<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Weather News and Coverage]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usTue, 21 Feb 2017 20:48:31 -0500Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:48:31 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Today's Forecast]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:10:18 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NBc10+Weather+First+Alert+Weather+Team+Glenn+Schwartz+Krystal+Klei+Erika+Martin+Bill+Henleey.jpg

Despite a lot of cloud cover, temperatures will climb again starting Wednesday. Temperatures may reach around 70 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Those numbers are about 25 degrees above normal for this time of year. Lows at night will only be in the 50s Friday and Saturday mornings.

As for the much needed rain, there is a slight chance of PM showers Thursday, but the best chance is Saturday afternoon. Some gusty thunderstorms are likely as a strong cold front moves through. Strong west winds will bring in seasonably cold air for Sunday, but then we warm back up during next week.

Wed: Mostly cloudy and warmer. High 63

Thu: Mostly cloudy and unseasonably warm. High 70

Fri: Partly sunny, unseasonably warm. High 71

Sat: Warm & windy with showers and thunderstorms. High 70

Sun: Mostly sunny, windy, and much colder. High 48

Mon: Mostly sunny. High 51

Tue: Mostly cloudy with showers likely. High 56

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@HURRICANENBC10]]> <![CDATA[First Alert Weather Blog: Will March Be as Warm as February?]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:42:39 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Warm-February-Weather-Blog-5.jpg

After a “cooldown” Monday (still WAAAAY above normal), Philadelphia temperatures are running 6.5 degrees above normal for February. With another unseasonably warm week ahead, it looks like we'll end the month as either the warmest or 2nd warmest February on record (going back to 1884).

Here is the “meteorological winter season” stats (as of the 20th):
December 2016     1.3 degrees above normal
January 2017          5.5 degrees above normal
February 2017        6.5 degrees above normal (may end up around +9)

That would make it one of the warmest winters on record.

You would think that record warmth along the U.S. East Coast would be a fairly localized thing-it can’t be unseasonably warm all over, can it? Historically, that has been the case. Warm in the East, Cold in the West, and near normal in the middle of the country-that would be a typical winter pattern.

But take a look at U.S. temperatures so far this February (compared to normal):

That is virtually the ENTIRE continental U.S. above normal. And we’re closer to normal than practically any other area! All-time February records are about to be set across numerous states.

How about January 2017? It doesn’t look a whole lot different:

Look at how warm Southern Canada was compared to normal. That means that even when air was coming from Canada into the U.S. it wasn’t as cold as in “normal” years.

Considering that February will be our 22nd month of above normal temperatures in the past 23, we should probably expect another mild month-or two-or three ahead. Allentown has had 23 straight months of above normal temperatures! When we say “normal”, we’re talking about the traditional last 30 year period, 1981-2010. Remember, those decades were the warmest already! If we used the period 1971-2000, for example, there would be even more yellow and reddish colors on the above maps.

We’re breaking records that, in many cases, weren’t set that long ago. This is because the clear warming trend since the 1970s has continued. If anything, it’s been accelerating. Here are some temperature records set in just this decade in Philadelphia:
            *2nd warmest year on record (2016)
            *Warmest December on record (2015-by far!)
            *Warmest November on record (2015)
            *Warmest year on record (2012)
            *Warmest spring on record (2012)
            *Warmest July (2011)
            *Warmest summer (2010)
            *Warmest June (2010)
            *Most 90 degree days (2010)


As we’ve seen, odds favor a warmer than normal month. But how warm? Are there any signs of a significant pattern change? Not really. Here are the maps of temperatures around 5000 feet compared to normal from the main U.S. model (GFS) for March 1 and March 8. That level in the atmosphere gives us a general idea of the basic low-level temperatures:

You see plenty of cold air in Canada and the western half of the U.S (blue and purple). But it doesn’t seem to move our way. We may see a bit of that colder pattern by the middle of the month, but here is a climate model’s overall prediction for March 2017:

And it’s not as if the U.S. is alone in having unseasonable warmth. Take a looks at Europe this week! That’s a lot of red (WAAAY above normal)!

Yes, we’ve had some cold months and even cold winters in the past decade. We’ve also had our snowiest and second snowiest winters. But the real cold we’ve seen in the past seems to be a thing of the past-so far. For example, the last time we got below zero in Philadelphia was so long ago it happened before even I started working here: 1994!

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<![CDATA[Not So Polar 'Polar Plunge' at the Jersey Shore]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:40:44 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019432186_1200x675_880059971648.jpg

Folks in Sea Isle are celebrating ahead of the annual "Polar Plunge" which, with the temperatures rising to the 50s and 60s, won't be very cold. NBC10's Keith Jones talks to excited plungers.

