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March's Winter Storm

2nd Biggest Storm in Philly History

Storm will make this winter one for the record books, say meteorologists

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    NBC Philadelphia

    We have 28.5 inches of snow, officially, at Philadelphia International Airport, which means we have hit a new record.

    This is now the second biggest storm in the city's history. It's also the biggest February storm in recorded weather history as of 1 p.m..

    The snow has stopped in Pennsylvania nd New Castle County, Delaware, but there are a couple of bands still moving through South Jersey and southern Delaware -- the two areas hit hardest.

    The shore is experiencing blizzard-like conditions with the winds whipping up to more than 50 miles an hour.

    Travel is banned in Atlantic County and the entire state of Delaware -- that means you cannot be on the roads unless you are providing essential public services or emergency care.

    At 11 a.m., there were close to 24,000 power outages in Delaware -- most of those are in Sussex County.

    Snowstorm: This is Our Super Bowl

    [PHI] Snowstorm: This is Our Super Bowl
    "This may be the biggest 1-2 punch we've ever seen in Philly," said NBC10 Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.

    In South Jersey, close to 90,000 outages and 61,000 of those are in Cape May County and another 20,000 in Atlantic County.

    Heavy, wet snow, downed power lines and fallen trees have made snow remove difficult in Cape May County.

    In Pennsylvania, Governor Ed Rendell issues a statewide disaster emergency. There are more than 160,000 power outages across the state, but very few in our area in comparison. PECO reports fewer than 500 outages in the city and about 1,000 between Delaware and Bucks counties.


    Snow Totals


    Plows are out across the region.

    SEPTA buses are canceled. Only a few regional rails are running and expect delays on subways.

    In Delaware, there is no DART service.

    Here’s how the storm is expected to shake out:

    TIME CONDITIONS
    Now - 10 a.m. Periods of Heavy Snow
    10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Snow ending north
    2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Snow ending north to south
    6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Snow ending at shore
    Sunday Windy and cold

     



    By the time this storm moves out, meteorologists expect much of the area to be crippled under heavy snow. The storm will also undoubtedly be one of the top 10 biggest of all time. And it's our second of the season.

    "As people have said to me, this is our Super Bowl, but then there's only supposed to be one Super Bowl per year," said meterologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.

    The storm could give Philly the "biggest 1-2 punch" ever seen in the Philadelphia area, Glenn said. December's huge Nor'easter dumped 23 inches of snow on the region and now this storm could be even bigger. Here are the expected snow accumulations:

    LOCATION EXPECTED 
    ACCUMULATION
    Extreme South Jersey and most of Delaware 20-28 inches
    All of Philadelphia, Wilmington, Del., parts of South Jersey, Delaware, Chester and Montgomery Counties 14-20 inches
    Central Jersey, Reading, Pa., Bucks County 10-14 inches
    Lehigh Valley 6-10 inches
    Poconos and Above 3-6 inches

    View more news videos at: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/video.

    Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz says some parts of the area could even see 30 inches of snow by the time the storm moves out.

    Share your snow photos and videos with us! Upload them here or email them to isee@nbcphiladelphia.com.

    It will take crews a long time to get roads clear, so officials are asking you bunker down and chill out for most of Saturday as they work to make the area safe again for travel.

    Get the latest on closures and up-to-date radar over in the NBCPhiladelphia.com Winter Weather Center.