Yesterday was a wild day across the area. I actually got out and walked around a bit with my dad and sister and we witnessed the wrath of this storm first-hand. First of all, we saw a car go slipping and sliding down the road into a snow drift. While my dad was trying to push the car out of the drift, I noticed that a large branch had fallen on a transformer box and was on fire. Shortly after, it exploded in a shower of colorful sparks and flame. This marked the beginning of a 20 hour period in which we did not have power. In fact, we only just got power at 11:00. Although I don’t have a yardstick to out and measure the snow with, I think I got about 20 inches. That’s all from me, for now.
I only have one word to say about this storm: WOW. There were hundreds of thousands of power outages around the area and area highways were closed to public traffic. Winds are still howling here, I officially measured 18.8 inches of snow (average because of snow drifts). Every school in our coverage are closed and many driveways still haven’t been plowed yet. After hearing a few stories about people getting stuck and losing power for the whole night, I have concluded that this storm will be remembered for many years to come.
Here are the top 10 totals from around the area:
1. East Nanmeal in Chester Co. – 26.8 inches
2. South Coventry in Chester Co. – 26.1″
3. Willistown in Chester Co. – 24.0″
4. Eagleville in Montgomery Co. – 23.0″
5. Montgomeryville in Montgomery Co. – 22.4″
6. Abington in Montgomery Co. – 22.3″
7. Trappe in Mont Co. – 22.0″
8. Ridley Park in Delaware Co. – 21.5″
9. Perkasie in Bucks Co. – 21.0″
10. Sellersville in Bucks Co. 21.0″
Note that the top total in NJ was Ewing in Mercer County with 18.7 inches of snow.
Also note that Philadelphia reached a snowfall record of 72.1, beating their old snowfall by 7 inches.
Coming Later Today: Forecast, comment from Brett (if he has power), and looking toward the next storm
Blog-Master Jason: Here is the three day forecast for the Philaburbia Coverage Area
Tonight: Snow ending, then becoming mostly cloudy. Watching for blowing and drifting snow. Low 24
Tomorrow: Very windy and cold. Mostly cloudy with a few sporadic peeks of sunshine. Hi 31
Tomorrow Night: Finally becoming mostly clear. Winds still persisting, though.Low 21
Friday: Sunny skies, perfect day to sled and get out of the house. Hi 33 Low 18
Saturday: Mostly Sunny and chilly. Hi 30 Low 18
Here is a satellite image of the storm right before it arrived in our area: