Saturday, April 18, 2015

Snow over

Close to 5 inches reported in Chesco, as storm winds down.

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.

 

Inquirer Weather Columnist
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Everyone talks about the weather, and here we write about it.

When we’re around and conditions warrant, we’ll keep you updated about what’s coming, but we will do our best always to discuss weather and climate developments in context and remind you that nothing in the atmosphere happens in a vacuum.

Tony Wood has been writing about the atmosphere for The Inquirer for 26 years.

Reach Tony at twood@phillynews.com.

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