Not Your Imagination: Philly Really Is One of the Dreariest Big Cities in the U.S.

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Bummer.

Meteorologist Brian Brettschneider has created a “dreariness index” based on an area’s annual precipitation, number of days with precipitation, and cloud coverage. Philadelphia’s index score? Twenty-three out of a maximum score of 30.

Of the country’s 73 biggest cities, only 15 locations are as dreary or more dreary than us.

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It’s Coming: The Massive Snow Dusting of Spring 2015

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While watching the news at home on Sunday, I was amused with the local meteorologists who were warning us that it was going to get “downright cold” by midweek, that “downright cold” being a high of 42-degrees just weeks after actually downright-cold temperatures near zero crippled the region and burst lots of my friends’ pipes. But now, their biggest dreams are coming true thanks to a pretty certain snow prediction for tomorrow, which just happens to be the first day of Spring. Read more »

What Your Evening Commute Will Look Like in Philadelphia

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Perhaps you’re one of the lucky ones, and the only travel you’ve had to do today is to your refrigerator. But if you had to commute to work today, get ready for a snowy, wet and annoying evening commute home.

The National Weather Service is still forecasting 4 to 6 inches for most of the Philadelphia area. The snow should end from the northwest in the late afternoon or early evening hours. Temperatures will continue to drop, and there is a danger of more icing overnight. Read more »

The Best and Worst of Last Night’s TV Weather Madness

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“A monster storm spanning half the country” was how Fox 29 anchor Iain Page kicked off Wednesday night’s 10 o’clock news. It hadn’t yet begun snowing, but forecasts were calling for between 4 and 6 inches. The radar showed that, yes, this storm was quite large. It has been cold this year, but we haven’t gotten a ton of snow accumulation. We were reminded quite often this snowfall could be larger than anything we’d seen in a year. “What could be our biggest snowstorm of the winter begins in just hours,” Page said. Read more »

Schools Closed; Snow Has Arrived

[Update 8:15 a.m.]

The snow has arrived, and the pictures are pouring in on social media.

[Original 5:41 a.m.]

Here are the snow totals for the area, predicted by the National Weather Service as of 4 a.m.

Here are the snow totals for the area, predicted by the National Weather Service as of 4 a.m.

Well, Philadelphia schools are closed today:

And forecasters still say snow is on the way (even though we just looked outside in Center City and saw none):

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What to Expect From the Impending Winter Storm

UPDATE: Mayor Nutter has announced a snow emergency for the city of Philadelphia starting at 6 a.m. Decision about district schools will be made in the morning.

ORIGINAL: With the region barely recovered from the icy nightmare of Sunday night and Monday morning, another major winter event is headed our way Wednesday into Thursday. Here’s what we’re expecting: Read more »

Impending “Snow and Sleet Sandwich” Leads to Early Dismissals, Cancellations

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Did you hear? Of course you’ve heard: More ice and snow is on its way.

The Philadelphia area is actually taking a one-two-three hit from winter weather over the next few days. Phillywx is calling it a “Snow and Sleet Sandwich Storm.” Precipitation started across Pennsylvania earlier on Tuesday, and it is expected to roll into the Philadelphia area in an hour or so.

Your commute home is going to be messy: Per multiple forecasts, snow will be brief. It is expected to change over to sleet right at rush hour and move to freezing rain later in the evening. Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing sometime after 9; Phillywx says “road conditions should gradually improve through the night in the Philadelphia metro.” Read more »

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