Hundreds of Schools Open Late After Winter Storm Leaves Inches of Snow on Suburbs, Lehigh Valley

Be careful of slippery driving conditions, especially in the Pennsylvania suburbs, Berks County and Lehigh Valley

What to Know

  • Hundreds of schools across the region, including Philly public schools, will open late Monday after a winter storm.
  • Watch out for slick spots in the Pennsylvania suburbs, Lehigh Valley and Berks County.
  • Northern neighborhoods saw half a foot of snow or more.

Hundreds of schools across the region opened late Monday after a winter storm brought snow, rain and sleet to the area and tough travel conditions remain in some neighborhoods.

The impact of the storm varied greatly across the Philadelphia region with half a foot of snow or more falling in the upper suburbs, Berks County and Lehigh Valley (nearly 10 inches in Center Valley), and next to nothing along the Jersey Shore.

Most of the snow was out of the area by 4:30 a.m., but the potential of slippery driving conditions continued into the morning commute.

The southern Pennsylvania suburbs saw about 2 to 4 inches while Philadelphia, the immediate suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware only saw about a coating to 2 inches due to mostly rain and freezing rain falling in those areas.

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All Philadelphia public schools were on a two-hour delay Monday. Philly archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools were closed due to the snow. Hundreds of suburban schools and districts were on delay and some were even closed. (Click here for the full School Closings list.)

Sunday's storm led to hazardous road conditions and likely played a role in a crash that killed teens in Milford Township, Bucks County, early Sunday evening.

Cities and towns throughout the region declared snow emergencies ahead of the storm and there were several travel restrictions and modified transportation schedules including SEPTA Regional Rail operating on a Saturday schedule.

Amtrak had to temporarily suspend Keystone Service between Philadelphia and Harrisburg due to overhead wire issues west of the Elizabethtown station.

The snow that fell in the north and western suburbs was heavy and wet, making it difficult to shovel. Anyone in poor health should get a neighbor, friend, or snowplow to remove it.

A district judge has been charged with drunken driving in the eastern Pennsylvania city where her father is mayor.

The heavy, wet snow also helped to bring down power lines, leading to thousands of outages across the area, with PECO customers in Bucks County hit hardest.

The rest of Monday will be breezy and mostly sunny with a high in the 30s. The chill is on then with highs not expected to break the freezing mark Tuesday and Wednesday.

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