PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Good riddance! The Blizzard of 2016 made it's way out of town around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, but not before leaving behind record amounts of snow in many areas.
A record snowfall of 20.8 inches was set in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday. This breaks the old record of 11.9 set in 1935, the National Weather Service reports.
This would make this one calendar day storm total the 6th heaviest on record, way behind the number 1 one day total of 27.6 inches set January 7, 1996.
This amount may increase a bit more this evening and an updated Record-event report will be issued around 1:35 a.m. Sunday.
This storm two day total is now 20.8 inches about 1.6 inches shy of the seasonal normal and it all fell within 24 hours.
The calendar two day total ranks approximately as the 10th Heaviest in the period of record dating back to the 1870s.
Snow moved into the area Friday evening as the Blizzard warning issued by The National Weather Service for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, went into effect.
Strong winds proved to be problematic, knocking out power for thousands in South Jersey.
Of course, down the shore a different set of problems came into play with the high wind down there and coastal flooding because it is a full moon on Saturday.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency in Pennsylvania on Thursday afternoon, while the city declared a snow emergency Friday at noon. Delaware declared a State of Emergency as well on Friday afternoon.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency for New Jersey ahead of the blizzard and flooding.
Power outages were always likely with this storm because of the high wind bringing down heavy, wet snow. It is supposed to be that consistency of snow that is very difficult to shovel and can bring trees and power lines down pretty easily with winds gusting to 40 to 60 miles an hour. That is a problem.
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It’s still uncertain where that rain-band will set up as it creeps up from south to north, and there is the possibility of a dry slot.
We're expecting wind to gust, and whatever falls will be blowing around.