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the rain turn to snow. and then the changeover started in philadelphia just a little while ago. it's sort of a mix now as the windshield wiper on our camera goes on. the snowflakes just started falling within the last 45 minutes. and first alert radar is tracking the storm. you see those snow bands moving in and closer to new jersey and delaware. there is a lot more wintry weather to come, and we have you covered. good morning. this is nbc 10 news today. i'm tracy davidson. the most powerful part of this long-winded storm is working its way into our area this morning. schools are anticipating the storm already. there are newly 200 school closings right now. they're scrolling at the bottom of your screen. also on our nbc 10 app. they're updated minute by minute. a snow emergency begins in philadelphia at 6:00 a.m. meantime, a state of emergency is already in effect in new jersey to coordinate the response. we have storm force 10 on the roads to show you what conditions are like. this is a live picture along 95 north. in south philadelphia as the
changeover of snow happens, we'll be checking for any slippery spots. right now windshield wipers on and it just looks wet on the roads. we have a whole team of reporters spread out monitoring the conditions in pennsylvania, new jersey and delaware. and here in our studios, we're tracking the storms and the roads and the travel impact. let's begin with meteorologist britney shipp to get you updated. >> i'm watching the changeover from rain to snow depending on where you live. some people are seeing rain some snow some more of a wintry mix. let's take you straight to the radar. i'll show you exactly what's happening. the green you can see for south jersey, most of the shore, all rainfall. but if you live in the poconos, lehigh valley, allentown it's mainly starting to move into parts of philadelphia. rain starting to change over to snow at this time. same thing for darby. there's a live look at 95. you can see the roads are wet, but we're not really seeing any flakes flying across our video
camera just yet. so we will continue to monitor the situation, and it will happen in the next 15 minutes or so. it will take a lot longer before we start to see snow moving down into parts of south jersey and along the shore. here's our future weather. it shows when everything is going to take place. so closer to 5:00 a.m. you'll notice that most of the snow is going to be to the south of philadelphia. starting to move into parts of millville. just to the north of atlantic city. it will not be until 7:00, 8:00 that we start to see the changeover taking place for atlantic city right along the shore. one of the last places to switch over will be cape may. dover will be seeing accumulating snow at that time. closer to your lunchtime hour all of the dark blue you see here on our computer model, that is more of a moderate to heavy snow coming down. that's accumulating snow. and if you notice most of the snow is going to happen in this region right here. wilmington stretching all the way to new mount holly. millville also included. that's the bull's-eye of the ice tell system.
this is what i was referring to. you can see by dover stretching out to camden gloucester burlington that's a six to nine-inch rain. that's where we'll see our most impressive snowfall amounts. four to seven. most of our suburb locations. and then closer to the lehigh valley, that's where we are going to see two to four inches. so typically with these systems those are the areas that see more snow. the poconos and lehigh valley, that is not the case with this system. it's going to be situated mainly to south jersey. i'll go over all the details about what you can expect in your neighborhood, how much snow coming up when i see you again. but for now let's take a closer look at the roads with jillian mele watching for any trouble spots. >> good morning, britney. in the lehigh valley this is route 22 at airport road. and the roads are just wet so far. same thing goes for i-78 and 295. headed to bucks county you see that light snowfall coming down. this is a live look. 202 parkway and bristol road. again, the roads are wet.
same thing in center city philadelphia. vine street expressway, free of any accidents, which is good news. it is quiet as far as traffic goes on the highways. not dealing with any delays. and no big accidents out there at all. for drivers in delaware if you're heading out the door, this is what it looks like on 495 right at philadelphia pike. 495 is quiet as far as the traffic goes. and same thing for the majors in new jersey. tracy? our first alert team coverage continues with nbc 10's katiey zachry live in pottstown where it's been snowing for about an hour. tell us what the conditions are like. actually we can see them, those are pretty big flakes. >> reporter: yeah they are pretty big flakes. you can see how quickly they're coming down. the changes in the last half hour tracy, the temperature has gotten a degree colder. it's at 32 right at the freezing mark. because of that the snow is sticking to surfaces now sidewalks, parking lots. not the major roads. that's pretty much clear of any accumulation. but in terms of accumulation
you have a slight dusting on the surfaces i just mentioned. and also on surfaced where we have snow piles from storms over the last few days and weeks that we've had. so here up in pottstown and throughout montgomery county schools are already closed or delayed. i've been checking in on pottstown schools haven't gotten an answer on that definitively, but throughout montgomery county, school officials have already called for closures or delays because of the storm coming through. and right now in the last few minutes, we're really seeing the effects of it. it's leaving its mark and it's not leaving any time soon. we know it's going to be like this over the next few hours. so we're going to monitor the conditions. right now the snow is picking up. the flakes are bigger and it's getting colder. reporting live in pottstown, katy zachry. we take you to the poconos. the rain changed over to snow first north and west of philadelphia. so we saw snow earlier this morning here at camelback. we're still seeing some flakes. this is a live look at the ski resort.
