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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Meet Robert Drake: Philadelphia’s Unofficial Weather Savior

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Over the last several major weather events in Philadelphia, we’ve noticed that more and more people seem to be looking to a guy named Robert Drake on Facebook for what’s really going to be falling from the sky. Drake, best known as a DJ and the producer of WXPN’s Kids Corner, was the first one to pooh-pooh any chance for Snowmageddon in Philadelphia this time around, and he’s been a constant critic of the hype surrounding the forecast. So we got him on the phone to learn more. Read more »

Here’s Why the Subways Ran All Night Last Night

The threat of snow gave many workers in Philadelphia Tuesday off. It also had another benefit: It caused SEPTA to run the Market-Frankford El and Broad Street Line all night.

“When the weather is really bad or bus and trains are suspended,” explains SEPTA spokesperson Jerri Williams, “the subway and elevated lines… can continue to operate and serve riders during the worst conditions.”

Though SEPTA now operates trains 24 hours on weekend nights, the winter weather service is unrelated to that rollout. Williams says SEPTA has run overnight trains during certain snow storms in all her six years with the transit agency.  Overnight, trains ran every 20 minutes.

SEPTA made several service alterations yesterday due to the snow forecast. Currently, all El trains are making all stops. It dispatched additional track inspectors, maintenance crews, signal maintainers and power crews to deal with any problems caused by the snow. Regional rail trains today are operating on a Saturday schedule. The Cynwyd Line is not operating. Additional Regional Rail info is on SEPTA’s website.

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