So far, the Philadelphia region has seen 14 snow falls this season. As a result, many counties and municipalities are having a tough time keeping rock salt stockpiled. But many local hardware stores are facing the same problem.
It might be meteorological spring today, but everything else points to the dead of winter.
The Marinos replaced their roof but are still waiting to clean up the mess from the February 5th storm.
The state has bought 77,000 tons of salt so far and doled out over 82,000 hours of overtime pay to employees. That comes out to over $13 million spent in winter storm costs, nearly four times the amount originally budgeted.
We continue to monitor a developing system for Sunday night and Monday that looks like one of our bigger winter storms of this stormy season.
Philadelphia was just shy of tying a record low Friday morning with the thermometer bottoming out at 11 degrees.
Friday morning will be frigid. Philadelphia will challenge the record of 9 degrees, set in 1934. If that is not bad enough, wake up wind chills will be around -10.
After a frigid Friday, temperatures rebound ever so slightly as we welcome in March this weekend, but we will also welcome yet another winter storm, our 15th of the season.
As we continue to move through winter, budget impacts on agencies like SEPTA are beginning to be felt and so far, it’s in the millions of dollars.
Reinforcing blasts of cold air will move through the area for the remainder of the month of February, dragging temperatures well below normal. It’s a fitting end to what has been a harsh winter month so far!
You won’t need the shovels this time around, but light snow is breaking out across parts of the region this morning.
Kirkpatrick says the problem with salt is not a lack of supply but rather a problem with distribution, so commercial haulers will work around-the-clock for the next week or so to get extra supplies into the state.
The snow will clear the coast around noon. Wednesday afternoon will be sunny and blustery!
Expect light snow to develop before daybreak and end mid-late morning on Wednesday.
Snow piles remain and anything you see on the ground now will be with us for some time, as much colder air plunges into the region from the arctic.