Monday, December 22, 2014

Snow, rain, water ice

Snow and messy mix has left an icy coating north and west of Philly.

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.

Tony Wood Inquirer Weather Columnist
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