Nor'easter gone, more snow on way
The nor'easter that crippled the region yesterday dumped more than 20 inches in parts of Chester County, according to newly revised figures - and a bit more could be on the way for the entire Philadelphia region.
The official National Weather Service reading at the Philadelphia International Airport was 11.5 inches of snow. But totals varied with West Caln, Chester County, recording 20.2 inches. Allentown, Lehigh County, with 18.8 inches - good news for skiers on a long President's Day weekend.
New Jersey saw higher amounts farther north, with Florence, Burlington County, seeing 12.7 inches and Washington Township, Gloucester County, seeing 12.7 inches. The shore was largely spared.
With 54.1 inches of snow so far as of this morning, the winter was already fifth snowiest on record - with more than a month to go. It is second snowiest as of this date, Feb. 14. But official records are still being entered, meaning it could climb another notch by tomorrow.
In addition, measurable snow depth has reached well over two-feet in some areas, as the remnants of previous storms have lingered. For example, East Nanteal, in Chester County, has 27 inches of snow still on the ground.
Even though the most recent storm is gone, its effects rippled through the region this morning with many school districts, such as Philadelphia, closed. Many, such as Cherry Hill, opened late. Philadelphia's government offices closed - giving workers there, who had off Thursday, an unexpected five day holiday through Monday.
SEPTA rail lines experienced delays in the morning and most bus routes had limited service and detours. Check septa.org for the latest updates.
Neither PECO in Pennsylvania nor PSEG in South Jersey reported major outages, unlike in last week's ice storm.
But another storm system in the form of a quick moving clipper system will move into the area tonight and could produce more snow Saturday. That system should be much weaker and without as much moisture and is only expected to drop a few inches at most.
But there is good news on the horizon with a warming trend expected mid-week.
We should see a high of about 39 today, Friday, with a slight chance of snow showers in the morning. Then the clipper system arrives overnight dropping a dusting of snow.
Snow is forecast for Saturday morning with a high of 34. Accumulation could range from 1 to 3 inches. Then the system will quickly move away.
Sunday will be partly sunny and cold, with a high of 28.
Monday - a federal and state holiday - will see a high of 35. The bad news is that many school children who would have had off, won't because of rescheduling after snow days. Philadelphia students will still have off, however. (Technically, the federal holiday is known as Washington's Birthday. Some states, such as Pennsylvania, refer to it as Presidents Day)
The air should warm by Wednesday and Thursday, with highs possibly nearing 50.