Inch Snowstorm]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:52:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/March-1958-Snow.jpg

As the anniversary approaches, several viewers are sharing their stories of a record-breaking storm that dropped 50 inches of snow on parts of the Pennsylvania region back in 1958.

Read some of the stories below:

Joe Scheider

Thinking back due to the new storm arriving here tomorrow. I was 12 years old then living in Birdsboro, Pa area at that time. I remember being in school; when it started thinking it wouldn't be much. As we now know, it was big. We were basically snow IN for almost a week. Snow removal was not quite the same back then. No electric due to down power lines, so no power to run the well pump. The next farm up has a spring that I could walk to for water. we had a gas stove so we were in luck with that. Also so made it possible for me to make some candles everyday from the wax left over from the night before. It was just a lot different back then when it came to snow.

Michele Leary Baird

In 1958 I was 11 yrs. old and lived with my family on Chetwynd Circle in Paoli. I recall two snow storms late in March that year, but I don't remember which storm came first.

One storm was about 36" and school was closed for 3 days. The neighborhood kids had a great time sledding and making snowmen & snow caves... I recall the mothers on Cobblestone Drive coming out of their homes to tell the plow truck drivers not to drop any cinders on the big hill so all the kids could go sledding.

The other big snow storm that March was not as deep, maybe 18". The snow was very light/dry and the temperature stayed extremely cold for days. The winds were also strong for days; as soon as a road was opened up it would be closed again as the snow blew and drifted. We missed a week of school for this storm. I remember playing a lot of canasta with my girlfriend. We fortunately didn't lose power during either of these snow storms.

Peg Kidon

My husband and I were in the area at the time of this storm.  He, being 13 years old, lived in North Coventry Township, Chester County, and I lived in Montgomery County in Lower Pottsgrove Township, both outside of Pottstown.  He has told me stories of how he and his neighbors shoveled their road (E. Cedarville Rd.) all the way out to Hanover St.  His family had coal, heat and a gas stove, so they had warmth and food. When it was possible to travel, many of his relatives came to stay at their house where it was warm, and there was food.

I, being 11 years old, recall living for a week with my other five family members in our teeny, tiny den where there was a fireplace which worked poorly, and smoke would back up into the room. My father would cook food for us on the back porch on a Sterno burner.  The only time we would leave the room was to sleep at night under my daddy's heavy army blankets in our freezing upstairs bedrooms.

Bill Barlow

I lived in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and I remember that it was a heavy, wet snow. Downingtown lost power for several days. Emergency shelters were set up in the Downingtown Methodist Church and the Alert fire company. One of the problems that occurred in the community is that several residents tried to cook on charcoal grills inside their homes.

The word got out and the local Boy Scout Troops banded together and went door to door to tell residents that they were not allowed by order of the borough council. I remember my father trying to make a pot of coffee using a propane torch to heat the pot. Back in the 1950's there were no automatic coffee makers.  I also believe school was closed for a week.

What I disliked the most was having to go to bed at 7:30 because with no power the whole house was dark and cold. We survived by throwing extra blankets on the bed. Downingtown is 30 miles west of Philadelphia and if I'm correct, Philadelphia got very little snow. 

Kent Foster

I lived on Richard Road right off Valley Forge Park. We had no electricity for five days. My father tried to heat one room using charcoal and almost got us all sick. My brother got the worst of it. I remember when Channel 10 had a western town behind their building where the parking lot is now. Does anyone remember that? We were the first of the new homes on Richard Road. We needed a bulldozer to push the snow from our driveway which also tore up the driveway.

Clayton Owen

As I recall as I was 8 years-old and living in the suburbs of Malvern at the time. My father had a helicopter drop off a generator and some supplies off at our farm as we had been out of electricity for a number of days as he was the Commander of 111th Pa. Air National Guard stationed at the Philadelphia Airport. I believe that helicopter pictured was from his Air Guard.

Donnie Solinger

It seems to me we had two March snowstorms back to back in 1958 that were 19 inches each here in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Hildegard Lindstrom

I was living in Berwyn on a big estate in a house dating back to the late 1700's. I was in the 7th grade at Tredyffrin/Easttown Junior High School. We were fortunate enough to have bottled gas for our stove. We buried the food that needed to be refrigerated in the deep snow, melted snow for washing dishes or hands and tapped the hot water heater for drinking water. We were fortunate enough to have several large fireplaces in the house and plenty of wood so we kept warm. We were without power for almost a week as I recall and I know we were much luckier than some that lived in the newer homes.

