<![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 Fri, 22 May 2015 22:46:00 -0400 Fri, 22 May 2015 22:46:00 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Memorial Day Weekend Forecast]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 17:53:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/belmar_shore_jersey_beach.jpg

Weather forecasters are under pressure every day of the year. The weather on any given day may not be important to you, but it’s surely important to somebody. And that person will be mightily disappointed (to put it mildly) if we get it wrong for that day. Weekends are generally more important than weekdays for most people, which is why we highlight them in every 7-day forecast on NBC10.

And then there are the holiday weekends: often three days of leisure, when the most important activities are outdoors. The three biggest are during the “summer season”: Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. Each of the three has their own challenges. I’ll abbreviate them for the sake of simplicity: MD, 4J, and LD.

Memorial Day Weekend (MD)

This is the one most likely to have bad weather for outdoor activities, such as barbecues and the beach. First of all, it’s still May, and average high temperatures are only in the 70s, and record low temperatures are way down in the 40s (even 30s in some suburbs). We have to be concerned about cold fronts coming down from Canada PLUS “back-door” cold fronts that come in from New England. I’ve seen MD weekend forecasts “bust” by more than 20 degrees only a couple of days out, as warm air overhead gets pushed westward by the back-door front. Ouch!

4th of July (4J)

This one is right in the middle of summer, so it has the best chance to be hot and humid. The average high is 84 in Phila, and back-door fronts become extremely rare. The biggest weather problems are usually extreme heat or big thunderstorms. The heat part is the easiest to predict, but, as usual, thunderstorms can come right on schedule or pop up out of nowhere. Boaters can sometimes be put in danger by an unexpected severe thunderstorm. July is historically our wettest month of the year, so there’s usually a chance of storms for at least one of the three weekend days.

Labor Day (LD)

The average high temperature is about 80 degrees for LD. We’re less likely to get extreme heat or heavy thunderstorms than 4J, but there is potentially an even bigger problem: LD occurs during the historical PEAK of Hurricane Season. The threat of a hurricane is practically zero for MD, and very low for 4J, but the peak of hurricane season is a big spike that hits during September. I’ve seen some pretty scary close calls in this area. 

Hurricane Edouard in 1996 was the scariest. The predicted track was right up Delaware Bay on LD weekend! And Edouard was a powerful Category 4 hurricane. Hurricane Watches and Tropical Storm Warnings were actually issued for the Delaware and New Jersey coasts. Fortunately, Edouard curved out to sea, so you probably don’t even remember the name. But meteorologists in this area do. It had “worst-case scenario” written all over it, with a predicted track close to what Sandy did 16 years later. Except Sandy had 75 mph winds, and Edouard had 120 mph maximum winds not far off the mid-Atlantic coast.


We can pretty much guarantee that the ocean is going to be cold on MD weekend. The only question is how cold. Here are the current water temperatures, followed by the average for this week, and then the averages for 4J and MD:

So, you’ll notice that LD weekend typically has a warmer ocean than 4J weekend. Not many people realize that. It takes longer for the ocean to warm than the land, so the warmest water temperatures come much later than the warmest land temperatures. A sea breeze off a 55 degree ocean is a LOT colder than one off a 72 degree ocean. That’s why I’ve always liked to vacation in August or even September, rather than July. Shhhh….don’t tell anyone….

(Friday is sunny and beautiful, for those folks who can get out early. High 75)


The first part of the holiday weekend is going to be the easiest part of the forecast. A large area of HIGH pressure will be moving right over our area, so that means a good bet for sunshine and cool temperatures. Here’s one computer model for Saturday morning (the others are similar)

This would suggest:

  • Phila- sunny and cool. High 68. Chance of rain is near 0%
  • Shore-sunny and cool. High 70, but dropping through 60s in afternoon


The HIGH pressure area moves offshore, allowing warmer southwest winds to move in. But clouds could also move in during the afternoon.

