As temperatures rose to freezing or above this morning throughout the Philadelphia region, yesterday's snowstorm transformed into a treacherous mess of ice, slush and puddles, making the morning drive tricky.
The light rain that fell overnight left secondary roads and sidewalks treacherous.Vehicles were encased in ice. Indeed, many back roads and local neighborhoods had not been plowed, allowing a glaze of ice to cake over snow.
Much of that melted during the commute, causing puddling and localized flooding. PennDot was warning motorists to allow for extra time. Montgomery Ave was closed from Bowman Ave to Winding Way because of a downed pole.
SEPTA had suspended operations between Thorndale and Malvern Stations because of switch problems but the problem was fixed by 8:50 a.m. The Norristown High Speed Line was operating with local service only every 15 minutes. But it too was back to normal by about 10:15 a.m.
Philadelphia schools opened at the regular time, despite a notice on the district's website that it was "experiencing unusually high volume and is currently unavailable." The district anticipated some yellow school buses may be delayed.
Meanwhile, Camden City schools were opening two hours late.
This morning's rain was likely to continue through early afternoon. Tonight should be cold with lows dipping to about 29.
Then more snow is expected Tuesday before 1 p.m. with a high of 34. The National Weather Service was forecasting one to three inches.
The sun returns Wednesday with a high of 34.
The remainder of the week is expected to be cold, with highs just below or just above freezing.