<![CDATA[Preparing for the Spring-Like Holiday Weekend]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:46:09 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WEB+TIM+4P+-+16021816_22604427.jpg

Temperatures are expected to be in the 60s for the long weekend, and people in the area are getting ready. NBC10 Delaware Bureau Reporter Tim Furlong shows us what you can look forward to this President's Day weekend around the region. 

<![CDATA[Historic California Floods in Photos]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:32:49 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/190*120/BM_Oroville_Flood_2438-2_Color_12_23_1964.jpg From the Great Flood of 1862 to this winter's soaking rains in Northern California, take a look back at some of the state's major floods.

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<![CDATA[Spring Temperatures to Hit Our Region]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:27:14 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019274425_1200x675_873004611515.jpg


Halfway through February, temperatures in Philadelphia have been running more than FIVE degrees above normal-that’s a lot. But by the end of next week, it will be closer to EIGHT degrees above normal. Depending on how much we cool down after February 24th, we should end up the month as one of the warmest Februaries ever recorded.

How widespread is the warmth? Widespread doesn’t even adequately describe it. The map below shows temperatures compared to normal this Sunday afternoon: [[414033333, C,512,395]]

In case you think that’s a large area of abnormally warm weather, take a look at a wider map. This one does from near the North Pole down to Central America. The area of at least 5 degrees Celsius above normal (9 degrees Fahrenheit) goes from Greenland through the entire U.S. east of the Rockies, way out into the Atlantic, and down to Central America.[[414033403, C]]

Needless to say, it’s going to get unseasonably warm around here, and it’s going to stay that way for a while. But maybe not all the way through the month.

Here’s the same map (from the same computer model) for Monday, February 27th:[[414033463, C]]

The blue areas show below normal temperatures, and they now cover most of the country. And the purplish areas are way below normal. It’s amazing how quickly weather patterns can change.

So, expect an unseasonably warm week ahead, but don’t expect winter to be over. At least winter temperatures, that is.


It may be a bit of a surprise, but in Philadelphia, we haven’t had a single day with more than ONE inch of rain since about Thanksgiving! The lack of rain is combined with a lack of snow on the ground (that can keep the ground moist), and higher temperatures (which cause more evaporation), which keeps us getting drier and drier. And now, all of our Pennsylvania counties and small parts of New Jersey and Delaware are considered to be in a moderate drought.[[414033503, C,500,500]]

As you can see, much of New England is in worse shape (for now-they have a LOT of snow to melt).

For more specifics, county-by-county, here are the precipitation “departures” compared to normal for the past two months:[[414033533, C,640,762]]

So, Philadelphia is more than two inches below normal, with many of our other counties close to that. There’s no snow to melt to add to ground moisture, so we either need a good bit of snow and/or rain to prevent the drought from become more serious.

And there sure isn’t going to much rain (if any) for the next week. Here is the total precipitation expected through next Friday-practically nothing.[[414033573, C,512,395]]

But some of that heavy rain in and near the Gulf of Mexico may affect our area starting next weekend. And isn’t that about the time that the cold air will be returning?

The bottom line: even though the next week will surely remind you of spring, it’s not likely to last much longer than that.

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<![CDATA[Focus on Dam Safety in New Jersey]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:24:47 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000015079047_1200x675_878157379680.jpg

The potential for disaster at a California dam has many here in the east concerned about our deteriorating infrastructure. Particulary at the more than 1,500 dams in New Jersey. Brian Thompson reports.

<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather Blog: Big Warmup for the Weekend ]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:40:23 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Weekend-Warmup-Lead-Photo.jpg

So far, so good. It’s been a fairly mild February, with only a handful of snowy or rainy days.

Of the first 15 days of February, all but four have hit above average high temperatures in Philadelphia. In fact, more days have hit the 50s or 60s—five days! That’s one third of our month in Philadelphia, so far.

Temperatures have even broken records for warmth. Just last week, February 8, Philadelphia set a new record high. The airport hit 66 degrees in the afternoon. Other towns like Atlantic City, Wilmington, and Allentown all broke records as well. This weekend, near record warmth hits the region again.

Thursday is set to see cooler temperatures than Wednesday brought. Wednesday topped out in the low 50s across portions of Philadelphia. But a cold front passage in the evening ushered in cooler air and gusty conditions.
Thursday will see gusts up to 40 mph across the Tri-state area. The winds will make the low-40 highs feel more like the low 30s, and that’s in the afternoon! Thursday morning, temperatures will feel like the upper teens and low 20s in the counties surrounding Philly.

