Snow Moves Out, Bitter Cold Follows

Snow fell in our region Saturday, causing slick roads and low visibility. A winter weather advisory was in effect from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Poconos and Lehigh Valley.

This storm wasn't a monster like the one our area experienced earlier this week. But the precipation caused slick roads and low visibility, resulting in accidents throughout the area and a ground stop at the Philadelphia International Airport. 


Snow began falling Saturday afternoon and continued until about 5:30 p.m.

The Poconos received the most snow with totals nearing 4 inches.

Snow totals in some western suburbs were not far behind. Three inches fell in both Ardmore and Ridley Park, while Philadelphia saw totals range from a dusting to more than 2 inches.

Flurries can't be ruled out completely for the evening, but the heaviest snowfall is likely over. 

Philadelphia1 inch
Wilmington1 inch
Newark, Del.0.7 inches
Pennsauken, N.J.2.9 inches
Washington Township, N.J.1.6 inches
Florence, N.J.2.0 inches
Surf City, N.J.0.5 inches
Warminster2.0 inches
Drexel Hill2.0 inches
Allentown2.4 inches
Lansdale2.0 inches

After the snow moved out, the temperatures tumbled into the single digits. The wind chills dropped even lower into negative territory -- some of the coldest weather we've seen this winter.

"Sunday morning, 9 below in Philly, 17 below in Allentown, 14 below in Reading, even 7 below in Dover," said NBC10 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Schwartz.

The Weather Service says the very cold temperatures will continue through the middle of next week as lows tumble into single digits again.

Ice Jam

The below-freezing temperatures could cause the existing ice jam along the Delaware River to worsen, according to the National Weather Service.

There are no flood warnings in effect, but officials will be monitoring the river closely.

The low temperatures will cause the ice to thicken and in turn the water backing up behind jams will probably increase, the NWS said.

"There will be much more ice than what had developed in early January," according to the NWS.

For the latest forecast, visit NBC10.Com First Alert Weather page.

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