Uh Oh! October Snow

Snow falls on much of Pa. as it begins to stick in some areas

Saturday's snow fall is just about over. Now the area must wait until everything melts.

A Winter Storm Warning was in effect from Saturday through Saturday evening for all Pennsylvania counties (with the exception of Philadelphia and Delaware Counties) and parts of Mercer County as an October snowstorm put a damper on the weekend before Halloween.

A Winter Storm Advisory was also in effect for Philadelphia, Wilmington and areas directly south.

Both the warning and advisory have been canceled.

A Coastal Flood Warning was also in effect for New Jersey and Delaware as heavy rains, sleet and snow pounded the area Saturday afternoon.

Both Philadelphia and Wilmington got around 0.3 inches of snow.

Allentown was hit with 6.8 inches of snow, smashing the October record of 2.2 inches set back in 1925. The record-breaking snow forced Allentown to postpone its annual Halloween Parade. The Parade is now scheduled to take place November 6 at 2 p.m.

Bethlehem's Halloween Parade has also been postponed with no set date.

The snow took down some power lines and caused SEPTA to shut down the Paoli/Thorndale line after a tree took down power lines.

PPL Electric reports that around 202,000 customers were without power as of 9:45 p.m. Crews were able to restore power for around 700,000 customers.

PPL cited thick, heavy snow accumulating on tree limbs as the main cause for the outages.

The hardest hit areas for PPL have been the Lehigh Valley, Harrisburg and Lancaster. They also say however that outages are being reported in practically every part of its 29-county service area.

PPL also says that crews have worked all day and will continue working into the night to bring customers back in service. They currently have jobs dispatched that will restore power to around 80,000 customers.

PPL says priority will be given to public health and safety buildings such as hospitals and nursing homes and then based on the number of customers affected by each case.

PPL urges those without power to prepare for the possibility of a multiday outage and to take any preparations that may be advisable for their personal circumstances.

PPL is also preparing the availability of free water and ice starting Sunday morning and will make outreach calls to affected customers.

Customers are advised to stay clear of downed poewr lines and to always assume they are live. They're also advised to run generators only in well-ventilated areas and to use flashlights instead of candles whenever possible to reduce the risk of fire.

Here are the latest power outages as of Sunday afternoon.

Peco Power Outages

Bucks County30000
Chester County30000
Montgomery County10000

Atlantic City Electric Power Outages

Cape May6

PPL Electric Power Outages



New Castle380

Wet, heavy snow also caused some issues in areas north and west of the city as PennDOT salted roads.

There were up to three-hour delays for some inbound flights and at least 85 flights canceled at Philly International Airport, according to officials.

Rain developed overnight in Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Rain (heavy at times) began to fall in those areas changing to sleet and snow from north and west to south and east.

Coastal Flood Warnings were issued in the tidal section of the Delaware River and along the shore. The National Weather Service says to expect "numerous roadways to flood and minor to moderate property damage is possible."

There was also a wind advisory along the coastal counties of Delaware and New Jersey with wind gusts up to 45 mph.

Snow should only stick to roads if its coming down very heavily. The main problem will be heavy, wet snow accumulating on tree leaves which could lead to power outages.

Montgomery Township declared a snow emergency. On-street parking is prohibited along snow emergency routes in the town. Motorists in Montgomery Township are urged to avoid traveling if possible. 

If you must travel, use extreme caution. Motorists are also urged to remain alert for snow removal operations on highways, parking lots and private drives.

Vehicles left abandoned on the roadway in Montgomery Township will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.

The storm will be over by early Sunday morning. The snow should melt quickly during the day.

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