Take a look at the temperature anomaly forecast map from one computer model for Thursday afternoon. The blues indicate colder than average temperatures, the reds show off warmer than average temperatures.

Courtesy: Tropicaltidbits.com

The area won’t be much lower than average, but it will feel a lot cooler. The average high this time of year in Philadelphia is 44 degrees.

The cooler temperatures won’t last long. Here’s the temperature anomaly forecast map for Friday afternoon, and below that, the map by Sunday afternoon (18z is 1 p.m. our time).

Temperatures will climb to the mid 40s Friday (with lighter winds, so no issue with the “wind chill factor”). By Saturday, Philadelphia is forecast to hit 60 and by Sunday? The NBC10 First Alert weather team is expecting a high of 65 in Philly!  The record for warmth on Sunday is 68 degrees, so not quite record-breaking, but close!

On top of that, it will be dry. Mostly sunny conditions are in the forecast across the region for both days.

Why the BIG jump in temperatures? It is, in fact, still February. Well, you can thank our friend “high pressure.” It’s often referred to as a dome by meteorologists—an area where active weather (like rain or snow) stays out, and temperatures can climb.

Even next Monday is looking warm, sticking to the upper 50s and low 60s around the I-95 corridor!

More on the next chance of rain (hint: it’s a while away) coming up later this week!

Get the latest weather forecast and weather alerts HERE.

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<![CDATA['Firefall' Returns to Light Up Yosemite National Park]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:29:12 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/0214-2017-YosFirefall.jpg

The annual winter phenomenon known as the firefall is now back at Yosemite National Park.

The firefall, which happens each February for about 10 days at the park's Horsetail Fall, is a waterfall that appears like golden lava.

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"It is like watching something out of an Indiana Jones movie," said Sangeeta Dey, a photographer who trekked to Yosemite for the annual firefall. "Very surreal!"

The optical illusion is created when the setting sun hits the waterfall just right, over a few nights, making it seem to glow from within.

The firefall at Yosemite is predicted to last until Feb. 23.

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Photo Credit: Sangeeta Dey Photography
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<![CDATA[Region Deals With Windy Weather]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:46:10 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019349036_1200x675_876435523695.jpg

Strong winds caused a lot of damage on Monday night in our region. NBC10 South Jersey Bureau Reporter Cydney Long spoke to one homeowner in New Jersey who is now without a car.

<![CDATA[Powerful Winds Slam Region]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:08:36 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Heavy+Winds+Trees_22544174.jpg

Powerful winds created problems all over the region on Monday. NBC10’s Erin Coleman takes a closer look.

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<![CDATA[Wind Damage Slowing Drivers]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:37:44 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019339772_1200x675_876115011773.jpg

NBC10's Katy Zachry surveys some of the damage done by gusty winds Monday.

<![CDATA[Strong Winds Impacting Flights at Philly Airport]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:38:24 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019338573_1200x675_876046403864.jpg

Some wild winds Monday morning caused power outages and wind damage in Chester and Montgomery counties. NBC10’s Katy Zachry is live at the Philadelphia International Airport with more on how the wind also impacted some flights.

<![CDATA[Damaging Winds Strike Montco]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:12:09 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019335918_1200x675_875967043756.jpg

Damaging winds caused power outages and downed trees Monday morning, causing traffic troubles and potentially slow commutes. NBC10's Matt DeLucia is in Elkins Park, Montgomery County.

<![CDATA[High Winds Do Damage Around Philly Region]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:46:18 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/233*120/Ashbourne+and+New+Second+Street+Tree+Down+2.JPG Winds gusting to more than 50 mph caused the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team to issue a First Alert for most of the day Monday and caused some damage and power outages.

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<![CDATA[Metro-North, LIRR Face Wind-Related Suspensions, Delays]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:15:03 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/metro+north+derail+credit+john+ehrlich.jpg

Derailments and delays continued to plague the Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road into the evening rush hour on Monday, as high winds downed trees, knocked out power and broke crossing gates throughout the region. 

Metro-North said Harlem Line Service was suspended until further notice between North White Plains and Mount Kisco due to downed trees and a single rail car that derailed after hitting a tree near Hawthorne. Service has resumed from Grand Central to Wassaic, but only one of two tracks is back in service in the area of North White PLains and Pleasantville while crews make repairs. 

The tree appears to have fallen on the tracks just north of Hawthorne station, off of Commerce Street. An oncoming southbound train hit the tree and shattered it into pieces, derailing the back wheels of the front car.

