A fast-moving snowstorm made for a sloppy Friday morning commute through much of the area before giving way to sunshine and warmer temperatures by afternoon.
Guess what, the fluffy stuff isn't going anywhere. More snow is expected Saturday as areas South and East of Philly, especially South Jersey, should see more snow, said Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.
A Winter Advisory was issued for Philadelphia, the immediate Pennsylvania suburbs and most of Delaware while a Winter Storm Watch was issued for most of South Jersey. The advisories last through most of Saturday and even early into Sunday in Pennsylvania, according to the National Weather Service.
Here is what to expect in parts of the area Saturday:
|Lancaster, Reading, Allentown||1 to 3 inches|
|Philadelphia, Trenton, Wilmington||2 to 4 inches|
|Atlantic City, Cape May, coastal Delaware||3 to 6 inches|
And don't expect any sort of warm up as temps will likely remain in the 20s throughout the day Saturday in most parts of the area, according to Glenn.
As for the storm that passed through Friday, one to two inches of snow fell in Philadelphia, but the timing made getting to work a hassle. Highways were generally clear but some minor crashes were reported on slippery secondary roads in and around both cities.
The storm moved through the area faster than predicted.
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Steve Chizmar, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, said no major problems were reported across the state Friday, even though it was the first snowfall in many areas and drivers were “honing their winter driving skills.”
“For the most part, it wasn't really a major storm,” he said.
Dozens of school districts in central Pennsylvania delayed opening along with a few in the Philadelphia metro area. More delays were the norm in northeastern Pennsylvania, where the brunt of the storm hit overnight and some schools opened two hours late.
|Cumberland County|| |
|Gloucester County||1.2 inches|
|Bucks County||2 inches|
|Delaware County||2.2 inches|
|Lehigh County||2.3 inches|
|Montgomery County||2.2 inches|
Philadelphia International Airport was open, but there were some delays because other airports held back their Philadelphia-bound flights during the height of the storm, airport spokesman Victoria Lupica said.
Check before you head out to Philadelphia International: 1-800-PHL-GATE or online at www.phl.org.
Our chief meteorologist, Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz updated his long-range winter forecast this week, calling for a snowier season than average -- 30 to 40 inches:
|Month||Temp From Average||Snow Amounts|
|Jan.||minus-5 degree||12 inches|
|Feb.||minus-3 degrees||10 inches|
|March||plus-2 degrees||2 inches|
Oh yeah and a more major storm could be rolling in on Tuesday. Stay tuned for details as the storm gets closer but it's looking like we will get at least a few inches if not more.