they will have no need to make it today because it's coming from mother nature. let's show you another live picture to give you an idea of the conditions. this is south philadelphia where the changeover happening over the last 45 minutes. the roads are still just wet because it's so warm. but the temperatures are starting to drop. also nchltsbc on henry avenue in roxboro overnight. philadelphia's snow emergency goes into effect in a couple hours at 6:00 a.m. which means you have to get your car out of those designated snow emergency routes or the city will tow them. nbc 10's monique braxton is live another snow emergency route, cottman avenue. monique, what are you seeing right now? >> reporter: hi, tracy. in the past 10 or 15 minutes the cold rain now has an icy component. we're along the snow route here on cottman avenue. you can see that there are still two cars. another one down the block, a third car. they all need to be out of here by 6:00. i checked with the philadelphia parking authority before i went
to bed last night to get an update so we'd have that information for you this morning. they told us there will be three lots across the city, and at those three lots can you park 24 hours for a flat rate of $5. we'll have that list for you on our website. also on nbc news app. over to the left here my photographer, wayne wright has been busy with me. you can see folks have their trash out. they also have their curbside recycling out. that has been canceled for the day according to the city. they're asking that residents will hold this until next week. friday collections must be set at curbside for pickup and no rear drive collection friday and all of next week. and that of course is to allow the plows a chance to clear the streets and then clear those back driveways behind these houses here that you see in mayfair. now, i also learned from the streets department that as of midnight they had about 350
pieces of equipment ready to roll when the snow begins to fall. they're going to do the snow emergency route first. their primary roads, the secondary roads and then of course the residential streets. now, we've been monitoring the school conditions here. as tracy mentioned, more than 200 schools are already closed. we're awaiting a call -- return call now from philadelphia and the archdiocese. we'll have that for you coming up in the next half hour. live for now from mayfair, monique braxton nbc 10 news. now let's look at camden. here's a live look. new jersey governor christie went on twitter last night to declare a state of emergency in new jersey which means the state can work with local governments. christie urged people to stay off the roads as much as possible. also state offices in new jersey will delay opening until 11:00 this morning. camden county is prepared workers delivered 1,000en tos s tons of salt there yesterday.
crews reported at midnight to begin hitting the road with salt trucks and plows. now let's get you updated on that changeover and the drop in temperatures. first alert meteorologist britney shipp is tracking the storm as the rain changes over to snow. britney? >> that's right, i'm tracking exactly where that's happening. if you take a closer look at our radar, if you're closer to cherry hill you're seeing rain but shortly it's going to be switching over to snowfall. we're starting to see that changeover. and then as we take a closer look at national park it is mainly rain right now but it is going to change over. as we take a closer look atop of comcast center tower, you can see it's mainly raindrops coming down. but shortly once again our radar showing us that that changeover is taking place right now. into marlboro same thing. the snow is just starting in those regions. and then as we take a closer look right along south jersey and the shore, it's mainly rainfall. closer to the lehigh valley and
the poconos, mainly snow. so we're watching as the snow continues to transition from the northern parts of our area to the southern parts. but it is going to take a while as we head into the rest of your morning hours. so closer to 5:00 6:00 that's when we'll start to see most of the snow just to the south of philadelphia. but it will not be until 7:00, 8:00 in the morning that we see the snow changing over in atlantic city and also stretching into cape may. but once this system gets going, we are going to see most of the accumulating snow in south jersey just to the north of the shore. philadelphia's going to pick up four to seven inches. and we'll see our least amounts closer to the poconos in the lehigh valley. so that's unusual for us. those are normally the locations that see the most snowfall. by 6:00 p.m. we start to see the snow tapering off, which is a good thing as you head home from work. you will notice our temperatures will drop down into the low 20s by 9:00 10:00 at night. it's going to stay that way into friday. two to four inches for the lehigh valley. allentown, bethlehem, reading,
all in that range. four to seven doylestown pottstown. if you are closer to gloucester county camden county, burlington county, that's six to nine inches. newcastle county all included. four to seven inches. our impact for today includes falling temperatures and also bitter cold conditions expected tomorrow. i'll go over more details when i see you again. tracy? >> britney, thanks for that. is nothing is sticking on the roads now because it's been so warm but conditions will be changing. jillian mele is following that. >> i have a feeling conditions will change throughout the rush hour. this is our radar. as i zoom this into norristown the shades of the darker blue that's the snowfall that's already changed over from rain to snow. as we pull this live camera out right from that location, this is the mid-county toll plaza. you see the roads are still wet. even though we are seeing that
snowfall come down and in some cases especially as katy zachry showed us pretty thick snowflakes out there it's still not creating problems on the highways but the roads are wet. you need to slow down and take your time even if you're not seeing snow sticking to the ground just yet. septa operating on a regular schedule. patco operating on a snow schedule. amtrak northeast corridor, operating on a modified schedule today. and finally dart is operating on a regular schedule. tracy? our coverage on this winter storm continues. nbc 10's matt delucia is live in gloucester county with the conditions changing there. count on nbc 10 for the latest school closing information. it will always be scrolling at the bottom of your screen updated on our app. you can also sign up for nbc 10 alerts for your child's school. we'll e-mail you or send you a text. you can sign up on the nbc 10 or on nbc10.com.
