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it is 5:30 here on this tuesday march 14th. >> we have full coverage of the storm. dave murphy and karen rogers have updates from accuweather. matt pelman is watching the roads. let's start with david. >> okay, well, let's start with warnings and watches that we have across the region. it's still a blizzard warning in the northern suburbs and this is going to be the biggest impact area for this storm where you're going to have heavy bands of snow especially between now and 11 o'clock to noon then things should begin to lighten up a little bit and you won't have as much accumulation but between now and midday that's a real problem. the i-95 corridor is also in a winter storm warning all of this going until about 6 o'clock tonight but things are improving a little bit here in the i-95 corridor and that rain is really pushing up close to us, sleet mixing in and it may wind up that we get less snow in there than anticipated. farther south it's an advisory. there's so much rain down there that most of what has already fallen has been washed away and may not be coming back. right now we do see that sleet
line right through the i-95 corridor. a lot of rain down south. again, not too much accumulation happening here in. blue area right now but as you step up into the northern and western suburbs, you get a lot of those big areas of lavender showing up on storm tracker6 and that is the radar's way of showing you where that heavy banding is occurring. right now we've seen most of that in lancaster chester and berks county. some areas reporting as much as 9-inches of snow in parts of lehigh and berks. the wide view shows you that the system is in the process of getting closer. it's going to be very close to the coast, probably up to about the latitude of philadelphia by midday and at that point the winds change out of the north, dry air comes in and the snow's intensity begins to diminish. karen rogers you're out on the terrace for awhile now you haven't been seeing fat snowflakes, right. >> that's right. when we first came out here the snow was piling up pretty quickly in the overnight hours. we very quickly had 3-inches and then it stopped growing because of the sleet that we have mixing in. we're seeing it sleeting right now. as we look down here we just
have not quite three and a half inches of snow but you can see the snow out here, it's kind of icy. we've got all this sleet that's been mixing in and that's the real change right now with this storm system closer to the coast cutting down the numbers, more sleet. let's take a look at these temperatures right now and that really tells the story. along the coast in the 40's all rain there. in millville 37 and now we went from 33 dipped back down to the freezing mark in philadelphia but it's still coming out as sleet right now in the city, 27 trees in allentown, reading where it is all snow and snowing heavily. the winds are gusting 30, 31 miles an hour. they will at times gust closer to 50 miles an hour later on on the i-95 corridor. here's what you can expect. lehigh valley and northwest suburbs, this is the worst of it. that's where you're getting that heavy snow. philadelphia and i-95 we have lots of snow and we're seeing that change to sleet. we'll have a mix of snow and sleet. central delaware southeastern new jersey we had some slow. when i was driving up in gloucester county already had a couple of inches and that washed away as it changed to
heavy rain so this is your impact scale. it's the height of the -- if the height of the storm started about 4:00 a.m., we're still in it right now. even boo you 10:00 a.m. you have to be careful traveling depending on where you are. worst farther north and west you go. but by 1 o'clock a couple of snow showers. the heaviest is over by lunchtime. 1 o'clock it's pulling out of here. much easier travel at 4 o'clock this afternoon. so, matt and tam, still a good idea to stay off the roads. you know, it varies just if you drive a few miles you get the difference between rain, sleet and snow. >> good advice. let's get more good advice and go to matt pelman who is taking a look at the conditions on the roads. good morning. >> so, karen just said, tam and matt, worst farther north and west you go. let's go about far west as our cameras go. this is east of coatesville in caln township chester county. we like to see the plow coming through here along business 30 lincoln highway at caln road by jack's pizza. these secondary roads like lincoln highway are still completely snow covered. so we're always happy to see one of those plows come through and scoop some of that snow out of the way.
