Snow over

Fears that snow would bedevil the late-afternoon commute aren't going to materialize.

To the north and west of the city, the snow has all but shut off, and frozen precipitation continues to be a non-issue from the city on south and east.

As mentioned, this storm was a case study in the region's diverse micro-climates, with snow total varying from nothing to 4.7 inches in Elverson, Chester County.

Several locations in Philadelphia's neighboring Pennsylvania counties reported totals of 3-plus inches.

But Philadelphia, itself, still awaits it's first measureable snowfall of the season. Here are the latest snow totals.

Evidently, a few miles -- not to mention a few hundred feet, straight up -- made all the differences.

Snow evidently was heaviest in elevated areas north and west of the city, where the Piedmont begins a long, slow climb toward the Appalachians.

"It truly was like a fall line snowstorm," said Tony Gigi, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.

Temperatures decrease with height. In addition, snowflakes intercepted by a 400-foot elevation have less time to melt.

Once the storm goes away, the next few days will have a decidedly December chill as the region is about to log its coldest November since 1996.

But just to keep us guessing, December will begin with November-like warmth with temperatures heading well into the 50s.