PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Thursday’s storm dropped snow across the area after closing hundreds of area schools and businesses.
Brick, NJ saw the most snow with 18 inches while Cape May saw 17 inches. Snow totals in Pennsylvania weren’t as high, but most areas are expected to finish on the high side of previous predictions of around 4-6 inches.
Gusty winds remain a big factor in this storm as they lead to drifting snow across the area, especially along the coast and other areas further south and east.
An ARCTIC high pressure system will invade our area this weekend with the coldest air in recent memory.
(OVERNIGHT) Clear and Blustery. Low: 10. Wind Chill: -5 to -15.
FRIDAY: Sunny. Biting Wind Chills (-10 to -15) Windy. High: 18.
SATURDAY: Partly Sunny and Colder. Low: 6. High: 16. Record: 4 in 1896. Morning Wind Chills: -10.
SUNDAY: Partly Sunny, Record Cold. Low: -1. High: 20. Record: 4 in 2014.
MONDAY: Cloudy, with rain and snow in the afternoon. Low: 18. High: 34.
TUESDAY: Mostly Cloudy. Low: 32. High: 44.
City of Philadelphia municipal offices and public, Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools will be closed Friday.
“The decision to close is a difficult one, but we believe that the frigid temperatures will result in icy roadways in the morning that will be resistant to our salting efforts,” said Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis. “We need to keep drivers off the roads. So we have decided to close all municipal offices. Non-essential City employees should stay home and stay warm.”
The Streets Department – working in coordination with Parks and Recreation, L&I, Water, and CLIP – will continue its snow response until road conditions sufficiently improve. Crews are working to reopen streets to get detoured busses back in service as soon as possible.
Due to the effects of the winter storm and the continued extreme cold temperatures and high winds, SEPTA Regional Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule with some enhancements on Friday, Jan. 5. This will allow SEPTA to provide approximately 75 percent of normal weekday capacity on Regional Rail, while helping reduce chances for equipment failures that could potentially strand passengers.
A state of emergency is still in effect for New Jersey.