Share your story with NBC10, email us at phillywebteam@nbcuni.com.

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<![CDATA[Winter's Last Blast: Cold Temps, Then Snow]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:01:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snow-generic.jpg

Winter is holding on through the final official day of the season, bringing a blast of cold air after a mild St. Patrick's day and snow to kick off spring.

The cold returned Wednesday following two days of temperatures in the 60s, with the day’s high only reaching the mid-40s.  

Wind gusts were expected to reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, making it even chillier.

The winds will die down Thursday, but temperatures will remain in the 40s as clouds move into the region and bring with it a high chance of snow.

Friday marks the beginning of spring, but it won’t seem much like winter is over, as many people’s morning commute will be slowed by snow.

The white stuff will start falling around 6 a.m. in areas north and west (north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and west of the Blue Route), said NBC10 First Alert chief meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz.

It’ll move across the area during the morning rush, making things slippery for drivers on untreated roads.

Timeline:

  • 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. - Snow starts falling north and west of Philly and will move SW to NE
  • 9 a.m. - noon - Snow (rain mix south and east)
  • Noon - 5 p.m. - Snow/rain mix (snow north and west/rain south and east)
  • 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Mix ends

How strong the March sun is Friday will determine if snow will continue through the afternoon commute or if it will turn to a wintry mix or all rain, said Glenn. And if the snowfall is gentle, it’s not likely to stick.

If the snowfall is heavy and fast, areas north and west could see 3" to 6". The I-95 corridor will anywhere from 1" to 3" and a trace to an inch down the shore.

All precipitation is expected to end Friday evening.

The weekend will be dry with highs in the low 50s Saturday and upper 40s Sunday. There's another chance of snow next Tuesday for areas south of the city.



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<![CDATA[Don't Put Those Snow Shovels Away Just Yet!]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:03:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snow+shovels.jpg

It's true, we've sprung forward and temperatures are rising, but does that mean that winter is over? Maybe not.

There could be more snow ahead, according to data pulled from winter's past.

"Of the 25 largest metropolitan areas that record measurable snow in at least 50 percent of their winters, 16 are still due for one more snowfall," said Harry Enten of FiveThirtyEight.com who collected data from the past 50 winters in those cities.

According to Enten's research, in more than 50 percent of winters, Philadelphia is one of three northeast cities that had their last snowfall of the season AFTER March 9.

So don't put away that shovel and salt just yet.

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<![CDATA[Bill Gives Vai Running Tips for Windy Days]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:58:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009779368_1200x675_414175811517.jpg Run with the wind today if you're heading out for some exercise.]]> <![CDATA[Icing Possible Monday Morning]]> Mon, 09 Mar 2015 07:03:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*160/9edbb77a845e11e294d322000a1f8c097.jpg

Icing on cold roads and sidewalks is possible Monday morning as a small storm system pushes through the area.

The NBC10 First Alert Weather Team issued a First Alert lasting until 9 a.m. because of the expected precipitation.

The light freezing rain in the Philadelphia suburbs and parts of South Jersey where surfaces and temperatures have stayed below the freezing mark.

"If the ground look wet, it's possible that it's icy," said Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz. "Especially bridges and overpasses."

Once the sun comes up, however, the icing threat will disappear as temperatures climb into the 50s.

Get the latest weather conditions and track the storm no matter where you are using the NBC10 First Alert Weather App. Download it for free now.



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<![CDATA[Freezing Rain to Hit Parts of Area Overnight]]> Mon, 09 Mar 2015 00:55:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/night-rain-generic-120314.jpg

A Winter Weather advisory will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday in the Lehigh Valley, North and West suburbs and the Poconos. During that time, light freezing rain is expected to develop in those areas, according to the National Weather Service.

The freezing rain could also linger into the morning commute.

A light glaze of ice will develop on untreated surfaces, secondary roads, bridges, overpasses and sidewalks leading to slippery road conditions.

There is also a chance of patchy freezing rain for the Philadelphia area overnight into Monday morning as well.

After the overnight freezing rain, temperatures will rise into the 50's Monday.

