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Heavy Snow, Bitter Cold Arrive

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    More than 1 foot of snow could fall on parts of the region. (Published Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014)

    A major winter storm with heavy snow, high winds and bitter cold temperatures entered our area this morning and it could drop more than 1 foot of snow in some areas. Before it arrived it already caused school closures and travel delays.

    The storm is expected to drop 9 to 16 inches in Philadelphia and along the I-95 Corridor. One foot or more is also possible in the Lehigh Valley, the Jersey Shore and parts of Delaware, according to the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team.

    The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday through early Wednesday morning for the entire region outside of the Poconos where a Winter Storm Advisory is instead in place.

    First Alert Weather: Tracking the Snow

    [PHI] NBC10 First Alert Weather: Tracking the Snow
    Snow is expected to begin Tuesday morning. (Published Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014)

    "It's a major snow storm," said NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Glenn Schwartz. "Many areas are expected to get over 6 inches, plus wind, plus cold. The worst of this storm will be late Tuesday and Tuesday night."

    Temperatures and the wind chill dropped Tuesday morning into the low 20s.

    As expected, snowfall began from the west to east and by 9:30 a.m. snow was falling on Center City Philadelphia. The snowfall should expand through the region by noon.

    The snow should get heavier throughout the day leading to a messy evening rush.

    Estimated Snow Totals Increase

    [PHI] Estimated Snow Totals Increase
    A big storm just got even bigger. See what the new estimated snow totals are in Glenn's forecast. (Published Monday, Jan 20, 2014)

    Snow Timeline:

    9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – snow falls, 22 degrees

    12 p.m. to 3 p.m. – snow gets heavier, 22 degrees

    3 p.m. to midnight - heavy snow, wind, 16 degrees

    Midnight to 8 a.m. - snow tapers off, frigid, 8 degrees, wind chill -10 degrees

    Dozens of schools in our area including Philadelphia parochial schools closed in preparation for the snow. Philadelphia Public Schools and other districts scheduled early dismissals -- Philly schools will let out at 12:30 p.m.

    Estimated Snow Totals
    Philadelphia, I-95 Corridor,
    9 to 16 inches
    Poconos
    3 to 8 inches
    Lehigh Valley, Berks County, far north & west suburbs
    7 to 14 inches
    Coastal Delaware, South Jersey
    6 to 12 inches

    The Weather Service warned of heavy winds and hazardous driving conditions throughout the day as the storm moves up the East Coast.

    There were also more than 100 flights delayed or canceled at Philadelphia International Airport.

    The snow is just the beginning of the winter blast as temps should remain below the freezing mark for the rest of the week as another polar vortex blasts the region with windy, bitter cold.

    While the snow will move out Wednesday, the bitter cold will remain with morning temperatures in the single digits. Wind chills in Philadelphia should be below zero the chills could dip to -20 to -25 in the Poconos. The high will only be in the teens.

    Bitter cold with lows in the single digits and highs in the 20s should continue on Thursday and Friday and there's even the chance of some light snow on Thursday.

    By the weekend, conditions won't be as frigid and temperatures will rise into the 30s.