There were no injuries among the 200 or so passengers on the train; they were transferred to a relief train to Grand Central. A crane will be used to lift the front car so service can be restored. 

One woman on the Metro-North said she was in the bathroom when the train hit the tree; she said she heard a loud screeching noise and was thrown into the wall.

"There was some screeching, a lot of rumbling," said Ingriss Chambers. "I had to hold onto something because I got thrown into the wall. It was pretty scary." 

The New Haven and Danbury branches were also delayed into the evening due to downed trees. Customers should check the MTA Metro-North website Tuesday morning for the latest status on the commute. 

Meanwhile, the Long Island Rail Road dealt with wind-related power outages, fallen utility poles and broken crossing gates during the evening rush hour, frustrating riders across the system. Delays averaged 90 minutes on the Ronkonkoma branch east of Hicksville, and service on the Babylon branch was suspended between Seaford and Amityville due to a fallen utility pole at Massapequa Park. Service was restored by late Monday night. 

The suspensions come as meteorologists warn damaging winds with gusts as high as 60 mph are possible throughout the day Monday. The strongest winds will gust from sunrise to late afternoon.

The winds hampered the NJ Transit commute for tens of thousands of riders as well Monday, causing the suspension of two lines as gusts knocked down trees and power lines. 

NJ Transit said service on the Morris & Essex line, which was suspended in both directions shortly after 6 a.m. because of a downed tree in Morris Plains, resumed around 7:30 a.m. Lingering delays were still at 20 minutes by midday.

Service on the Gladstone branch was suspended for a few hours as well because a tree fell on wires in Bernardsville. Cross-honoring was in effect.

Photo Credit: John Ehrlich]]>
<![CDATA[Frolicking in the Snow at the Philadelphia Zoo]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:42:07 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly+Zoo+Polar+Bear+in+Snow.jpg While many Philly-area residents labored over the chores of cleaning snow off their cars, shoveling walkways and sprinkling salt, some of Philadelphia's zoo animals treated the snowiest day of the season so far with glee.]]> <![CDATA[Wet, Slushy Streets in South Jersey]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:54:18 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019286030_1200x675_873519171594.jpg

NBC10's Cydney Long takes us to Marlton, New Jersey to show us how workers taking care of the snowfall.

<![CDATA[Lehigh Valley Road Crews Clear Streets]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:33:50 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019286160_1200x675_873518659918.jpg

Road Crews in Allentown, Pennsylvania had to deal with several inches of snow Thursday morning as they cleared the streets. NBC10's Pamela Osborne shows us how Allentown residents dealt with the snowfall.

<![CDATA[Center City Clearing Up Quick After Snow]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:24:17 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019286112_1200x675_873519683547.jpg

Snowfall in Center City Philadelphia turned into wet mush midday Thursday, Lauren Mayk shows us how conditions began to clear.

<![CDATA[Conditions Start Improving as Sun Shines in Montco]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:16:38 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019286784_1200x675_873548867963.jpg

Roads are clearing up in East Norriton, Montgomery County with the sun shining bright as the wind starts to pick up.

<![CDATA[Time for a Snowball Fight]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:54:25 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/199*120/Sellersville+Snowball+kids.JPG

Join NBC01's Matt DeLucia in Sellersville, Bucks County as he shows how residents -- and kids -- are dealing with the snow that has accumulated.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 to the Rescue: Reporter Fills Tire in the Snow]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:37:00 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019285350_1200x675_873488451533.jpg

NBC 10 reporter Tim Furlong jumped into action Thursday when a woman became stranded during the early morning snowstorm. He wasted no time helping her get air in her tires and sending her on her way.

<![CDATA[What's Your Favorite Snow Day Recipe?]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:21:11 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/161*120/942450ab1bf5415cb5fc273445d9ea0b.jpg

The day before a snow storm hits, it's inevitable; people flock to the store to stock up on the essentials: milk, bread, eggs, shovels and rock salt. 

Cheltenham Township decided to have some fun with the french toast ingredients and posted a special "public service announcement" for residents.

NBC10's Tracy Davidson is known for her healthy eating and recipes, as you can see on her instagram account, but did you know her favorite snow day recipe is a sweet treat?

Tracy tells us she likes to bake on snow days and her favorite treat is brownies with peanut butter cups.

NBC10 Investigative reporter George Spencer enjoys a hot bowl of turkey chili.

NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Krystal Klei is a fan of hot soup on snow days. Her favorite? Lemon Chicken Quinoa with Spinach.

