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 »

West Philly’s “Icehouse” Is Demolished

Well, that was a good run for the “Icehouse,” the West Philly medical center-turned icy tourist attraction after a mid-winter fire:

The “icehouse” of course, became an Instagram fave almost immediately when firefighters who were putting out the blaze doused the building with thousands of gallons of water in subzero temperatures.
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Philly Is About the Coldest It Has Been In A Century

Baby, it’s cold outside. Really, really cold. And this whole week is going to be either very cold, or simply pretty cold and snowy. Either way, if you hate winter, this week will be everything you hate about it.

The National Weather Service serves it all up in an all-caps bulletin:

…DANGEROUSLY COLD WEATHER THIS MORNING WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A
SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL TONIGHT AND EARLY TUESDAY, AND THEN A RETURN
TO EXCESSIVE COLD THURSDAY AND FRIDAY…

.A WEEK OF HIGH IMPACT WINTER WEATHER IS AT HAND. THIS MORNINGS
TEMPERATURES ARE IN THE PROCESS OF NEARING RECORDS. WIND CHILL WAS
NEAR 35 BELOW ZERO IN THE POCONOS AND 10 TO 20 BELOW ZERO OVER
MUCH OF THE REMAINDER OF OUR AREA.

A QUICK HITTING SNOW EVENT OCCURS TONIGHT AND ENDS BY MID MORNING
TUESDAY.

THE OUTLOOK BEYOND…IS FOR A PERIOD OF ACCUMULATIVE SNOW SHOWERS
OR SQUALLS LATE WEDNESDAY FOLLOWED BY A RETURN OF NEAR RECORD COLD
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. HIGH TEMPERATURES TEMPERATURES BOTH THURSDAY
AND FRIDAY WILL PROBABLY AVERAGE 25 TO 30 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL!

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Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Philly, Region

This map from the National Weather Service shows that big snowfalls are a possibility north of Philadelphia.

This map from the National Weather Service shows that big snowfalls are a possibility north of Philadelphia.

Remember Sunday, when it felt like spring in Philadelphia? That’s ancient history. Today’s forecast in the region? Freezing rain, sleet and snow.

So says the National Weather Service, which has issued a winter weather advisory for Philadelphia and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania, and Camden, Burlington, and Ocean counties in New Jersey. Freezing rain and sleet during the day is expected to turn to snow tonight, creating travel problems throughout the region.
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A Super Bowl Sunday Snowstorm for Philadelphia?

Just when we’d all finally calmed down from the disappointing, infuriating and wholly inconveniencing weather-prediction debacle of earlier this week — there’s more snow in the forecast. But this time, it seems that the various models used by forecasters aren’t all saying completely different things, which — at least theoretically — means that the local forecasts should be more right, or at least less wrong. Here’s a rundown of what to expect on Super Bowl Sunday. Or maybe what not expect. Who knows?!

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What Your Favorite Philly Weather Forecaster Says About You

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In this town, there’s no shortage of meteorologists to turn to when you want to spend hours listening to hyped-up, laughably inaccurate forecasts while sending burnt offerings to the Snow Day Gods.

As this morning’s dusting proved, there’s no way you select your go-to forecaster based on accuracy. And yet, we all have a favorite, that one familiar face that we look to winter after winter when we’re low on personal days and high on misplaced hope.

So what does your favorite Philly forecaster say about you? We took some cues from the pros and glanced at a few charts, ran random numbers and consulted a leaky Magic 8 Ball to bring you this extremely unscientific analysis that will be of absolutely no help. We’ve also crunched the data to determine how you’d most likely save your parking spot. Be sure to check back throughout the day for non-updates, speculation and backpedaling.

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