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March 10, 2015 | By Mari Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cayman Naib was described as a "thoughtful, bright, fun-loving" student at a candlelight vigil only hours after searchers found him dead, nearly completely covered in snow, in a shallow creek on a remote edge of his parents' Delaware County property. The 13-year-old eighth grader's dimpled grin and shock of dark hair had become familiar in recent days to the hundreds of searchers who braved bitter cold hoping to find him alive after he left home Wednesday night hours before the season's worst snowstorm.
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December 28, 1987 | By FRANK LENNY, Daily News Staff Writer (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
It puts smiles on the faces of kids; dread in the hearts of commuters. It is snow, and there's a "very good chance" the Philadelphia area will get at least a measureable amount by tonight, according to Accu-Weather. In fact, it could be downright nasty. "What we have here," an Accu-Weather meteorologist said this morning, "is a storm moving from the Plains states that now is over Kentucky and will reach the coast in the Carolinas. It is expected to reform there, following the normal winter pattern, and move up the coast.
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February 23, 2001 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Highways made slick by a fast-moving snowstorm turned the Philadelphia area into a demolition derby yesterday, with multivehicle accidents clogging highways and killing at least one person. The storm, which sent commuters fleeing homeward early for the second time this month, dumped snow as rapidly as an inch an hour across much of the region and created "whiteout" visibility conditions in some areas. "It dumped a lot of snow real quick and people did not adjust," said John Hagerty, a spokesman for the New Jersey State Police, after a string of multivehicle accidents stopped traffic on Route 42 in Deptford Township, Gloucester County.
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December 29, 2003
THE CITY is once again mismanaging another touchy subject: Snow Shoveling Citations. The law states that "each homeowner has 24 hours after the last snowflake to clear a path," yet Mayor Street's goons are out there on a Sunday to write out citations. Nice! Everyone who got one of those pieces of toilet fodder should send them back, noting the time of the final snowflake, the time of the citation, and include a quarter so that the goons can get a clue. Sadly, that's not where my complaint ends.
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December 25, 2005 | By Roger K. Miller
This is how it was in those December days in the tiny, improbably named village of Lopez in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania in those long-ago decades few of us can now recall. We don't remember whether it usually snowed six inches before 12 a.m. or 12 inches before 6 a.m., but always, always it snowed. For us - my cousins and me and our mothers and fathers and our aunts and uncles - that old poem, "Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house," was literally true.
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February 7, 1987
Well it's about time someone cast a vote for snow! I read Dorothy Storck's "Soft snow, tough talk" on Jan. 27, and I wholeheartedly agree with her observations on snow. Her comments centered on how everybody (with the possible exception of the Philadelphia Streets Department) overreacts to this meteorological phenomenon with which we have recently been blessed. Why can't people just relax and enjoy it? When was the last time you just sat at your window and watched it snow?
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December 13, 1989 | By Donna Shaw, Inquirer Staff Writer Staff writers Mary Jane Fine, Denise-Marie Santiago and Rose Simmons and correspondents Mack Reed, Robert McSherry, Connie O'Kane and Mike Schurman contributed to this article
The Philadelphia area was hit with its third snowfall of the season yesterday as two winter storms passed through, neither packing the wallop that forecasters had predicted. The first storm sent school students home early in several suburbs before tapering off in the afternoon. The second, moving up from the south, was expected to dump, at most, another one to three inches of snow on the region last night. At 6:30 p.m., as a light snow fell over the region, the National Weather Service canceled the winter storm warning that had been in effect all day, saying the threat of heavy snow had decreased.
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February 13, 1992 | by Joe Clark, Daily News Staff Writer
Now you really didn't think we were going to get through the winter with only that measly inch of snow back on Super Sunday morn, did you? Well, did you? If you did, dream on. Because the Philadelphia area was due to get whacked with its first significant snow storm of the winter today. Before it's over around midnight tonight, up to five inches of snow could be on the ground. But with temperatures in the 40s tomorrow, it probably won't stay around too long.
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February 24, 1989 | By Dave Bittan, Daily News Staff Writer
What happened? Here we were expecting a legitimate snow storm, something like six or eight or 10 inches, and what'd we get? Nothing. Accu-Weather explained squeamishly this morning that the storm from the South developed too far to the east to bring any snow here. Instead, the storm dumped as much as a foot on the Jersey shore. Although the predicted snowfall failed to materialize here, there's an outside chance we still could get an inch or so by the time the storm moves on up the coast.
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November 25, 2011 | By Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - For some reason, Scandinavia is not its frigid self, with unusually warm weather delaying the onset of winter in northern latitudes normally decked in white. The lack of snow has been bad news for winter sports - World Cup ski races have been dropped, or held on artificial snow, and mountain ski resorts are unable to open. There are even reports of bird song and blooming gardens in some places typically entering the winter freeze at this time of year. "Some flowers, like roses, have actually begun to blossom for a second time," said Mats Rosenberg, a biologist in Orebro, south-central Sweden.
