Would you like to be in contact with John Bolaris all the time? You are in luck. The Philadelphia weatherman is now offering a “weather concierge” service.
For the low, low price of $500 a month, Bolaris will be in contact with you via “phone, email and text” seven days a week at the times you designate. No days off all summer! Never accuse this guy of not working hard: If you pay him that $500 a month — or $1500 for the whole summer, May 15th to September 15th — he will literally talk with you every day if you so wish. Read more »
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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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 »
We know lots of you are completely frazzled after a long snow day at home with your kids on Thursday, so we hope you have plenty of alcohol in the house when we give you this news: Your kids aren’t going to school on Friday. Read more »
[Update: 2:50 p.m.] More pictures!
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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 »
“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 »
[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.
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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In advance of tonight’s expected storm, Mayor Michael Nutter has announced that a snow emergency will be declared for Philadelphia starting at 6 a.m. (See the latest National Weather Service briefing here.)
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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 »