now to delco we go. this is 476 the blue route right by route three west chester pike. southbound lanes here at the broomall upper darby interchange. it looks like we might be passable in about two of the three lanes but there's still a lot of slush and snow coverage here along the blue route 476. live look at the schuylkill expressway sitting right in the curve, the conshohocken curve. westbound lanes right here. eastbound come a few cars in toward gladwyne. eastbound lanes look pretty much completely snow covered. westbound you've got one lane where it looks like a plow train may have just gone through. if you encounter one of those plow trains again six car lengths is the distance you want to maintain between you and that plow. montgomery township dekalb pike at welsh road by the wawa completely snow covered on both dekalb pike and welsh road. this is farther north so you're seeing more of that snow coming down not so much sleet or freezing rain. one last live look. here it's more wet. it's slushy and messy. you can see the drops on the camera lens along 95 in many
port richmond but still plow trains and salt trucks going through here as well. matt and tam. >> let's turn to "action news" reporter jeff chirico live in the city's west mount airy section. hi, jeff. >> reporter: hey, matt. for the past two hours or so we've been seeing largely sleet here. you can see we do have a couple inches of snow here in the northwest part of the city but not as much as many people were expecting. let's take a look at germantown avenue. you can see some of the plows starting to take a break. the plows have been able to get the upper hand here, that break in the snow along with the fact that most people are staying home gives the plows the opportunity to clear these roads. the they're also hitting the secondary streets here. septa buses rolling along here on germantown avenue seemingly without a problem. we see more folks starting to hit the roads now. i'm not saying that travel is easy right now, it can be very slippery and especially on those secondary roadways but this is a lot better than what
some folks were expecting this morning. reporting live in west mount airy, jeff chirico channel6 "action news." >> thanks jeff. now matt pelman just mentioned how you go into certain areas and you're getting completely different conditions. mobile6 is live on the blue route. can't really see but according to the radar, this is really in the sleet line, lit up a little bit more, going really slow there on 476 as well because you have that coating that crusty coating that can be very slippery right at the last second you don't realize how slippery it is so do take it slow if you do have to go out there 'cause i know some people do have to work including us, also hospitals, police officers and such. take it slow outside. >> and the action cam caught this wintry scene in ardmore. there were a few cars on the road but mainly it was a pretty quiet scene. that's just as well. plows were already busy clearing parking lots trying to stay ahead of the snowfall and speaking of snowfall let's check on the snow in the lehigh valley. "action news" reporter annie mccormick is live for us in
south whitehall township. you can seely a pretty strong snow seems to be coming down around you, annie. >> reporter: yeah, and at this point it feels more like ice and sleet that's really hitting your face coming down through this wind but all around the area it looks pretty beautiful. i can tell you we are in south whitehall township on tillman street right by the 309 on and off ramps and there we're seeing some traffic, not much. mainly we're seeing snowplows and those plow trains that the turnpike and that area townships are putting out there. take a look. this is the type of snow that fell over the past couple of hours, it's that powdery beautiful snow, that's what fell earlier but that's not what we're getting now. there's still a number of tracks here that you can see people trying to get through and getting through here people that didn't have four wheel drives we saw some of them fishtailing as they were making their way to the rivet diner which is still opened, one of the few places opened in south whitehall township. live in south whitehall
township annie mccormick channel6 "action news." >> thank you annie. let's show you a quick scene along the boardwalk in atlantic city. a cold rain has been falling steady all morning long. it just looks soggy and cold, really miserable and the bigger story at the shore is those strong wind gusts. >> 5:39 is the time. the "action news" viewing area is seeing snow, sleet, rain, high winds. a coastal storm has arrived. >> let's take you out with looter look in atlantic city. you can see the camera jumping. they're dealing with winds down there. dave murphy will be timing what you can expect throughout the morning when we come back. >> ♪ hi
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>> ♪ >> welcome back. you're taking a live look here. this is route 42 near oaks montgomery county. you can see that we've got a single line of cars moving down what would usually be a two or three-lane highway there because they got all that snow packed down. maybe plows came through at one point but right now there's a fair accumulation of snow on that road. >> all sorts of things going on out there, david. >> yeah. northern suburbs definitely seeing the snow. we've already got reports of some spots going up close to 10-inches with a lot yet to come. in philadelphia, we've gotten a few inches and now it's changing over to some sleet and freezing rain. storm tracker6 live double scan right now not a whole lot out there in terms of that. now, we are looking at
visibilities up north where that heavy snow is falling. you can see that areas to the north and west of philadelphia, we have, you know, low visibilities because that's where the heavy snow is falling but the visibilities aren't as bad down in philadelphia and farther to the south. let's go ahead and call up sky6. no its the action cam we're going to again. this is going to be south whitehall township. way up north in south whitehall this is where the snow is piling up and you can absolutely see that happening right now. up there in the lehigh valley, heavy snow falling, continuing to band in. it may be that we actually get some sleet at times up north in the lehigh valley but it's mostly going to be snow and this is one of those areas where it could be avenue. all right, so let's get you to radar. we're looking at a a lot of rain down south. warm air coming in ahead of the top of this approaching low pressure center and you can see how it's changing over to a little bit of a freezing rain and sleet in the i-95 corridor.