NBC10's Matt DeLucia says he enjoys a nice hot chocolate. He was able to enjoy a hot cup with photographer Jon Rodriguez after a long morning out in the snow Thursday.

Leave it to NBC10 Jersey Shore reporter Ted Greenberg to take it back to the basics. His favorite snow day recipe? French Toast

What about you? What is your favorite recipe for a snow day?

Photo Credit: Brian Fili
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<![CDATA[Tips for Driving Safely in the Snow]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:26:12 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/AP_17040458099928.jpg

With a snowstorm bringing more than a foot of snow to parts of the East Coast Thursday, here's a reminder that the best thing to do is stay home. Winter storms contribute to more than 2,000 road deaths every winter and nearly a half-million crashes, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

But if you do have to drive in possibly treacherous conditions, here are some tips for remaining safe on the road from the AAA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.


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

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


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  • Clear your car: Do not try what this driver did — and if clearing the snow and ice is too difficult for you, ask for help.
  • Shovel with care: Here is some advice from the "Today" show on how to stay safe while shoveling. 

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<![CDATA[WATCH LIVE: Winter Storm Slams Northeast]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:11:54 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Snow-Flurries-Generic.jpg

The Northeast is getting slammed with a powerful, fast-moving snowstorm that's expected to create blizzard conditions and dump more than a foot of snow in some areas on Thursday. 

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<![CDATA[Lehigh Valley Snowfall]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:43:55 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019283438_1200x675_873413187852.jpg

Allentown was one of the first areas to get hit with snowfall Thursday, NBC10's Pamela Osborne discusses the update given by the Lehigh County Emergency Management coordinators.

<![CDATA[Snow Day: Philadelphia-Area Museum Closings & Delays]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:49:59 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/foto-nieve-tormenta-niko-001.jpg

Winter’s first major storm brought freezing rain, heavy snow and chilly temperatures Thursday morning. Schools and offices throughout the region closed in anticipation of inclement weather, but several local museums and other popular attractions were also impacted.

Check the list below if you’re considering spending your snow day visiting any one of the region's must-see places.


Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University -  opening at 11 a.m.

Independence Seaport Museum - closed

Moore College of Art & Design - closed

Please Touch Museum - closed

Philadelphia Premium Outlets - opening at 12 p.m.

Philadelphia Zoo - closed

The Franklin Institute - opening at 11 a.m.

New Jersey

Adventure Aquarium - opening at 12 p.m.

Camden County parks, including the Winterfest Ice Skating Rink at Cooper River Park - closed

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[6 Essential Life Hacks for Surviving Cold Winter Weather]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:06:11 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TEMPLATE_TipsWinterWeather-TITLE.gif Here are a few tips to survive a cold winter season, including: don't try to jump-start a frozen car because it could explode.

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<![CDATA[West Chester Waking Up to Snow]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:47:11 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019283138_1200x675_873381955991.jpg

NBC10's Katy Zachry is in West Chester Thursday morning tracking the accumulating snow.

<![CDATA[Grab an Onion: Simple Snow Hacks]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:38:27 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019283174_1200x675_873384003879.jpg

The "Today" show's Jeff Rossen checked in with NBC10 Philadelphia to share some of his hacks for dealing with the winter weather, including using an onion on your windshield.

<![CDATA[Snow Totals in Your Neighborhood]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:42:43 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/AP_17040480741467.jpg

Snow fell across the region Thursday morning, dropping inches of snow on many neighborhoods. Take a look at the snow totals across the area. This article will be updated with the latest totals as we get them from the National Weather Service. 


