The expected snow—as of this 5 am writing, it still hasn’t materialized—has led to the shutdown of Philadelphia schools for the day. Trash collection will also be affected. And your commute is unlikely to be fun, should you choose to make it.
Philadelphia Streets Department:
The Streets Department is preparing for the next snow event expected to begin around 6:00 AM on Monday morning, announced Streets Commissioner David J. Perri. Rain is expected overnight tonight prior to changing to snow just in time for the morning rush hour. The Streets Department will deploy 230 pieces of equipment at the height of the storm. Crews will deploy at 3:30 AM to begin treating roads. Primary, secondary and hilly streets will be treated and plowed throughout the event. The snow is expected to fall heavily at times throughout the day and end in the afternoon. Total snow accumulation of between 4-inches to 6-inches is anticipated
As for sanitation: "The forecasted snow accumulations requires trash and recycling collections in rear driveways be suspended for the week of February 3. Citizens must set their collections out on their regularly scheduled collection day at curb side this week."
All of this because of the forecast. Here's the latest from the National Weather Service:
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 expect a changeover 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. Most of the models are in fairly good agreement that were will be accumulating snow. There is, however, one outlier that is allowing for warmer air to move in, as most of the cold air retreats. If that is the case, there will less snow and more rain. We are going to watch this very closely! High 36.
This storm will be a milder one, and although this storm will carry more moisture than past storms, a key missing ingredient will be the polar intrusion.
And this wet snow will not last. Most of it will be plowed away by early evening and I'm not looking for snow build-up on the main highways. Some, yes, but not major. Secondary roadways will become snow-covered, but it will be a wet snow cover.