Saying he will always err to the side of safety, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is standing by his decision to close government offices Tuesday.
Weather forecasters around the Delaware Valley missed the mark in predicting this winter storm.
At 6am on Tuesday, the Snow Emergency was lifted. Normal parking can resume on Snow Emergency Routes.
The weak clipper system is beginning to intensify off the VA coast this afternoon and will track northward tonight.
What started off looking like light snow last week has become a whopper of a storm, and we will be playing a quick game of snow catch-up starting late Monday into Tuesday.
First up is the clipper system that will spread about 1 to 3 inches of snow from late tonight through Monday morning. Then the clipper changes clothes, moves off the coast and becomes a Nor’easter from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning.
After Saturday’s storm we catch a brief break for the rest of the weekend, before another snowstorm arrives late Sunday night.
But looking at the European ensemble models, there is still discrepancy. More than half of them have a major East Coast storm, but others have a complete miss or a further west track which shifts the heavy snow back west of I-95.
After a beautiful Delaware Valley sunrise, clouds have begun to overspread the region. Any remaining sunshine will be limited for the remainder of the day. On the plus side, temperatures will top out a bit above average, and won’t be accompanied by the same sharp breeze we had Monday.
A chilly rain has overspread much of the Delaware Valley, with some pockets of freezing rain still prevalent.
At this time last year, Philadelphia had already received 20.2″ of snow. So far in 2015, only 0.1″ have fallen.
Although the first half of Tuesday will be dry, expect some wet weather during the afternoon and evening hours.
After a soaking morning across much of the Delaware Valley, many locations are beginning to catch a bit of a break.
Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect for the Poconos, Lehigh Valley and northern Bucks, Montgomery and Chester counties, and Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect for Philadelphia and nearby PA and DE suburbs.
The window for dry roads has about ended. The Delaware Valley is now consumed by rain, which will be mixing and changing to snow in many spots over the next several hours.