Stay with NBC10.com for the latest weather updates.

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<![CDATA[Danger from Above Shuts Down Philly Sidewalks]]> Sat, 07 Mar 2015 01:07:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009685144_1200x675_409636419860.jpg Icicles on top of buildings bring fear to those who walk in Center City Philadelphia.]]> <![CDATA[Sounds of a Snow Day]]> Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:52:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sounds+of+a+Snow+Day.jpg Life begins to stir once again after a snowstorm and NBC10 photojournalist Matt Maiorano captures it all.

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<![CDATA[Bad Weather Brings Beach Dreams]]> Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:36:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/d1d1803ff0fe4a73be97c07dab808f6c.jpg Ted Greenberg explains how people are preparing for the summer.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Christie Plans to Cut Winter Operation Budget]]> Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:24:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009684287_1200x675_409542723859.jpg Cydney Long explains why Governor Chris Christie plans on cutting the Winter Operations Budget in 2016.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: "Sled-In" Brings Snowy Fun to Capitol Hill Despite Ban ]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:33:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20150304+Sledding.jpg

After a high-stakes game of chicken (which, incidentally, is also known as -- ahem -- "snowdrift"), D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton confirmed that U.S. Capitol Police are not enforcing the ban on sledding on Capitol Hill Thursday.

The announcement came after protesters held a "sled-in" on Capitol Hill on Thursday afternoon, despite a warning from Capitol Police that sledding is forbidden there.

"No enforcement of #sledding ban on Capitol Hill today. Thank you Capitol Police!" Holmes Norton posted on Twitter.

Photos show a few dozen children and parents gathered on Capitol Hill, taking advantage of several inches of snow that blanketed the D.C. area Thursday. 

Details about about the impromptu event showed up earlier Thursday on a Change.org petition, local blog POPville.com reported. "If you are up for a little civil disobedience, meet at the west front of the Capitol lawn" at 1 p.m., the Change.org page said in advance of the event. "Come armed with sleds!"

The "sled-in" came after D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton asked for a one-time waiver of the ban. In response to her request, the Capitol Police Board issued a statement late Wednesday stating that, "for security reasons, the Capitol grounds are not your typical neighborhood hill or playground."

The statement also said it was the job of Capitol Police to protect the Capitol grounds from being damaged. And, the statement added, sledding can be dangerous.

"According to recent media reports, at least 20,000 sledding injuries occur in the U.S. each year," the statement from Frank Larkin, chairman of the Capitol Police Board, read.

Holmes Norton had argued that Thursday's snowstorm would offer a perfect opportunity for local kids to get outside and enjoy the snow.

"This could be the last snowstorm the D.C. area gets this winter, and may be one of the best for sledding in years," Holmes Norton wrote in her request. "Children and their parents should able to enjoy sledding on one of the best hills in the city.

"Have a heart, Mr. Larkin," Holmes Norton wrote, "a kid's heart, that is."

In the wake of the denial, Holmes Norton took to Twitter, cautioning people not to blame Congress.

"Don't blame Congress for the ban on Capitol Hill #sledding," she tweeted. "The Capitol Police Board owns its regulations and can waive them."

Playing on Capitol Hill in the snow is a goal of many kids in the District. During a late February snow, News4's Tom Sherwood received tweets from a skier who managed to hang on the Hill long enough to capture a video. That same skier later tweeted Tom that a "sad boy" had just been turned away from the tempting snow.



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<![CDATA[Snow Leaves Slick Roads, Record Cold]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:25:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Manayunk+Snowy+Street+Ice+Covered+Snow+Generic.JPG

Many area schools remained closed Friday morning as the region dug out in record-cold temperatures after nearly a foot of snow fell.

More than 10 inches fell in parts of Delaware, Chester, Lehigh and Montgomery counties; and nearly 9 inches fell in Philadelphia Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

All Philadelphia School District schools and Philadelphia Archdiocese schools were closed again Friday along with hundreds of other schools and districts.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority continued to suspend service on a handful of bus routes because roads weren't considered safe in some areas Friday.

The snowfall is gone but the new issue is bitter cold temperatures that caused refreezing on roads overnight as temperatures dropped to single digits in parts of the area — breaking records Friday morning.

Records were broken in Wilmington (8 degrees), Atalantic City (8), Allentown (3) and Reading (6).

