Attention Residents of West Chester: Did you know that the Borough of West Chester offers a system in order to contact residents with important information relating to weather situations and other emergencies? With the recent winter weather conditions that our area has been experiencing it’s very beneficial to join to ensure you and your family’s safety. You can add or update your current information by clicking here. For more information visit the Borough of West Chester official website, www.west-chester.com.
More than 400,000 people in the region still are without power, and many will remain without power through the weekend. As of 1:00PM Thursday, about 410,000 customers were without power, PECO said, down from a high of more than 623,000 Wednesday evening.
In a notice to customers on its website, PECO wrote that it hoped to restore power to a majority of its customers by Friday night, but warned that many will be without power through Sunday. PECO has brought in outside contractors, it said, and more than 3,500 people are working to restore service. You can report an outage to PECO by calling 1-800-841-4141.
If you are still without power there are a number of shelters across the Chester County area. Also, the Brandywine River Museum is offering free admission for the entire day stating, “Heat is on and the art is inspiring!”
There is a winter storm watch that will take effect tomorrow morning through late Tuesday night (Tuesday January 21, 2014). Below are some details of what to expect tomorrow during the storm.
- Hazard types – snow
- Snow accumulations – 4 to 7 inches possible.
- Timing – snowfall will begin Tue morning and continue into Tue evening with heaviest snowfall expected Tue afternoon and evening.
- Impacts – accumulating snowfall could cause periods of hazardous travel across the area.
- Winds – north 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
- Temperatures – in the lower 20s.
A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts and if traveling remain extra cautious.
A snow storm moved through the region Thursday, closing schools and wreaking havoc with roads and traffic. According to the National Weather Service, here’s how much snow the region got on Thursday night and Friday morning:
- East Nantmeal: 8.0 inches
- West Caln Twp.: 7.0 inches
- East Coventry Twp.: 6.5 inches
- Exton: 6.3 inches
- Thorndale: 6.1 inches
- Devault: 5.7 inches
- West Chester: 5.5 inches
- Nottingham: 5.5 inches
- Warwick: 5.4 inches
- Marshallton: 5.3 inches
- Chester Springs: 5.0 inches
- Atglen: 4.6 inches
- Glenmoore: 4.5 inches
- Chadds Ford: 8.0 inches
Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs are under a winter weather advisory in anticipation of Wednesday afternoon snowfall, according to the National Weather Service. The advisory, which is in effect from 4 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday, calls for “periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain” that could make travel difficult.
“Mixed precipitation will change to rain during the day before changing back to all snow toward the evening,” the advisory states. “Temperatures are forecast to be above freezing and this will assist melting … [but] some slushy accumulations are likely throughout the area.”
The NWS advises that travel will likely get more difficult as the day progresses and that residents should be aware of possible power outages resulting from high winds. Temperatures are forecasted to be in the mid-to-upper 30s, with wind gusts up to 45 mph. To stay up to date with the changing weather conditions visit http://www.weather.com.