A Large Winter Storm Has Blanketed The Philadelphia Area

The storm across the U.S. was leading to a ” number of accidents, including a fatal crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Morgantown that led to a series of fender-benders involving 50 cars that stranded some motorists for up to seven hours. More than two dozen vehicles were involved in another series of crashes on nearby Interstate 78″, according to Fox News.

The National Weather Service placed Philadelphia and extreme southeastern Pennsylvania under a winter storm warning.

Philadelphia, New Castle, Salem, Gloucester, Burlington, and Delaware counties are now in a Winter Storm Warning area until midnight.

3 to 6 inches of snow could fall in these areas before changing to sleet and rain later Sunday night into early Monday morning. Areas to the north through the Lehigh Valley and Poconos are covered by a Winter Weather Advisory until the overnight time period for a slower change to rain”.

” A foot of snow was reported in Newark, Del. Philadelphia International Airport received 8.6 inches Sunday, more than it had all of last year. Other areas received far less: a little over an inch was reported in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, which usually is hit harder than downtown Philadelphia”, FOX News reported.

Roadways became very hazardous and officials were urging drivers to use extreme caution. The possibility of freezing rain for a brief time also exists.

” A large winter storm was making its way through the Delaware Valley Sunday causing travel nightmares”, CBS News reported. “The Turnpike was closed much of the day Sunday westbound between Downingtown and Morgantown, but has now reopened to traffic”.

Philadelphia International Airport is experiencing delays and cancellations. There was only a single runway operating during the height of the storm.

“So while we are clearing one, we are able to use another one. We do have four runways,” Airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica explains to CBS News.

PennDOT had a plan in place for the snow that was forecast for Sunday, but it couldn’t keep up with the snow that actually fel

The snowstorm raised fears about a potentially dangerous Monday morning commute, all areas will still be wet, but this time with rain as temperatures climb into the middle 40’s.

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