We'll stay dry Friday with sunshine and highs in the mid-20s. Then we're finally in for a warm-up over the weekend with highs in the mid-40s Sunday and mid-50s by the middle and end of next week.

Snowstorm Photos & Video

Take a look at some of the great shots you're posting from across the region:



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<![CDATA[Snowy Side Streets Greet Drivers After Storm]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:44:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009677394_1200x675_409180227824.jpg As you head out the door Friday be sure to take extra time driving to work or school because most side streets and even some highways are still partially snow covered and icy because of Thursday's storm.]]> <![CDATA[DelDOT Battling Dangerous Road Conditions]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:21:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/furlong+dangerous+driving+conditions+snow.jpg Delaware officials are reporting more than 20 traffic accidents, and are advising drivers to reduce their speeds.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: SEPTA Bus Spins Out]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:14:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/SEPTA+Bus+Stuck+Snow.JPG

Snowy roads won the battle before a SEPTA bus, flatbed truck and passenger car won the war along an especially slippery Delaware County road Thursday morning.

As snow fell on Newtown Road in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, the SEPTA bus could be seen spinning its tires for quite some time before it finally was able to get moving. The truck took a while to get moving as well and it took a local police officer’s push to get the car off the snowy road.

Many area schools and public offices closed Thursday as inches of snow fell on the region.



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<![CDATA[Your Photos & Videos: March Snowstorm]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:02:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Snowy+Schuylkill+River+Beach+Grig+Papadourakis.jpg

We're getting a look at the snowy conditions all across the region through photos and videos you're sharing on social media and with NBC10.

Check out the galleries above and below. And share your shots with us through the NBC10 App or by tagging @NBCPhiladelphia on Twitter or Instagram.

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<![CDATA[Slippery Roads in Philadelphia]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:36:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/slippery+roads+nw+philadelphia+march+5.jpg Slick conditions have hampered SEPTA buses throughout the morning.

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<![CDATA[Winter Storm Creating 'Stickage']]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:43:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Snowy+Street+Snow+Tracks+Generic+Snow+Generic+Road+Snowy+Road+Generic.jpg The changing conditions mixed with the winter front entering our area created messy, dangerous road conditions. Drivers may experience 'stickage' as a result of all of the weather elements.

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<![CDATA[Cars Sitting Along Snow Emergency Routes as Snow Falls]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:12:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009664536_1200x675_408635971544.jpg A snow emergency for the city of Philadelphia went into affect at 6 a.m. Thursday. NBC10's Monique Braxton is in the Mayfair section of the city with information for drivers who need to move their cars before parking violation are assessed.]]> <![CDATA[Philly Schools Close Ahead of Storm]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:18:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009663949_1200x675_408613955957.jpg All Philadelphia public schools and the archdiocese schools in the city are closed Thursday ahead of a winter storm projected to bring nearly half a foot of snow to the region.]]> <![CDATA[Cars Remain as Philly Snow Emergency Looms]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:13:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Philadelphia+Snow+Emergency+Route.JPG With the impending winter storm set to bring several inches of snow to our area, the city of Philadelphia issued a snow emergency. NBC10's Monique Braxton is on Cottman Avenue in the Mayfair section of the city with details on what this means for cars parked along snow emergency routes.

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<![CDATA[Storm Leaves Close to a Foot of Snow]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:12:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic+pennsylvania+plow+train+plow+truck.jpg

All Philadelphia School District schools and Philadelphia Archdiocese schools will be closed Friday as the region continues to dig themselves out of the biggest snowstorm of the season.

Both the Archdiocese and the Philadelphia School District made the announcement Thursday night. Philadelphia School District Administrative Offices will be open two hours late Friday.

More than 10 inches fell in parts of Delaware, Chester, Lehigh and Montgomery Counties, according to the National Weather Service.

Philadelphia, which saw 9 inches of snow across most of the city, lifted its snow emergency at midnight.

Now that the snow is gone, the new issue is bitter cold temperatures which is causing re-freezing on roads. Temperatures dropped to single digits in parts of the area and we're in for near record cold Friday morning.

Snow plowed roads will turn into icy sheets if they aren't treated by the morning rush.

We'll stay dry Friday with sunshine and highs in the mid-20's. Then we're finally in for a warmup over the weekend with highs in the mid-40's Sunday and mid-50's by the middle and end of next week.