we've gotten a few inches of snow on the ground already in pennsylvania. some spots like wayne up to 4-inches and that was back earlier in the overnight hours. whether or not we get a lot more is going to depend on whether we can get some cold air to come back down out of the north and for the next several hours it looks like it's going to be a lot of sleet making that hard to do. earlier snow down south is getting washed away by the rain. we have indications of heavy snow though in the northern and western suburbs with that purple and that's where the snow continues to come down at highest clip. berks county lancaster county parts of chester getting quite a bit. 32 degrees is your current temperature. winds picking up 24 miles per hour and again we are starting to hear reports of blowing and drifting snow especially where we've gotten those higher amounts up north. future tracker6, it's going to be hard to get rid of the warm air coming off the ocean as that low gets closer to us. by 8 o'clock the model is suggesting a lot of mixing in the i-95 corridor. that could mean some sleet, some freezing rain, maybe some snow at times but not a lot of addition in ally accumulation through 8 o'clock. different story up north where you're going to get pounded.
by the 10 o'clock still getting heavy snow up north but this line still wants to push past philadelphia. that's going to hold down your snow. down by the shore continuing with the rain and by noon that's when the snow begins to diminish and you can see that we're probably still looking at mixed precipitation in philadelphia. by 5 o'clock this afternoon it gets cold enough for snow but there's just not as much moisture around so we're not together to have the ability to pile up too much more in the afternoon. it will be lighter snow showers. up in the lehigh valley we're still going for heavy snow, same thing in a lot of our northern and western suburbs but we are adjusting the forecast in philadelphia. we've got some snow on the ground but the rest of the way you're going to get a lot of sleet and freezing rain and then in central delaware and south jersey mainly rain and it's in fact washing away some snow that came earlier. so, when you look at these adjusted snow totals and this is brand new you can see that down south these lighter totals probably just getting washed away. may not even have to shovel. we're still thinking four to eight is and possible in philadelphia and weaver we've already verified the low end of that but i do think you're going to have to step up to
the northern suburbs to get the heavier snow and potential blizzard conditions. your seven-day from accuweather, 34. we still have heavy snow up north and a lot of sleet and freezing rain and the wind also a factor through the region and today with that high of 34. the worst of the snow ending probably after about midday and then tomorrow cold with a lingering snow shower, low impact there, 30. 36 sunny and brisk on thursday and up to 38 on saint patrick's day. at night friday into saturday a little bit more mixed precipitation is possible but we'll address that when we get finished with the current issue. i still would recommend staying in while we've got this freezing rain and sleet 'cause that's also an issue driving. >> and we have somebody who is going to echo that he. >> okay. >> matt pelman who is going to say the same thing as he takes a look at the roads, good morning. >> you can just put me on repeat. we'll echo that over and over again. it is not a great morning to be out for sure. also not a good morning for the nice shoes in south philadelphia. it is a slushy sloppy slippery
mess. a lot of slush here in the intersection just off the platt bridge. there was a disabled vehicle here at 20th street. the db is gone. as you make your way towards this intersection it is still very slippery and slushy. let's go north. up north were where we're seeing more of the snow. this is bucks county at the scudder falls bridge. we watched plows go through here along 95 so you can see some of the blacktop here along 95 near new hope. some southbound travelers there, woulding their way down toward langhorne at the moment. this is the roosevelt boulevard just south of broad street. southbound headlights coming down towards fox street and the schuylkill expressway and again you're seeing a little bit of snow coverage but it's mainly slush and we can see some of the blacktop in all the lanes here. northbound just north of here there was a crash a little bit ago that's now gone. let's go farther north and farther west. here in fort washington this is the pennsylvania turnpike over top 309 and these roads are snow covered so, yeah, there was definitely a dividing line where is on the boulevard it was mainly wet, a
