[Update 8:54 pm] Some area schools are beginning to announce closings and postponements. So far, the Philadelphia district is not on the list.
National Weather Service, meanwhile, updates its forecast and says travel will be “hazardous or impossible:”
* WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM TO 5 PM EST
* LOCATIONS…THE FAR NORTHEAST PORTION OF MARYLAND AND SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA THROUGH NORTHERN DELAWARE AND SOUTH CENTRAL NEW JERSEY INCLUDING PHILADELPHIA AND WILMINGTON DELAWARE.
* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW..
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…GENERALLY 4 TO 6 INCHES. SNOW HEAVY AT TIMES BETWEEN 7 AM AND NOON WITH ONE INCH PER HOUR ACCUMULATIONS FOR POSSIBLY AS MUCH AS 3 HOURS.
* TIMING…PRECIPITATION BEGINS PROBABLY AS RAIN OR SLEET AROUND 4AM THEN QUICKLY CHANGES TO SNOW BETWEEN 5 AM AND 8 AM.
* TEMPERATURES…IN THE LOWER 30S.
* VISIBILITIES…ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.
* WINDS…NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.
* IMPACTS…HIGH IMPACT EXPECTED BY THE MIDDLE OR END OF THE MORNING COMMUTE WITH WIDESPREAD HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS.
* AFTER THE STORM….SNOW QUICKLY TAPERS TO FLURRIES DURING MID AFTERNOON. ANY STANDING WATER OR SLUSH WILL FREEZE SOLID MONDAY NIGHT AS TEMPERATURES DROP INTO THE TEENS AND LOWER 20S.
[Original] Get ready, Philly: The National Weather Service is warning that a winter storm will hit the region overnight:
PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN TO MOVE INTO THE REGION LATE THIS EVENING AS RAIN, BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO A WINTRY MIX LATE TONIGHT. THIS COULD CREATE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS LATE TONIGHT.
MONDAY: As the precipitation starts early Monday morning, temperatures will be above freezing, with rain for Philadelphia and South Jersey, snow north and west. However, we change over to snow pretty quickly (exception – far southern sections of New Jersey and central Delaware). Through the late morning hours and early afternoon, most of the area will change over to snow, before moving out by Monday evening. The expected snowfall totals are 4″-8″ in Philadelphia, Bucks, Berks, Montgomery, most of Chester and Delaware, and portions of Lancaster counties. 2″-4″ in the Lehigh County. Interior sections of South Jersey should expect 2″-4″, as well. Cumberland, Cape May, and Atlantic counties in NJ and Kent and Sussexx in Delaware counties should see 1″-2″ of snow. High 36.
We’ll check back in later in the evening with any news of school closings.