Phila-sun to clouds. High 76. Chance of rain…20%
Shore-mostly sunny. High 68. Chance of rain 5%


This day has the highest chance of rain, but also will be the warmest of the weekend.

Phila- mostly cloudy and warm. High 82. Chance of showers 50%
Shore-mostly cloudy and warm. High 75. Chance of showers 40%

More updates will come during the week…….

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<![CDATA[Storm Chaser Caught in Tornado]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 20:33:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tornado-Oklahoma.jpg During KFOR's storm coverage Wednesday, one of the station's storm chasers was caught in an apparent tornado in Norman, Oklahoma.]]> <![CDATA[Early Tropical Storm on the Way?]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 20:49:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Early+Tropical+Storm+Glenn+1+crop.png

Hurricane season officially begins June 1, but there are few strict rules in the atmosphere.

There have been May storms before, most recently in 2012, when Beryl hit Jacksonville, Florida with 65 mph winds. But it’s still not common. If it was, hurricane season would start May 1 and not June 1.

There is a developing disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean east of Florida. It appears to be organizing slowly, which is typical this early in the season.

That means you may be hearing words like "subtropical" or "hybrid" in the next couple of days.

Ocean temperatures are borderline for tropical development (about 79 degrees Fahrenheit is about the minimum, since tropical storms feed on warm water). In the early stages, storms might be cold in the center, like in winter. Tropical storms are warm in the center. They also have the strongest winds near the center, while cold-core storms typically have the strongest winds farther out.

Off the Southeast U.S., ocean temperatures are highest in the yellow fingerlike zone. That’s the Gulf Stream, and water temperatures are up to 79 in this area (the map below is in Celsius: 26C is 79F.)

So, if the center of the developing storm moves over the Gulf Stream, what might start as a cold-core “subtropical” storm could turn into a “hybrid” (a combination of types), and then a Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm.

If it turns tropical, and sustained winds reach 39 mph or more, it would be named "Ana."

That name rings a bell to me, since it was first used in 1979, the year Tropical Storms and Hurricanes in the Atlantic were named after BOTH men and women for the first time. I was working for the National Weather Service in Atlanta at the time, when the new Secretary of Commerce, Juanita Kreps, came in, and immediately ordered an end to the women-only names.

Whether it’s "Ana" or a nontropical version of the storm, computer models agree that it won’t move much for several days. Here’s the map from the now famous European Model for Mother’s Day morning:

That would make the weather in both South and North Carolina pretty miserable for moms, but wouldn’t affect the weather up here.

It indirectly could help shift the winds a bit, keeping our shore areas on the cooler side this weekend with a wind off the ocean. And here’s the forecast from the U.S. GFS model for the same time.

The European model shows a stronger storm, but the locations are identical!

Tropical Storms don’t have to be strong to cause problems. Agnes, in June 1972, was only a Tropical Storm when it hit, but it caused record flooding in Pennsylvania.

It also made me miss my college graduation ceremony at Penn State, but that’s a story for another time.

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<![CDATA[Needed Rain Could Be on the Way]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 07:23:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic+umbrella+rain+storm.jpg

Rain could be on the way and it may be exactly what the Philadelphia region dealing with fire dangers and allergy season needs.

"The most import thing is that we need the rain, the storms are a good thing unless we get severe weather," said NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.

The much-needed rain could fall on parts of the region Tuesday afternoon starting around 2 p.m. as temps push into the mid 80s, said Hurricane.

"It's been dry for nearly two weeks, so we need some showers and thunderstorms -- with the cold front coming through -- to help us with the dry spell, reduce the fire danger and also knock out some of the pollen."

Large amounts of rain aren’t expected with a ¼-inch of rain most likely.

“This is a very critical day” to keep the region out of possible drought conversations, said Hurricane.

“It will be the lucky ones that get rained on tomorrow."

After Tuesday’s system moves through there is another chance of rain on Wednesday but despite both systems, some areas might see no rain at all.