little bit slushy. here it's mostly snow covered in fort washington along the turnpike at 309. and let's go even farther west in upper uwchlan chester county now it's completely snow covered. this is 100, the turnpike over top right here near the downingtown interchange, so, yeah, as you go farther north, farther west you're finding that snow coverage and you really have to drop the speeds. one last life look mount laurel burlington county this is 73 right at 295. mostly wet here. little slushy on 295 northbound by 73 there's a crash but that's off to the side. matt and tam. >> thank you, matt. now let's get a check of conditions out in south jersey. katherine scott is live in runnemede, camden county and she's been under that umbrella for most of the morning. good morning. >> reporter: it is just pouring rain here, tam, good morning. yeah, and the treated surfaces, look at the blacktop right here, you can see rain puddles on the grassy surfaces like here there's still snow from earlier and then black horse pike finally that has
been plowed multiple times this morning. now the plows going through have their plows up. of course black horse pike sal main road here in runnemede so some of the side streets might have a little bit more slop and coverage on them. generally the traffic we've been seeing coming through here has been coming along just fine, again just pouring rain. that started around 3:30. earlier we did see some snow. the other thing i want to point out is the wind gusts. they started around 4:30, they've really picked up and that's something you want to look out for when you head out the door this morning. live in runnemede katherine scott, channel6 "action news. >> katherine thank you. snow has changed over to rain in wilmington delaware. the action cam caught these commuters needing the umbrellas not snow gear. the the roads are wet. eighty two us are busy clearing that slushy stuff off the sidewalks from the snow that fell overnight. >> don't just sit at home and watch the snowfall. join the action. send us pictures or videos of what you see in the neighborhood on social media you can send them to 6abc action that's the hashtag or the e-mail join in the action
>> ♪ >> 5:52. good morning everyone. mobile6 out there taking it slow on the schuylkill expressway. we just learned that philadelphia city offices will be opening today but on a delay at 10:00 a.m. once again, if you work for the city of philadelphia office is open at 10:00 a.m. schools, though, are still closed. >> okay, the weather of course a huge story this morning. let's get to the latest in your weather and traffic with karen rogers and matt pelman. good morning. >> good morning. and we've been tracking a big change with this storm as this area of low pressure draws closer to the coast and we're getting the warmer air mixing in. i want to show you what's happening on storm tracker6
live double scan kind of region and by region. as you look at this you can see that rain that's heavy right there in south jersey. katherine scott has been reporting saying it's pouring rain and it is through sea isle city fortescue millville and up towards hammonton and glassboro so farther north than we had looked at before and you see that area of icing along the new jersey turnpike t be careful traveling through gloucester and camden county. the i-95 corridor, the area of blue route that's the sleet that's mixing in with this so that's reducing the numbers now as the totals but it is still snowing in west chester malvern norristown as you're coming from there. farther north and west it's heavy snow in reading in allentown as you're traveling there, you really need to be careful. so matt pelman as you're commuting it depends drastically region by region as to what kind of weather you're driving in. >> we're seeing that in the traffic camera. some have completely snow covered roads and there's some like this where you can see blacktop but it's also very slushy karen. this is the schuylkill is the vine. of truck broken down on the westbound side.
there's a little incline, i'm not sure if he's slipping or not but i don't think so because these cars aren't having a problem as they head westbound toward girard. an update from septa coming up after 6 o'clock but a lot of abnormal schedules today, a lot of njt buses are not running, river line on a sunday schedule and patco on a special snow schedule. matt. >> thank you, matt. hundreds of flights in and out of philadelphia are canceled today. some airlines hope to start flying again once the storm tapers off in the evening so we shall see. officials at phl say they are stockethey arestocked with deicn and are clearing the runways and taxi ways.
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cause of their death. >> 5:57 is the time. there are hundreds of school closings and we have them scrolling across the bottom of your screen and on 6abc.com. >> and now we're going to take a live look there in south whitehall township. our annie mccormick is there with live coverage and you can see a steady and growing amount avenue the white stuff there on the ground. we'll be right back. >> ♪ take one of those pillows and take a big smell. they smell really fresh. what if we told you we washed these sheets 7 days ago. really no way downy? downy fabric conditioner. give us a week, and we'll change your bed forever. want more freshness? add new downy fresh protect. with new herbal essences bursting with argan oil of morocco and notes of jasmine
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