Berks County

Alburtis - 4.9 inches

Huffs church - 5.1 inches

Long Pond - 5 inches

Reading - 2.8 inches

Sinking Spring - 3.1 inches

Bucks County

Bedminster - 5 inches

Bensalem - 4 inches

Furlong - 4.9 inches

Doylestown - 4 inches

Lower Makefield - 4.6 inches

Sellersville - 4.5 inches

West Rockhill Township - 4.5 inches

Chester County

Chesterbrook - 4.5 inches

Devault - 4.3 inches

East Nantmeal - 4.3 inches

Exton - 3.6 inches

Landenberg - 1.5 inches

Phoenixville - 3 inches

Valley Forge - 4.5 inches

West Chester - 2 inches

Delaware County

Chadds Ford - 3.5 inches

Lansdowne - 2.6 inches

Media - 4.5 inches

Upper Darby - 4 inches

Wayne - 4 inches

Lehigh County

Center Valley - 7 inches

Lehigh Valley Airport - 4.7 inches

New Tripoli - 5 inches

Salisbury Township - 7.8 inches

Schnecksville - 6 inches

Zionsville - 4.7 inches

Montgomery County

Ambler - 3 inches

Blue Bell - 4.5 inches

Collegeville - 3.5 inches

Graterford - 3.6 inches

Hatfield - 4.5 inches

Limerick - 2.5 inches

Maple Glen - 4.5 inches

Wyncote - 2 inches

Wynnewood Estates - 3 inches

Northampton County

Bangor - 7 inches

Bushkill Township - 6.1 inches

Easton - 7 inches

Philadelphia County

Fire Engine 54 - 2.8 inches

Philadelphia International Airport - 0.3 inches

Philly OEM - 1 inch


Jim Thorpe - 4.8 inches

Mount Pocono - 9 inches

Saylorsburg - 7.5 inches

Stroudsburg - 7.5 inches

Tobyhana - 7 inches


Atlantic County

Estell Manor - 1.1 inches

Hammonton - 2.1 inches

Burlington County

Burlington - 3.5 inches

Florence - 4 inches

Mount Holly - 2.8 inches

Mount Laurel - 3.7 inches

Tabernacle - 1.5 inches

Camden County

Lindenwold - 1.9 inches

Oaklyn - 2 inches

Voorhees - 1 inch

Cape May County

Dennisville - 1.3 inches

Cumberland County

Vineland - 1 inch

Gloucester County

National Park - 2.3 inches

Sewell - 1.1 inches

Williamstown - 2 inches

Mercer County

Ewing Township - 3.5 inches

Hopewell Township - 4.5 inches

Pennington - 4.3 inches

Titusville - 4.8 inches

Trenton - 4 inches

Ocean County

Brick Township - 3.2 inches

Toms River - 2 inches

Salem County

Salem - 0.6 inches


New Castle County

Claymont - 1.3 inches

Greenville - 1.7 inches

Hockessin - 1.8 inches

Prices Corner - 1.4 inches

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<![CDATA[Rough Lehigh Valley Roads, Speed Restrictions]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:49:29 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019282439_1200x675_873352259705.jpg

The Lehigh Valley was one of the first areas to get hit by snow Thursday, NBC10's Pam Osborne is live in Allentown to discuss PennDOT's reports of accidents and speed restrictions.

<![CDATA[LIVE: Watch Snow on NBC10's SnowCam]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:55:12 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/Belmont+Plateau+Sledding.JPG

You watch the snow aftermath from the exclusive NBC10 SnowCam on board SkyForce10. 

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<![CDATA[Your February Snow Photos]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:01:21 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Golden+Retriever+sweater.jpg Slick roads and school closures greeted morning commuters Thursday. Spending the day sledding and making snowmen? We want to see your photos: Click here to send them and be featured in our gallery.

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<![CDATA[Gusty Winds, Deep Freeze Take Hold of Region]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 18:09:09 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Snow+Shovel+Gif.gif

After a storm brought snow to the entire Philadelphia region Thursday morning, bitter cold temperatures and gusty winds took hold as the evening arrived.

A few inches of snow fell on much of the region in a matter of hours as the intense storm quickly moved through the Philadelphia region as temps dropped to freezing and below. Snow first began falling in Berks, Chester, Lehigh and Northampton counties and then spread to Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties as well as northern Delaware and South Jersey turning from rain to sleet to snow. By late morning, more than 6 inches had fallen in parts of the Lehigh Valley.

Before noon the storm moved out from west to east.

Temperatures should stick below freeing with wind gusts up to 40 mph through the rest of Thursday. The high temp isn't expected to get past the freezing mark Friday and overnight temps should feel like the single digits.

Due to the expected snowfall, all Philadelphia public and archdiocesan schools closed Thursday. (Philly schools will open Friday, officials said.) Hundreds of other area schools also closed ahead of the storm. Philadelphia lifted its snow emergency at noon.

SkyForce10 captured children taking advantage of the day off bu sledding on Belmont Plateau.

New Jersey closed all state offices Thursday for nonessential employees and the snow was expected to linger longer in the Trenton area. Bucks and Montgomery counties also closed offices and courts. In Delaware, all state offices would open as normal as the storm didn't hit as hard.

Some attractions also changed schedules Thursday such as the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, opening late at noon, and the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park, which closed for the day.

Speed limit restrictions were put in place on many major highways and bridges and PATCO operated on a special "Snow Schedule."

Precipitation began to fall overnight starting as rain in some areas but changed to sleet, then snow as temperatures cooled before daybreak. The snow led to blinding conditions — less than 1/4-mile visibility — in some areas right around the time of the morning rush.