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<![CDATA[Preparing for Hurricane Season in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 20:49:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010243910_1200x675_439484483835.jpg In less than a month it will be hurricane season. After the devastating impact of Superstorm Sandy, both victims and forecasters are looking to better prepare for any potential storms. NBC10's Ted Greenberg is at the Atlantic City International Airport where he got a sneak peek of the "Hurricane Hunter."]]> <![CDATA[Blue Cross Broad Street Run Forecast]]> Sun, 03 May 2015 07:43:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Broad+Street+Run+starting+line+City+Photo.jpg

With the Blue Cross Broad Street Run today, the weather is top of mind as runners and spectators make final preparations for the 10-mile dash down Broad Street.

So what is in store for race day as far as wind, possible rainfall and temperature?

First off, the chance for rain is low. And with plenty of sun (a UV Index of 8 out of 10) sunscreen will be a good idea.

"The good news is, we expect to be dry through the weekend with temperatures a little above normal for this time of year," said NBC10 meteorologist Sheena Parveen.

The high Sunday is expected to top out near 80 but that is only in the afternoon. When the race starts at 8 a.m. there should be some sunshine with temps quickly rising to around 58.

The temps could get a little warm for runners as the morning goes on with temps expected to be in the high 60s by 10 a.m.

Race day lows in the 50s are on par with many past races.

Wind could play a factor in the run with a cross wind of 8 mph from the west.

Check back throughout the day as the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team tracks your race day forecast.

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<![CDATA[April Snow Falls in Pocono Mountains]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:45:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010117494_1200x675_433333827609.jpg Unseasonably cold temperatures were felt all around the region Thursday as Camelback Mountain even saw snow flakes on April 23.]]> <![CDATA[High Winds Rip Tree Out of Ground]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:55:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010105719_1200x675_432403523571.jpg A tree was ripped up by the roots and tossed onto a house during severe storms in Westville, Gloucester County Wednesday.]]> <![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[April Storm Photos]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:38:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/163*120/Westville+Tree+Roots.JPG Heavy rain, lightning, hail and wind hit our area Monday night into Tuesday. Check out photos of the storm from our viewers.

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<![CDATA[Storms Bring Heavy Wind, Downed Trees]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:21:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Ben+Franklin+Bridge+Rain.JPG

A line of thunderstorms moved across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware Wednesday afternoon bringing heavy downpours, strong winds -- up to 71 mph -- and the chance of hail to the entire region and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for parts of the region.

As temperatures climbed into the upper 60s -- even above 70 in Philly -- Wednesday, the fast-moving system headed east across the Keystone State.

The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for parts of the region that expired by late afternoon.

Heavy rain started to fall in the northern and western suburbs of Philadelphia around 2 p.m. then quickly spread throughout the region. Trees went down along Gulph Road in Upper Merion Township and Ridge Avenue in the Andorra section of Philadelphia as the heaviest part of the storm -- that featured 71 mph winds in Philadelphia -- moved through around 2:45 p.m.

The storm also knocked out power to nearly 3,000 customers in West Chester, Chester County at one point and more than 8,000 PECO customers around the area at its height. In South Jersey, at one point, more than 1,200 Atlantic City Electric customers were in the dark.

There is a possibility of scattered thunderstorms during the Wednesday rush hour, but most of the rainfall should be over by early evening with most of the wet weather gone by 8 p.m., according to NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Sheena Parveen.

The Wednesday storms come the same week as severe weather wreaked havoc on the region, disrupting the Monday morning commute and causing flooding on area roadways.

Temperatures could drop more than 20 degrees as the system pushes past our region. Lows will plunge toward the upper 30s, making for a cold start to Thursday morning.

While the rest of the work week should be dry, the unseasonably cold temps will stick around.

Temperatures should reach highs in the mid-50s and drop to lows in the mid-30s before warming up over the weekend.

The sun returns Saturday and Sunday as we head into the 60s.

