Snow: 2 p.m. update

The region's roads have improved dramatically as the snow has backed off and temperatures are around freezing.

Between about 11 and 12:30 the plowed roads went from white to slush in a hurry.

The preliminary snow totals for Round 1 are almost shockingly high, with up to 6 inches reported in parts of Chester County, and 4 to 6 generally in the Pennsylvania suburbs.

Yes, that was about 4 to 6 inches more than anticipated.

Round 2 is still due to show up late in the day or by nightfall at the latest, which means that the evening commute could get ugly.

Snow could come down at the rate of 1 to 2 inches an hour for a time, with lightning and thunder possible.

The expected additional accumulation is 4 to 8 inches, which means that some places could end up going over a foot total.