The intensity of the snow made roads difficult to traverse. Philadelphia International Airport warned travelers that most morning flights were canceled.

Some sun shined late Thursday morning and more could shine in the afternoon but not enough to melt off much of the snow left on the ground. The sun should shine Friday but with freezing temps, not much melt off will happen.The heavy wind combined with the heavy snow also posed a threat for limbs to take down power lines.

A warm-up comes this weekend as temps push into the 40s Saturday.

The NBC10 First Alert Weather Team's forecasts are the most accurate in the Philadelphia area, says WeatherRate.com. The team brings 80 years of combined forecasting skill to NBC10 viewers.

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<![CDATA[Up & Down Winter Temps Impact Produce]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 05:33:43 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019279213_1200x675_873201219894.jpg

How is the winter weather impacting the produce in our area? NBC10's Brandon Hudson takes a look.

<![CDATA[Your Guide to Snow Emergencies Across the Region]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:12:07 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PPA-Snow-Parking.jpg

Several parts of our area have declared snow emergencies ahead of Thursday’s snow.


A snow emergency was declared for Philly at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and lifted at noon.

Under the snow emergency, all parked cars must be moved off snow emergency routes for plowing. When moving your car, park as far from the corner of the street as possible as vehicles parked too close to the corner get in the way of snow plows trying to turn corners.

If your car is moved, call 215-686-SNOW to find it but DO NOT call 911.

Philadelphia Police also had a bit of fun reminding residents that it's illegal to save parking spots after shoveling by referencing a now viral Dr. Phil clip of a rebellious 13-year-old girl.

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Trash and Recycling

Sanitation and recycling collections in Philadelphia will also be suspended Thursday. Residents who normally have collections Thursdays are being asked to hold their trash until the following week. Crews are expected to resume collections Friday but residents should expect delays. There also will not be any collections in driveways Friday and residents should place materials at curbside to be picked up.

The Office of Emergency Management will activate its Emergency Operations Center at 5 a.m. Thursday and will remain open until at least 5 p.m. City government offices will be open during normal business hours Thursday though supervisors are being urged to offer flexibility if employees are late.


The Philly 311 Call Center will remain open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to take calls for all non emergencies. Requests for salting and plowing will not be taken during the storm however.

The Philadelphia Water Department's customer contact center will be open Thursday and you can contact them at 215-685-6300. Residents are being urged to shovel snow from the fronts of fire hydrants and storm drains on their block to allow melt to drain to the city sewer system.

Philadelphia's Office of Homeless Services declared a Code Blue Wednesday at 8 p.m. that will last until Saturday at noon. The city's homeless outreach teams will increase staffing and foot patrols during the Code Blue to transport homeless people to shelters. If you see a person living on the street, call Homeless Outreach at 215-232-1984 and report the sighting.

Philadelphia prisons canceled inmate visits Thursday for all jails in Philadelphia County.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority will not enforce meter and time limit violations on residential blocks Thursday due to snow. They will enforce all snow emergency and safety violations. Vehicles illegally parked on snow emergency routes after midnight will be subject to ticketing and towing.

The PPA is offering a special 24-hour flat rate of $5.00 at the following parking facilities during the snow emergency:

  • AutoPark at Independence Mall (5th & Market Streets)
  • AutoPark at Jefferson (10th & Ludlow Streets)
  • Autopark at the Gallery Mall (10th & Filbert Streets)
  • Autopark at 8th & Filbert Streets Garage (801 Filbert Street)
  • AutoPark at Old City (2nd & Sansom Streets)
  • Philadelphia Family Court Garage (1503-11 Arch Street – Going south on 15th Street, enter the garage on the west side just after 15th & Cherry St.)
  • Gateway Garage (enter from Spring Street between 15th & 16th Streets)

Bring your ticket and pay at the PPA Management Office in each garage to receive your $5 rate.

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SNOW EMERGENCIES ACROSS THE REGION(Click on each town for info - some may be lifted)

Bucks County, Pennsylvania

All Bucks County offices are closed Thursday.

Doylestown Borough

Hilltown Township

New Britain Township

Silverdale Borough

Warminster Township

Chester County, Pennsylvania


Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Haverford Township

Lehigh/Northampton County


Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

County courts and government offices are closed Thursday.

