Bitter Cold: Temps Approaching Record Lows

The snow is finally gone. Now we're in for bitter cold.

The last remnants of the winter storm moved out of South Jersey and Delaware early Monday evening after dropping up to 7 inches in some areas.

With the snow gone, brutal cold took its place. 

Early Tuesday morning temperatures will drop into the single digits in Philly and below 0 in parts of the Lehigh Valley. Those temperatures could break records in parts of the area.

Area Mon. Night - Tues. Morning
Atlantic City 5 degrees 3 degrees
Philadelphia 7 degrees 7 degrees
Wilmington 6 degrees 5 degrees
Allentown -2 degrees 3 degrees
Mount Pocono -5 degrees -6 degrees

After that, there will be a slow warm-up. Temperatures should rise into the upper 20s on Tuesday, upper 30s Wednesday and Thursday and up to 40 degrees by Friday. Those temperatures are still below the average of 47 degrees for this time of year. We should match those averages by the weekend however.


In Philadelphia, the snow moved out around 10 a.m. NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz says areas to the north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which runs through lower Montgomery and Bucks Counties and central Chester County, as well as Trenton, N.J. were done with the storm since early Monday morning.

“The difference in conditions from South Jersey to the Pennsylvania suburbs is like we drove 1,000 miles,” Hurricane said. "In actuality, the change in conditions happened across 70 to 100 miles."

Despite temperatures hovering in the 20s or even lower, for some areas, there were concerns about freezing rain in the south, Hurricane said.

Asked how ice could fall, even with such low temperatures, Hurricane says it has to do with warmer air aloft. When the precipitation falls and hits the ground, it freezes.

Narrowing bands of snow limited snowfall across the area. In Philadelphia, 3.4 inches of snow officially fell at Philadelphia International Airport. That puts the city at 62.9 inches of accumulation for this winter so far. Philly remains in third place this season as far as the snowiest winters in the city's recorded history, behind 65.5 inches of snow in 1995-96 and 78.7 inches in 2009-10.

There was very little snow accumulation in the Lehigh Valley and Poconos. But on the other side of the region, in South Jersey and Delaware, more than 6 inches of snow piled up.

In Ventnor, N.J., 7 inches of snow fell.

Icy spots remained on roads in South Jersey and Delaware -- especially along the coast.

Wilmington, Del. set a snowfall record before the storm was over. Hurricane said this winter is now the second snowiest winter ever recorded in that city -- at 49.9 inches of snow this winter. Records date back to 1894 for Wilmington, Hurricane says. Snow continues to fall so that number is expected to rise.

With snow on some side roads and bitter morning temps, dozens of area schools planned delayed openings Tuesday. and the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team will continue to update you with the latest information as it becomes available. Continue to check back here and on NBC10 News.

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