Turns out the video wasn’t even in Philadelphia: It was from Washington, D.C., earlier in the week. (You can tell it’s not Philly from the street signs.) But it was an auspicious start to the local news’ nonstop snow coverage this weekend. I knew it was going to be great.
Philadelphia doesn’t really have celebrities. When people get famous nationally, they generally have to leave in order to continue their careers. So instead of celebrities, we have local news anchors. And for some reason Philadelphia has a huge attachment to its local news personalities. I can admit I do, too. (I wrote about Kerri-Lee Halkett — now Kerri-Lee Mayland, and sadly now in Connecticut — a lot when I was in my early 20s blogging for Philadelphia Weekly.) The local news is frequently stupid. Who cares? It’s also always entertaining. And never does the local news shine more than it does during a snowstorm. Read more »
Dentist Glenn F. Schreiber, a hobbyist weather forecaster, said all week on his blog the storm would be bigger than predicted. He was right.
People get really angry at weather forecasters when they’re wrong.
Meteorology is, by its nature, an inexact science. But when the forecast calls for snow and we don’t get it, people get pissed. They call meteorologists charlatans only concerned with ratings. They curse them out on Twitter.
If you follow meteorologists on social media at all, you probably saw a lot of back-slapping over the weekend. We heard pretty much all week that we were going to get a big snowstorm, and we did. People will probably forget this the next time a forecast hits, but the forecasters were right about the big snowstorm this time.
Good evening, Philadelphia. Here’s what we know — and don’t know — as sunset falls on a snow-blanketed region:
District and Catholic schools in Philadelphia will be closed Monday. The announcement from the School District of Philadelphia came late Sunday afternoon: “Due to the snowstorm that occurred over the weekend, all School District of Philadelphia schools are closed for Monday, January 25.” The Archdiocese of Philadelphia also announced that “Archdiocesan high schools and Catholic elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will be closed tomorrow, Monday, January 25, 2016 due to ongoing travel difficulties associated with the weekend’s winter storm.” Also closed are all early childhood and after-school programs and all administrative offices.”
City employees, however, will be on the job: Mayor Jim Kenney declared at a Sunday morning press conference that City Hall will be open. CBS3 reports, however, that there will be no trash or recycling collection on Monday. Read more »
“Despite the historic and daunting conditions of the storm, there were no fatalities or major injuries … due to the response of local and state responders who worked tirelessly to check on vehicles and keep drivers safe,” Mark Smith, a special assistant to the governor, said in a Sunday afternoon blog post.
He added: “Considering the low temperatures, heavy snowfall and number of vehicles trapped, this is a true accomplishment for those first responders, many of whom were from fire departments and other local agencies.” Read more »
Several Philadelphians entertained themselves during the storm this weekend by throwing snowballs at television reporters.
Really! The first to be hit with a snowball was NBC10’s Lauren Mayk, at 11:15 on Friday night at 15th and Sansom streets. She responded beautifully, taking the snowball hit in stride. NBC10 and Mayk, who joined NBC10 last year and used to write for the Inquirer’s South Jersey bureau, declined to talk to Philadelphia magazine about the segment.
The next snowball attack came at 1:39 a.m. at Dilworth Park, when two Philadelphians ran in front of the camera and one of them hit CNN’s Sara Ganim with a snowball. She did not take the snowball throw as smoothly as Mayk did, but she eventually recovered to finish her segment. CNN and Ganim did not respond to a request for comment. (A promise: If anyone ever attacks me with a snowball in the course of my reporting, I will take any and all interview requests.) Read more »
SEPTA has been talking a lot about its new snowblower system, designed to clear the rails in the aftermath of a blizzard like the one we just had. Now we’re getting our first look at it in action, and boy, We’d like to have one of these on our block: Read more »
The blizzard may be over, but there’s plenty of snow left behind. Philadelphians have, of course, been documenting the transition from the end of the storm to cleanup mode. Here are some of the best pics we’ve seen on social media today: Read more »
After two feet or so of snow, the Great Blizzard of 2016 appears to be over. The mess isn’t.
Dawn brought a bright blue sky and temps still freezing cold in the twenties, though Accuweather predicted the high would hit 31 degrees later today. The National Weather Service says: “For Sunday, sunny and dry weather is expected with high temperatures in the lower to middle 30s. This will lead to snowmelt and ponding of water. This water will re-freeze Sunday night when low temperatures plunge into the teens region-wide. Untreated roadways and walkways, particularly bridges and overpasses, will become slippery. This may impact the Monday morning commute.”
It’s important to note: In Philadelphia, the snow emergency remains in effect. Read more »