More snow expected Thursday morning
The system that dropped up to 3 inches of snow on the Philadelphia area Sunday night is having a rippling effect this morning as forecasters keep an eye on a developing coastal storm that could bring several inches to the region by Thursday morning.
About 120 schools or school districts in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey are opening late today and police are warning that unplowed secondary roads and side streets are slippery, even icy.
Black ice was cited in a six-vehicle accident on Street Road and Bristol Pike in Bensalem in midmorning.
Philadelphia International Airport, in the meantime, is bouncing back from a day when 195 flights were delayed and 56 others were canceled.
Passengers say some of them were stuck on the runways for several hours after the FAA imposed a ground delay Sunday night because of the snow.
One flight, US Airways 1777 to Seattle, left the gate and returned three time because of a back up in deicing planes before it was finally cancelled.
About 300 people spent the night at the airport and passengers this morning reported long lines at some security checkpoints.
PATCO is reporting delays of 15 to 30 minutes because of equipment trouble.
A coastal storm is expected to affect the area Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
The National Weather Service says preliminary projections show accumulations of 6 to 8 inches in the immediate Philadelphia area, 4 to 6 inches in the outer suburbs and 2 to 4 inches at the shore before 7 a.m. Thursday, with possibly more afterward.
The potential for out-size rumors prompted the weather service to post then estimate a good 60 hours before the expected arrival of the first flakes, said Gary Szatkowski, chief meteorologist at the Mount Holly office. In the Facebook/Twitter era, storms can take on a legendary life well before they exist.
"We're already seeing signs of some irresponsible behavior," he said.
Meanwhile, in a Monday morning tweet, he attempted to inject some into the forecast.
"Now, now, I'm hearing moaning & groaning about more snow," he tweeted Monday morning. "Put things in perspective. At least we haven't issued a 'glacier watch' (yet)."