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<![CDATA[Record-Setting Rain in Philly]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:42:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/220*120/Delaware+Avenue+Flooding.JPG

After 141 years, Philadelphia has a new record rainfall total for April 20. The National Weather Service reported that 2.01 inches of rain fell on the Philadelphia International Airport Monday, setting the record for daily rainfall.

The record amount of rain -- spread out over morning and evening storms -- broke the old record of 1.71 inches set all the way back in 1871.

Decades-old records also fell in Georgetown, Delaware (1.03 inches); New Castle County Airport (2.37 inches) and Avoca, Pennsylvania (1.24 inches), according to the Weather Service.

Rain, heavy at times, continued overnight into Tuesday despite a Tornado Watch for our region being canceled. And, with the rain came some flooding.

The Watch, which was in effect for most of the region, was lifted shortly before midnight. Despite this, heavy rain, wind and lightning moved in to the Philadelphia area and continued while many people slept.

The storm brought heavy rain, lightning, high winds and even some hail. Everything should clear by Tuesday morning but some showers could remain for the morning rush.

Rain and hail fell in parts of State College early Monday evening causing flooding in the streets. The storms hit the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos around 9 p.m. bringing hail and 55 mph winds to Monroe just after midnight.

The storm also dropped hail overnight on Philadelphia International Airport and New Castle, Delaware.

There were also early morning flooding in some areas including along Columbus Boulevard from Vine Street to Market Street in Penn's Landing and along U.S. Route 130 at the Brooklawn Circle.

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<![CDATA[Wet Weather, Early Morning Headaches in Del. ]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:01:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010080377_1200x675_430805059989.jpg Heavy rain and major flooding has many roads closed down in Delaware Monday. NBC10's Tim Furlong has the details. ]]> <![CDATA[Not a Nice Morning]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:01:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010078122_1200x675_430680131966.jpg The rain continues to fall heavily near the Schuylkill Expressway Monday morning and winds are gusting.]]> <![CDATA[Thunderstorm Threat for Later Today]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:58:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/230*120/Generic+Flooding+Car+Flooding+Generic.JPG

Heavy rain took a break late Monday morning but the worst of the wet weather could still come.

NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz issued an NBC10 First Alert for late Monday afternoon and evening as the possibility of severe thunderstorms threatened the area.

Heavy rain mixed with strong winds to cause some scattered flooding and power outages in the Philadelphia region as the first part of wet weather struck Monday. Rain, heavy at times, fell early Monday as winds gusted above 20 mph at times.

PECO reported about 10,000 outages by mid-morning with nearly 5,000 in the northern part of Philadelphia alone. The utility said some of the outages were weather related. By noon there were less than 1,000 outages. Over in New Jersey, PSE&G also reported scattered outages.

Flooding slowed traffic along the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) near Girard Avenue. Some flooding hit areas including Chestnut Hill; Darby, Pennsylvania; along Governor Printz Boulevard in Delaware; and other areas as storm drains backed up due to heavy rainfall and debris.

Be careful when driving, especially in areas prone to flooding. Don’t drive through standing water. And, be careful of standing water from blocked drains.

Low clouds and fog remained late Monday morning. As the sun burns off the moisture Monday afternoon, the threat for severe weather increases "for the potential for severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, large hail and possibly, even, a couple of tornadoes in the area," said Glenn.

The greatest threat for severe weather late Monday afternoon was for Delaware, South Jersey, Philadelphia and the immediate suburbs where brief heavy downpours could hit.

Stick with NBC10's apps to get the latest on possible severe weather.

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<![CDATA[Thunderstorms Threat Goes Away]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:05:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rain-generic-mission-beach2.jpg

Good news, the threat of severe storms slamming the Philadelphia region Friday afternoon has become far lesser.

The threat of violent thunderstorms that were expected to hit with downpours, hail and strong winds Friday, diminished as the day went on causing the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team to cancel an earlier First Alert Weather warning.

"The low level clouds and the cold air are just not budging," said NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.

