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The first foretaste of winter: snow, sleet and heavy rain cause disorder on all roads



What You Should Know

  • Thursday snow, sleet and heavy rain are expected. The roads could be slippery during the day.

  • For Philly, in the north of the state of Delaware, a first alert is issued until midnight, pointing north and west.

  • Heavy rain then becomes a problem for the entire region until midnight. Localized floods are possible.

On Thursday night, a storm brought snow, sleet and rain to most regions of the region, with streets grumbling throughout the area and many schools closed early.

And it's not over yet. A first alert due to snow, ice and heavy rain will continue throughout the region until midnight, with the exception of Central and South Delaware and South Jersey.

Between 5 and 7 inches of snow fell in the Lehigh Valley, while up to 8 inches fell in Bucks County. The counties of Montgomery and Chester saw a little over five inches of snow, while the Philadelphia area was three inches. In New Jersey, Burlington, Camden and Mercer fell 4 to 5 inches, while in Gloucester and Burlington 3 to 4 inches fell counties.

NBC10 First Alert Weather: 11am Winterstorm Update   NBC10 First Alert Weather: 11am Winterstorm Update

The big blizzard set in on Thursday at 10am before changing to sleet and rain around 2pm The mixture resulted in a muddy mess on the roads that caused accidents and delays in the area. In the Philadelphia area and the surrounding suburbs, rain continues and should last until Friday morning.

The rain caused localized floods in parts of the area, including I-76 in the area of ​​South Street.

Power outages are also a problem as ice continues to build up. The biggest problem areas are Bensalem, Abington and Exton.

The combination of changeable weather caused deceptive conditions and poor visibility for drivers. Both SEPTA and Amtrak suffered cancellations and delays during the day and at night.

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Philadelphia International Airport also reported delays and cancellations and recommended passengers to check their flight status.

At least a dozen flights have been canceled or delayed and are expected to last until 6pm, PIA spokeswoman Diane Gerace said. Other flights could also be delayed or canceled as the day progressed.

Rain showers continue until early Friday morning, but end before sunrise. Meanwhile, the weekend is dry but cool with temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

And if you have not had a chance yet to try it out, meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz shared his annual Long Range Winter Weather Forecast and it looks like this storm is the first of its kind be many this winter.


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