4:15 and the snow is falling. pretty hard. this is a live picture in pottstown, montgomery county. changeover there happened more than an hour ago. so it's been falling pretty steadily there. snow also falling in center city philadelphia. it's been a mix there for the last 45 minutes. you can see it from our camera. very wet on the lens. and now a live picture from cape may. right now the jersey shore is seeing all rain. snow is on the way. brittney shipp says the changeover will happen in cape may, one of the last places to see the changeover to snow. now, nbc 10's matt delucia is live in pittman clou zestgloucester county. what are you seeing?
>> reporter: we are still waiting for that changeover as well. within the last hour it feels colder, but we are seeing light rainfall at the moment here. it's been happening throughout the night. we're along broadway here in pittman. you can see some of that wetness out on the roadways there. you can see some of the water dripping onto the side of the road here. we've got a little bit of ponding. at this point it's not looking too bad. but of course governor christie has issued a state of emergency for new jersey advising drivers to stay off the road if at all possible. down there in the distance you can see there are a couple of vehicles out here on the roadways. again, right now it does not look too bad as we wait for that changeover to happen within the next hour or two. but out here on the roadways right now, you can see that i'm actually slipping on some of the ice that is still remaining on the side of the road here. of course, we're expecting some of the larger accumulations to happen here in this area. also delaware, as brittney has been telling us. we don't see too many people out
walking or throwing out any salt at this point, but of course we are expecting conditions to change throughout the morning. coming up in the next half hour i'm going to check and see what other counties in this area are doing, how they are getting ready. the department of public works. but for now in pittman, i'm matt delucia, nbc 10 news. >> we do have a team of reporters and photographers fanned out across the region to show you the changing conditions. and this is storm force 10 driving around. this is 95 north in northeast philadelphia. still pretty wet on the roads as it's hitting the windshield. again, that changeover has been happening over the last 45 minutes or so. septa says commuters should keep an eye out for changes. right now some buss are running on detoured routes. we have an update on our nbc weather app and on nbc10.com about what's happening. septa says it will let us know by 10:00 a.m. whether it will modify scheduled for this
afternoon. patco says its trains will run on a snow schedule. things will run slower adding up to ten minutes each trip so allow for extra time on your commute today. if you're scheduled to fly in or out of or have somebody coming into philly international, you might have some problems. philly international already canceled more than 120 flights today. now, a winter storm like this one where rain quickly turns to snow presents a different challenge for area road crews. penndot tells us it can't treat the roads with brine this time because the rain would have washed it away before the snow fell. also, salt supplies are low. so penndot is using a mix of crushed stone and salt for the back roads but not for the higher-speed interstates. >> primarily it's used on roads that don't carry a tremendous -- very heavy traffic volumes because they're like small stones and they could kick up and hit your windshield and strike the car. >> if you're driving, penndot
urges you not to start out unless you have a full tank of gas. crews say they don't need extra obstacles. now let's get you updated on the forecast. brittney shipp has that. >> good morning. i'm updating where we're starting to see the rain switch over to snow. philadelphia in the next couple of minutes should be switching over. that's what our radar is showing us right now. national park right in that transition zone. cherry hill still seeing rain at this time. if we take a closer look you can see the raindrops. we're not quite yet seeing the snow fly on our cameras but we continue to update you, and we will let you know. also for village green, changing now. logan, same thing, right in that transition period. and for the rest of the region, closer to south jersey it is all rainfall now. the rain has stopped in atlantic city. then it's all snowfall as you're closer to the lehigh valley moving into the poconos. jillian just confirmed to me that just to the south of reading, we are seeing snow-covered roads.