The morning started off cold -- only in the 30s in South Jersey and the Poconos -- with bouts of heavy rain mixed with periods of drizzle as a heavy fog hung over Philadelphia's skyline.

"The cold air and the low clouds are firmly established here... it's hard to get cold dense air moved out," said Glenn.

"It becomes difficult to predict when that cold air is going to retreat and allow the warm air to come up. And very often the computer models overestimate how fast that is going to happen and this is the case this time."

The cold air is denser than warm air so it leaves when it wants to rather than being pushed out in most cases.

"You have to break some of these low clouds. The ingredients in order to create these thunderstorms are warmer air at the surface than this is higher up," said Glenn. "If we don't warm up the ground we don't have the ingredients for thunderstorms."

The line of storms, which slammed the Midwest Thursday, will still pass over central Pennsylvania and start approaching Philly.  But with much less power as temps fight to get into the 60s.


"The front with the rain comes through later this afternoon and evening," said Glenn.


The wet weather will be mostly over for much of the Delaware Valley around 9 p.m., but the chance of showers remains as the night winds down.

A west wind will then push the wet weather out and, luckily, the weekend still appears to be a winner.

"This has no impact on the weekend at all... It will be a beautiful and sunny weekend," said Glenn.

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<![CDATA[Rain Causes Flooding, Delays Trains in NJ]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:54:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010080382_1200x675_430805571739.jpg Flooding caused parts of PATCO to close during the morning rush. NBC10's Cydney Long has the details. ]]> <![CDATA[Severe Storms Could Bring Hail, Wind, Downpours]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:05:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lightning+strike+philly+skyline+crop.jpg

The same storm system that slammed the Midwest with violent thunderstorms, damaging hail and destructive tornadoes Thursday night is set to bring severe weather to our region on Friday.

Friday morning will start out with temperatures in the low 40s and some showers, but thunderstorms will move in by late afternoon.

Temperatures will leap from 40s to a high near 80 degrees — a warm up that will help fuel evening severe weather.

"This is probably going to be something that is more isolated and scattered," First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz said.

The severe weather threat has prompted the issuance of a First Alert for the day.

Storms will drop heavy rain and hail on some spots in the Delaware Valley during the Friday evening rush beginning around 4 p.m. in the western Pennsylvania suburbs. Wind speeds could reach 60 mph for parts of the region.

With any thunderstorm, there is a chance of flooding, the National Weather Service warns.

The line of storms is expected to reach the Jersey Shore around 8 p.m. At that point, Philly and nearby suburbs should no longer be seeing thunderstorms, although a chance of rain remains for some spots throughout the evening.

The sun returns Saturday, making for a mostly pleasant rest of the weekend. Highs will be in the mid 60s both Saturday and Sunday.

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<![CDATA[sNOw Foolin': Tracking Snow, Rain Tuesday]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:44:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP410324404312_DCSnow.jpg

We're tracking wet -- and white -- weather on Tuesday, which also happens to be the last day of March.

So where's spring?!

Temperatures will drop into the low 40s overnight Monday dipping into the 30s by Tuesday morning's rush. We'll be dry for your commute, but rain will move into the Philadelphia-area around 11 a.m. There will be snow in Lehigh County.

"The farther north you go, the best chance of snow you have," said NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.

Throughout the day, residents in that area will see the precipitation turn from snow to rain and back a few times depending on how hard the wet weather is coming down, Glenn said.

Rain's the name of the game in Philly and the surrounding suburbs. We'll see a lot of it Tuesday and if it doesn't move out by the time the sun sets, there's a possibility we could see snow as well.

Don't worry, we'll be above freezing all day with temperatures hovering in the mid 50s, so if there is any snow along the I-95 corridor, it'll melt, especially on paved surfaces.

The sun returns Wednesday and Thursday and temperatures will be near 70 by the end of the week before dipping as rain is possible for the weekend.

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<![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[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.

<![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:

<![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.


  • 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[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.

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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.


  • 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.

<![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.

<![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.

<![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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