Storm's Intensity

The storm reached its peak intensity around 9 a.m. Thursday. Snow was falling at a rate between 1 and 2 inches an hour in Philadelphia. Some neighborhoods already reported 3 inches of snow on the ground by midmorning.

Pennsylvania State Police reported near whiteout conditions along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in West Charlestown Township.

Two tractor-trailers jackknifed along the highway — one crashing into the trees off the road — near mile marker 318, state police said. No one was hurt.

New Jersey State Police said there were more than 130 vehicle crashes in the South and Central Regions and along the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

In Philadelphia, SEPTA suspended five bus routes after 35 buses became stuck in the snow including one in the Cedarbrook neighborhood where riders had to be moved to an auxiliary bus to continue their journey. SEPTA also suspended service on the Wilmington-Newark, Chestnut Hill West and Cynwyd regional rail lines due to power problems.

Closures and Delays

Snow emergencies went into effect in the State of New Jersey and a number of municipalities across the region Thursday including Philadelphia. City officials eventually shut down nonessential  operations at 1 p.m.

New Jersey authorized a delayed opening of 11 a.m. for all nonessential state employees Thursday. Essential employees should still report to work on their normal schedule. All state offices were closed in Delaware.

More than 900 schools and districts, including all Philadelphia public and parochial schools, closed for the day.

In Philadelphia, parking on snow emergency routes was banned, trash collections canceled and city courts closed.

On the roads, officials announced 35 mph speed restrictions on all Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) bridges. SEPTA expected regular service but warned there could be delays or detours on some bus routes.

Among community closings, the Philadelphia Zoo will leave its gates locked to visitors because of the storm.

Snowstorm Photos & Video

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<![CDATA['Goddess' Ice Sculpture Is Melting]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:04:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*160/1101760410546126078874121171149843n.jpg The "Goddess" ice sculptured carved by a Philadelphia artist in Fairmount Park is melting.

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<![CDATA[Go Away Winter, Ready for Spring]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:41:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009655068_1200x675_407951939791.jpg NBC10's Katy Zachry talks to some people who are fed up with the winter weather and ready for spring.]]> <![CDATA[Rain Changing Over to Snow ]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:56:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philadelphia-Snow-New-Lead.jpg

A snow emergency has been declared for Philadelphia as the final part of a three-part storm moves into the area. As rain continues to change to snow throughout the region, many people could wake up to see the most significant snow of the season.

"Things are going to change pretty rapidly while a lot of you are asleep... rain changing to snow," said NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.

Possibly more than half a foot of snow could fall on a large part of the region.

The NBC10 Weather Team issued a First Alert and the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of the region until 7 p.m. Thursday.

Rain is already starting to turn into snow in the Poconos, Lehigh Valley, Upper Montgomery and Upper Bucks counties. That changeover will be widespread overnight as colder air moves in. The snow will become widespread during the Thursday morning rush as temps drop.

The longest period of snowfall is expected for Philadelphia, the immediate suburbs, South Jersey and northern Delaware.

Estimated Changeover Timeline

  • 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. — Rain changes over to snow in Poconos, Lehigh Valley, North and West Suburbs
  • 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. — Changeover to snow in Philadelphia, northern Delaware & South Jersey
  • 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.— Changeover to snow in southern Delaware & extreme South Jersey

Expect plenty of snow during the Thursday morning rush and lasting through the morning and afternoon(outside of points to the north). The snow is expected to clear out around 5 p.m. and should be gone before the PM rush.

Estimated Thursday Snow Totals

  • Lehigh Valley/Poconos — 2 to 4 inches
  • Philadelphia/I-95 Corridor/northern Delaware/central New Jersey — 4 to 7 inches or more
  • Central Delaware/South Jersey — 6 to 9 inches
  • Extreme South Jersey/southern Delaware — 4 to 7 inches
  • Coastal Delaware — 3 to 5 inches

Some weather service models call for far less snow while others call for one foot of snow or more in Philadelphia and nearby areas caught in the bull's eye of the storm.

Mayor Michael Nutter announced a snow emergency will be declared for Philadelphia starting at 6 a.m. Thursday. All parked cars must be moved off snow emergency routes for plowing. Drivers are advised to park as far from the corner of the street as possible when relocating their cars.

