Snowpocalypse? Not Now.

So much for Snowmageddon. In Philadelphia, at least, the latest “storm of the century” is turning out to be a big dud.

One revised forecast this morning put expected accumulation at 1 to 3 inches of snow in Philadelphia. As late as 10 p.m. Monday, Mayor Nutter said forecasters were still expecting 6 to 10 inches for the city. It appears they were wrong.
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Here’s the Latest on What You’re Going to Wake Up To Tomorrow

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Update 10:15 p.m.: Mayor Nutter just held the day’s final press conference, saying that all city government offices will be closed Tuesday; Philadelphia’s public and parochial schools will also be shut down for the day.

“There will be no activity on the city side, as well as the school side, for tomorrow,” Nutter said.

The call was made on the National Weather Service’s most recent forecast — “as of about 10 minutes ago,” Nutter said — that the city would receive 6 to 10 inches of snow starting during the overnight hours from Monday into Tuesday.

“We are still anticipating very heavy (snowfall) activity from midnight to 7 a.m.,” Nutter said.

He asked Philadelphia residents to look out for and assist senior citizens and homeless residents. He also urged drivers to stay off the road Tuesday morning, giving snow plows a chance to do their work before traffic resumes. “If you don’t need to be out in the morning, do your best to stay in,” Nutter said.

As previously announced, trash and recycling pickup for Tuesday has been canceled.

[Original] All of the meteorologists that we’ve talked to agree: This particular winter storm has been a very hard one to predict. But here’s what we do know as of 9:30 p.m. Monday.

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Tom Wolf Does Weather Channel Interview From His Jeep

It's a Jeep thing. You wouldn't understand. | Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

It’s a Jeep thing. You wouldn’t understand. Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Gov. Wolf was on the Weather Channel Monday morning talking about the Big Snow coming to the East Coast.

He did the interview with AMHQ‘s Sam Champion by phone from — where else? — his Jeep. This thing is really not going away, huh?

“I’m driving on Route 83 right now in my Jeep,” said Wolf while discussing the effectiveness of PennDOT’s preparations. “I think it’s important that everybody feel comfortable that we’re doing everything possible to make sure that we’re prepared.”

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Big Snow Arrives Today

Looks like you’ll finally get a chance to put Philly Mag’s Ultimate Guide to Sledding in Philadelphia to the test. Snow is expected to arrive in the city today — and depending on which forecast you believe, we could be in store for quite a lot of it.

“A ‘potentially historic’ storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said,” AP reports. “Boston is expected to get 18 to 24 inches of snow, with up to 3 feet west of the city, and Philadelphia could see 14 to 18 inches, the weather service said.”

That’s why — as we told you last night — Philly’s public and parochial schools are closing at noon today.

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Weather Watch: Philly Schools Close Early Monday

With a big snowstorm bearing down on the region, Philly school officials said tonight that classes will be dismissed at noon Monday across the district. The city’s Catholic schools are also reportedly dismissing at noon.

“Very hazardous conditions are expected from Monday afternoon through mid day Tuesday!” the National Weather Service at Mount Holly reports. “The combination of windy conditions (wind gusts up to 50 mph) and the snow will result in blizzard conditions in northeast New Jersey. For the rest of the region, some blowing snow is possible.”
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