it's starting to stick. that's going to be the concern throughout most of today is the fact when you're trying to go to work and come home. it's a first alert weather day until 7:00 p.m. be very careful until we're done with this system. visibility is down in allentown where the snow is coming down down to about a mile and 3/4. same thing in pottstown, down to two miles in reading. and we're seeing clear visibility because the snow has not started just yet closer to the shore. the temperatures tell the story. we're below freezing in the poconos. right around the freezing mark for allentown. same thing for pottstown. still a little warm in philadelphia but that's going to change quickly. that's going to be the next area of wilmington mount holly. we'll also see our temperatures dropping as we head into the next couple of hours. so by the time you head home from work our temperatures will no longer be in the 30s. we will start to drop down into the 20s even as early as 10:00 a.m. especially for philadelphia. as far as south jersey it's going to take a while before our
temperatures get down into the 20s. but by 1:00, 2:00 this is a widespread snow event. we'll start to see moderate snowfall especially for south jersey. by 7:00 p.m., lingering snow showers along the shore. take a look in the low 20s into this evening. those temperatures will stick with us headed into tomorrow. how much snow will we get in your neighborhood? two to four inches for pennington new jersey. quakertown, two to four inches. same thing in allentown and reading. these are the highest amounts. six to nine inches for christina, delaware. smyrna, six to nine. woodstown in that six to nine range. coatesville, four to seven. this is accumulating snow we expect to affect both of your commutes until 7:00 p.m. we are going to be dealing with this entire storm system. so snowy roads, low visibility significant snowfall plus falling temperatures. i'll have more updates when i see you again. tracy? >> all right, brittney. we'll be updating conditions
also on our weather app. it's a free download. get it from the app store or nbc10 nbc10.com. jillian mele has been monitoring road conditions. >> let's start off in burks county. you know we have hundreds of cameras. i'm constantly monitoring situations and seeing what's changing. this is a live look right in morgantown at the entrance to the pennsylvania turnpike. right over here at the corner the on ramp that's where that snow is just starting to stick to the surface of the ground right now. this is really the first area where i'm seeing that on any of our cameras. you can clearly see the tire marks. if you are headed out in burks county, make sure you slow down and take your time because we are starting to get that sticking snow on the surface of the roads. in chester county route 100, the roads still looking pretty wet there. that is going to change throughout the morning. we'll keep you updated on all of these cameras, constantly giving you different cameras so you know what it's looking like where you live. this is a live look at 76 right at giraud avenue. all is wet there. that's what we're seeing right now. same situation in northeast
philadelphia. this is a live look at cottman avenue. when you see you in the next few minutes, i'll get you updated with mass transit. first alert coverage continues next with a look at the winter weather in other parts of the country. remember, we love to see your weather pictures as it starts to fall in your neighborhood. show us what it looks like. upload your pictures to the nbc 10 news app. also e-mail us or post your pictures and videos on our nbc 10 facebook page. another live picture outside right now. and the snow has started to come down. camelback, it's changed over more than an hour ago. changing over in philadelphia. and we are tracking the storm as it moves south. we'll have an update coming up.
4:25. our live team coverage continues now as we track the snow moving through our area and the changeover. here's a live picture from pottstown, montgomery county where the changeover happened more than an hour ago. so they've been seeing steady snow there. we are keeping ab eye inging an eye on the area bridges. the ground is warm but temperatures are dropping. brittney shipp says they're really going to drop. as you know the bridges and overpasses will be the first surfaces to get slick. take it easy as you head out. be very careful. now, this latest storm stretching from texas to new england that we're in the middle of boy, it's hit louisville kentucky. take a look at a live picture there. they don't see this like we do. heavy snow and ice created a mess there last night as the storm that we're now seeing moves through there. public schools closed today. temperatures expected to dip below zero. meantime, a winter storm warning is in effect for parts of ohio. that area also dealing with near record cold temperatures over
the next two days. now your nbc 10 first alert weather. >> plus i'm tracking exactly where we're seeing the rain changing over to snow through the lehigh valley poconos, all snow. same thing for reading. norristown starting to transition into philadelphia but it's all rain still in burlington county and along the shore. i'm tracking when that will change over and how much snow to expect. jillian. >> good morning. a live look in montgomeriville, route 309. wet conditions there. we are seeing the snow starting to stick on the majors out there in morgantown. if you're waking up in burks county, make sure you're careful. in the next few minutes, i'll take you into delaware county.
it is 4:30 a.m. and the rain is slowly transitioning to snow across parts of our area. on the left, a live picture from pottstown, montgomery county where snowflakes have been falling for about an hour now. and to the right, a live picture from the jersey shore where heavy rain will change to snow. a few hours from now. now, the changeover is happening from north to south. and right now the line, the changeover line is in philadelphia. here's a live picture of center city showing the wintry mix falling with the windshield wiper. and the first alert radar shows those snow bands as they move in with hours of wintry weather still to come. hours of wintry weather still to come. good morning, this is nbc 10 news today. i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm vai sikahema. with the expected snow class is canceled at nearly 200 schools in our area. the list of closures constantly updated. you can also s