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March 10, 2015 | By Mari Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cayman Naib was described as a "thoughtful, bright, fun-loving" student at a candlelight vigil only hours after searchers found him dead, nearly completely covered in snow, in a shallow creek on a remote edge of his parents' Delaware County property. The 13-year-old eighth grader's dimpled grin and shock of dark hair had become familiar in recent days to the hundreds of searchers who braved bitter cold hoping to find him alive after he left home Wednesday night hours before the season's worst snowstorm.
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March 8, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the snow stopped falling Thursday night, roads were covered, tree branches were bent, and temperatures plunged, freezing everything in place. But in a dimly lit parking lot off Ridge Pike in Plymouth Meeting, Joe Natale was working. With a single plow and dozens of car keys, Natale went about the tedious job he has done so many times before: preparing the lot at Battaglia Auto as if the snow had not come. After all, who would test-drive a Mustang the next day if its red coat was frosted over?
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March 8, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
A prodigious snow removal project will get underway in earnest this weekend, and neither the New Jersey nor the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will have to lower a plow. As if to prove itself worthy of the onset of daylight saving time - which arrives at 2 a.m. Sunday - the March sun will show off its might and go to town on the estimated 2.5 billion pounds of snow layered across the region. Never mind that near-record low expected Saturday morning, around 15 degrees, or that temperatures still will be six to 12 degrees below normal during the day. Given that PennDot's Philadelphia region has set a two-winter record for salt use, with more than 310,000 tons - more than 150,000 of that this season - one would think that an impending melt would warm the agency's collective heart.
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March 8, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sun was shining on PPL Park on Friday morning as Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" blasted through the speakers. But even the famous song could not drown out the chorus of scraping shovels and beeping trucks that echoed through the stadium. Workers in parkas, hats, and gloves moved through each row, using orange shovels to scrape snow and ice from seats and stairways. A dump truck carried snow across the field and out of the stadium before returning for another load. The snowstorm that hit the Philadelphia region Thursday arrived just two days before the Union's Major League Soccer home opener against the Colorado Rapids.
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March 8, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thursday's snowstorm had nothing on Philadelphia's Streets Department, which used everything from mini-bulldozers to trash compactors and the city's supersecret "snow farm" to keep roads passable. By noon Friday, Streets Commissioner David Perri reported, all 665 miles of the city's primary routes - which include 110 miles of snow emergency routes - were plowed to blacktop. The same could be said for the 700 miles of secondary streets, although there was still a fair amount of snow left just off the travel lanes, he said.
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March 8, 2015 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
These last two winters have not been kind to runners in the Philadelphia area. Last winter, we ran through two back-to-back snowstorms, over streets and sidewalk caked with snow and ice and snow caked in ice. This winter, we've swapped out snow - well, most of it - for long, never ending stretches of below freezing weather made worse by howling winds. Thursday's storm just rubbed rock salt into that wound. Too many times since December I've asked myself why bother. Aside from one blissfully warm week in Florida, I've been switching between boring treadmill runs done while staring at The Price is Right on the gym TV above me, and frigid runs that require face mask, mittens, and a prayer that my foot won't find an icy patch along the way. My favorite paved trails are frozen over.
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March 7, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
Like the winter of 2014-15 itself, Thursday's snow was a late arrival. But for the region's commuters - and almost anyone else who had to go anywhere - this was a case of better never than late. By the time the snow tapered off late in the day, close to a foot had fallen in parts of the region, by far the biggest snowfall of a strange winter in which March has behaved like January. The storm's most disruptive element probably was its timing. Rain and sleet changed to heavy snow right before the peak morning commute.
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March 7, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update: Many have asked if Justine made it home all right. Here's her report. When I was struggling in the snow yesterday, the last thing I was thinking about was how many Twitter followers it might get me. But by the end of the day, my story had been viewed thousands of times, and I had an unexpected number of emails from well-wishers in my inbox. The descriptions of Philly's springtime I received in many of the emails were heartening – as were the assurances that even locals dislike these conditions.
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March 6, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of Thursday flights were canceled and towns declared emergencies in advance of snowfall likely to be the signature event of a tenacious late-winter spell that has iced the region with record cold and nuisance storms. "It's been horrendous," Steve Lorenz, the Philadelphia Streets Department chief engineer, said Wednesday as he was preparing his crews to do battle yet again, this time with up to eight inches of snow possible by day's end. "In the last month, it feels like it's every other day," he said, adding that winter was making him a stranger in his household.
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