More snow emergency information and a map of snow emergency routes can be found HERE.

The city's Streets Department also announced all Thursday trash collections are canceled.

Officials also announced speeds on all Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) bridges are reduced to 35 mph due to weather conditions.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency across the entire Garden State in anticipation of the snow. Some local municipalities, including Abington Township, also declared snow emergencies and the Philadelphia Zoo will be closed Thursday.

The State of New Jersey also authorized a delayed opening of 11 a.m. for all non-essential state employees Thursday. Essential employees should still report to work on their normal schedule.

The snow should move out by Thursday night then we're in for a dry and cold Friday with temperatures in the mid- to upper-20s. Things will warm up again over the weekend with highs in the 40s. We'll also spring forward Sunday at 2 a.m. for Daylight Saving Time.

The timeline and snow total estimates for Thursday’s snow are subject to change so stay with NBC10 for the latest updates.



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<![CDATA[Wintry Mix Creates Mess on Roads]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:05:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/st+pattys+snow+am+commute.jpg

The first part of a three-part storm system caused a mess on roads Tuesday night as snow, freezing rain and sleet created slippery conditions throughout the region.

The storm moved in Tuesday afternoon bringing light snow to areas north and west.

As temps slowly rose the precipitation turned to sleet and freezing rain which coated the roads and created a dangerous situation for drivers.

Several cars lost control on I-95 heading north near Academy Road. One car spun out and faced the wrong direction but did a 180 in time to avoid an accident.

As the temperatures rose late Tuesday, the wintry mix began to change to rain. The rain will continue overnight into Wednesday.

Wednesday promises warmer, but wetter weather. You should expect to wake up to rain in the morning that will continue throughout the day. The highs are predicted to reach up to 47 degrees.

After the warm-up however, more snow with the potential for significant accumulation, is set to move in late Wednesday night.

"We'll start to see an area of snow developing then spreading through the area overnight into early Thursday," said NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Sheena Parveen.

Once the snow moves out, expect cold temps to linger into Friday, said the Weather Service.

Stay with NBC10.com for more updates on this week's winter weather.

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<![CDATA[Icy Commute Follows Freezing Rain]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:39:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009633842_1200x675_406382147782.jpg NBC10's Matt Delucia is in Manayunk, where a coat of ice is covering cars and slicking sidewalks. ]]> <![CDATA[Snow Totals Where You Live]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:45:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kennet+Square+Snow+Ruler+Snow+Total+Snow+Generic.jpg

Snow totals are coming in to the National Weather Service after a mix of snow and ice fell on the Philadelphia region and beyond Sunday into Monday.

These are just snow totals. A third of an inch of ice or more fell on top of the snow in some areas.

Here they are, in alphabetical order by county for each state:

Pennsylvania

Berks County
Hamburg 4.0
Huffs Church 3.4
Reading 2.5
Bucks County
Perkasie 3.0
Sellersville 3.0
Springtown 3.2
Carbon County
Lake Harmony 4.0
Chester County
Chester Springs 1.3
East Nantmeal Township 2.5
Glenmoore 1.3
Warwick 2.3
Delaware County
Chadds Ford 0.7
Garnet Valley 1.3
Lehigh County
Alburtis 3.2
W Allentown 2.3
Catasauqua 3.3
Emmaus 3.3
Lehigh Valley International Airport 3.2
Monroe County
Gilbert 3.7
Pocono Summit 2.9
Stroudsburg 2.4
Montgomery County
Ambler 1.3
Harleysville 4.0
Royersford 1.9
Spring Mount 3.8
Northampton County
Danielsville 3.3
Hellertown 3.5
Martins Creek 2.5
Philadelphia County
Center City 1.0

New Jersey

Atlantic County
Estell Manor 1.3
Margate 0.3
Burlington County
Moorestown 0.3
Mount Holly 1.4
Camden County
Somerdale 0.6
Cape May County
Cape May 0.6
Gloucester County
Franklin Township 0.5
Mercer County
Ewing Township 2.4
Princeton 2.6
Ocean County
Pine Beach 0.8
Toms River 0.5

Delaware

Kent County
Dover 0.6
Frederica 0.8
New Castle County
Pike Creek 0.4
Prices Corner 1.1
Sussex County
Bridgeville 0.5



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<![CDATA[Tips for Driving in the Snow, Ice]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:55:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/Generic+Snow+Generic+Road+Snow+Road+Generic.JPG

A winter weather advisory has been issued for areas in southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and northern Delaware, which means driving conditions will most likely be messy.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain will fall in the area through 4 a.m. Monday, said NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Michelle Grossman.