Abington Township

Cheltenham Township


Hatfield Borough


Lower Gwynedd Township

Lower Providence Township

Lower Salford Township

Montgomery Township

North Wales Borough

Upper Merion Township

West Pottsgrove Township

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<![CDATA[Philly Police Reference Dr. Phil Meme in #NoSavesies Tweet]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:47:54 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Catch-Me-Outside-Girl.jpg

From Game of Thrones to Hotline Bling, Philadelphia Police have developed a knack for using pop cultural references to remind residents that it's illegal to save parking spots with a cone or chair after shoveling during snowstorms. With heavy snow predicted for Thursday, Philly Police continued the tradition, referencing a now viral clip from "The Dr. Phil Show."

For those unfamiliar, a clip of 13-year-old Danielle and her rebellious antics first aired on "The Dr. Phil Show" last September and quickly gained popularity on social media. One segment of the show where the teen told the studio audience, “Catch me outside, how bout that?” became the source of countless Internet memes.

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Philly Police joined the trend Wednesday, photoshopping a cone over the teen’s face.

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Philly Police say officers can, and will, confiscate any item used to reserve a parking space on a city street. They also warn residents that using a cone or chair where street parking is scarce is not only illegal but can also potentially cause a dangerous confrontation. They are hoping that if everyone follows the rule after Thursday's snow there will be no threats to "catch anyone outside."

Photo Credit: Philadelphia Police
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<![CDATA[School Delays in Our Area]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:20:33 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly-School-District-Snow.jpg
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<![CDATA[PennDOT Urges Drivers to Use Caution During Thursday's Snow]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:29:32 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PennDOT+Preps_22489199.jpg

We don't recommend driving at all during Thursday's snow. But if you absolutely have to, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is giving safety advice to motorists while also making preparations on roads.

PennDOT will deploy 360 state and contractor trucks to plow the 5 county Philadelphia region, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and major state highways.

Due to poor visibility and driving conditions, PennDOT advises drivers to increase following distance, avoid distractions and utilize slow traffic speeds; since snow is expected to fall during the early morning rush hour.

Drivers can expect major road delays and snow fall at one to two inches per hour. PennDOT suggests motorists stay at least six car lengths behind an operating snow plow and remain cautious when driving near a snow removal vehicle.

Additionally it is recommended drivers bring an emergency kit including first-aid supplies, a blanket, non-perishable food, water, a cell phone charger and small snow shovel.

PennDOT has over 107,000 tons of salt and will be spread throughout the five-county Philadelphia region. Crews will disperse salt at the first arrival of the storm to keep the roads wet and aid in snow melting. More salt will be spread throughout the duration of the storm.

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<![CDATA[Thursday's Snow to Be Heaviest During Morning Rush]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 04:31:39 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snowy+roads.gif

Don’t plan on going anywhere from 5 to 9 a.m. Thursday in much of the area.

That’s the message that NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz had for people in much of the Philadelphia region.

A half foot of snow or more could fall in a matter of hours Thursday morning as an intense storm quickly moves through the Philadelphia region as temps drop to freezing and below. By 4 a.m. the snow was already falling in Berks, Chester, Lehigh and Northampton counties and began to spread toward Bucks and Montgomery counties.

“It’s all about intensity of this,” said Glenn. “Because the snow is coming down so hard that is causing it to stick.”

Don’t be tricked if it only appears to be raining when you get up.

“It could go from heavy rain to, possibly, heavy sleet to heavy snow in a matter of minutes, which could cause problems,” said Glenn.

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Due to the expected snowfall, all Philadelphia public and archdiocesan schools will be closed Thursday. All Philadelphia school district administrative offices and after-school activities will be canceled as well. A snow emergency was also declared for Philadelphia starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

New Jersey is also closing all state offices Thursday for non-essential employees.

Precipitation began to fall overnight starting as rain in some areas but changed to snow as temps cooled before daybreak. The snow could lead to blinding conditions in some areas right around the time of the morning rush.

The storm could pack an impressive punch of inches-per-hour with low visibility as thick snow falls. The intensity of the snow should make roads difficult to transverse and could lead to school delays and cancellations.

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Snow totals:
Lehigh Valley, Poconos, further northern and western suburbs: 6-10 inches
Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery counties and immediate South Jersey and Delaware neighborhoods: 4-8 inches
Central Delaware and South Jersey: 2- 4 inches
Far Delaware beaches and Jersey Shore: coating to 2 inches

And for anyone not believing we could get snow after a day in the 60s, it actually happened before – last in March 2007 when we got inches of snow a day after a day in the upper 60s.

The NBC10 First Alert Weather Team's forecasts are the most accurate in the Philadelphia area, says WeatherRate.com. The team brings 80 years of combined forecasting skill to NBC10 viewers.

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