Snow, rain, water ice

On March 18 and 19, 1956, a surprise storm bestowed over 8 inches of snow on Philadelphia, and two years laters, the famous equinox storm buried parts of Chester County under 3 feet of heavy, wet snow.

Nothing like that is happening, but the National Weather Service has just issued a winter-weather advisory for 1 to 3 inches of snow for Bucks, Chester and Montgomery Counties.

The adivsory in in effect until 1 a.m.

After a raw, foreboding day, precipitation finally broke through the dry air late in the day, and some parts of the region already are getting a quick accumulation.

We've seen reports of up to a half-inch of snow in the colder portions of Chester and Montgomery Counties, with ice balls falling elsewhere.

Radar shows the rain/snow line to be near the Delaware River.

Temperatures north and west of the city are near freezing, and were a chilly 30 in Doylestown at 6 p.m.

Philadelphia was reporting mixed precipitation, and the forecasts still call for a changeover to plain rain throughout the region tonight.

In the meantime, some back roads may be slick, so be careful.