As temperatures continue to plummet, ice will accumulate in addition to the snow that falls beforehand.

Cold and wet conditions will cause dangerous driving conditions for Sunday as well as Monday's morning commute, said NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Michelle Grossman.

As snow and ice impact the region, experts from AAA are offering motorists safe-driving tips during their commute. 

Tips for driving in the snow and ice:

  •  Let the road crews do their job - stay six car lengths behind plow crews and salt trucks
  • Clean your car completely before you head out
  •  Slow down - Drivers are more likely to lose control of the vehicle when roads are snowy, icy or wet
  •  Increase following distance - This will allow time for a controlled stop.
  •  Know when to brake and when to steer - When traveling over 25 MPH, AAA recommends steering rather than braking to avoid a collision in wintry conditions, as less distance is required to steer around an object than to brake to a stop. In slick conditions, sudden braking can lead to loss of vehicle control.
  •  Do not use cruise control and avoid tailgating - Normal following distances of three to four seconds for dry pavement should be increased to eight to 10 seconds when driving on icy, slippery surfaces.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • All-wheel drive helps in the snow, but it won’t help in the ice. Beware of icing later tonight.

What to do in a front wheel skid:

  • Continue to look where you want to go.
  • Steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.
  •  Avoid slamming on the brakes. Although hitting the brakes is a typical response, slamming the brakes will only further upset the vehicle’s balance and make it harder to regain control.
  • Wait for the front wheels to grip the road again. As soon as traction returns, the vehicle will start to steer again.
  • When the front wheels have regained their grip, steer the wheels gently in the desired direction of travel.

Check out NBC10 Severe Weather Central for all the latest weather updates.



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<![CDATA[Ice Storm Hits Region, Expect Slushy AM Rush Hour]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:29:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Plows4.JPG

A blast of winter weather kicked off March. Snow turned to sleet before changing over to freezing rain in the evening, creating icy and dangerous road conditions for most of Sunday.

Snow fell across southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware Sunday morning, dusting the streets before turning into a wintry mix for most of the day.

Freezing rain started to fall late Sunday afternoon and continued through most of the evening.

"This will add quite a bit more ice to sidewalks, driveways, cars, untreated surfaces, trees and power lines," said NBC10 First Alert Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz."Some computer models are predicting enough ice to cause power outages, expecially as the wind increases in the morning."

“The worst time for driving will be this evening until about midnight when the change from freezing rain to rain takes place,” Hurricane said.

The conditions led to delayed openings for many schools Monday. Officials with the Southampton Township Municipal Office, located in Burlington County, also announced a 10 a.m. start Monday due to weather conditions.

A Winter Storm Warning went into effect at 10 a.m. and will continue through 4 a.m. Monday along the I-95 corridor which includes Philadelphia, Trenton and Wilmington, Delaware.

While the snow stopped falling in Philadelphia by dinnertime, parts of the Lehigh Valley continued to see the white stuff through the evening.

Temperatures, which will continue to fall throughout the evening, will start to creep up overnight, but they won't climb high enough to melt the ice covering streets and sidewalks. Sunrise is at 6:33 a.m. Monday, meaning significant melting won't occur until after 8 a.m.

Ice-covered sidewalks and roads will create treacherous travel conditions during the Monday morning rush hour. Monday will be dry and sunny, but winds will increase making highs in the low 40s feel colder. Gusts will reach speeds in the teens. Temps will fall to a low around 20 Monday night. 

Another storm is set to move in Tuesday with a chance of precipitation before 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. We are likely to see sleet after 5 p.m.  Little accumulation is expected and  highs will reach the mid-30s.

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<![CDATA[Thick Ice Causing Problems on Waterways]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:14:17 -0400 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 10:04:03 -0400 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 16:59:28 -0400 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.

 

SNOW TOTALS

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.

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<![CDATA[Cold Likely Killed 80-Year-Old in Philly]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:42:12 -0400 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. ]]>