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
Thunderstorm (Photo credit: m.prinke)
Severe weather is expected throughout the region today, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a number of severe weather alerts across the area. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect through 11:00am. A flood watch is in effect from 10:00am through late tonight.The U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club suspended play this morning due to the severe weather.
The National Weather Service advises people to tie down loose objects and use caution during the morning commute. The forecast calls for periods of moderate to heavy rain with wind and lightning associated with a line of showers and thunderstorms this morning. For an up-to-date forecast and information on the storm visit the National Weather Services website, http://www.weather.gov.
The West Chester Parks & Recreation Department’s May Day Festival of the Arts is quickly approaching, so save the date for SUNDAY, MAY 6 from 11:00AM-4:00PM.
Take part in the free day-long celebration of the arts that’s perfect for the entire family at Everhart Park (100 S. Brandywine Street, West Chester) and weave your way through the wide assortment of quality arts and crafts booths that will offer artisan items for sale. Better yet, the festival offers family entertainment, fresh food, childrens’ make-it and take-it activities, a moon bounce and childrens’ rides. For more information, please call 610-436-9010.
It’s nearly time to ‘spring forward.’ Just a friendly reminder that this weekend is daylight savings time so do not forget to turn your clocks ahead!
At 2 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, March 11, we’ll be springing forward—and losing an hour of the day, for daylight saving time. The good news: sunset will be an hour later. The bad news is we will be loosing an hour of sleep, for me however, I would rather have the sunlight for a little longer everyday because I will have more time for activities outside before dark.
You may have noticed the annual tradition of daylight saving time has crept forward a bit. We used to spring forward on the first Sunday in April and fall back on last Sunday in October. But a couple years ago, Congress changed the date—adding more daylight saving time to the calendar. This year, it will run from March 11 until Nov. 4.
Phil let us down (Photo credit: misterbisson)
Spring is officially a month away today, but the flowers called snowdrops are more likely to appear this week than snowflakes. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday could see highs in the low 60s – marks more commonly found in early April. So much for Punxsatawney Phil’s Groundhog’s Day prediction of six more weeks of winter.
Today and Tuesday should have highs of about 50 – just above the low expected Thursday night. Normal for this time of year are lows in the upper 20s and highs in the mid 40s. The week also has a chance to be a damp one, with showers mentioned as a possibility – not a probability – Tuesday afternoon and night, Wednesday night, and Thursday into Friday. The best chance for rain is 50-50 Friday. The weekend should clear up but cool down, with more seasaonal highs in the mid 40s and lows near freezing in the city.
Heavy rain’s the main concern today for Philadelphia and its suburbs, while areas to the west and north could see snow on the ground by Thursday morning. Predicted snow accumulations range from a coating to an inch in outer Chester, Montgomery and Bucks Counties, to two to four inches for Reading and Allentown, to perhaps six inches in the Poconos. With up to three inches possible in places, a flood advisory will be in effect from 10 a.m. to late tonight from central Delaware to central Jersey.
Small streams and the usual poorly drained low-lying streets are likeliest to flood, potentially causing traffic headaches for both the morning and afternoon commutes – and, for some spots, perhaps even into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight, those western and northern areas should be snow mix in, followed by a changeover to just snow. Then colder temperatures will settle in, with highs in the 40s through the weekend, and lows around freezing mark for a few nights, followed by dips into the 20s Saturday and Sunday.
Some residents remain without power after Saturday’s storm and are reminded that, for future storms, personal preparedness is crucial. “The first thing we do is we urge everybody to be prepared, to take personal preparedness seriously,” said Robert Kagel, spokesman for the county’s Emergency Services Department. “Be sure to think about the things you need every single day of your life and know where they are so you can gather them quickly and be prepared.” Kagel said heavy clothing and winter blankets ought to be added to personal emergency kits should any kind of emergency arise during the winter season.
The emergency services department coordinates with hospitals, dialysis center providers, schools and home health care agencies, so that each one has a plan in the face of extreme weather, such as snowstorms, and that each has a generator and is well-staffed. “We’re ready for whatever Mother Nature is going to throw at us,” said Kagel. Kagel said the department will be prepared and is in close contact with the National Weather Service and commercial weather systems, although predictions about this winter season’s snowfall have yet to be made. “There’s nothing that’s pointing to being above or below normal (yet), so it’s tough to say what we’re going to see this winter,” said Jason Krekeler, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in central Pennsylvania.
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