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February 18, 2000 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
It may be nasty. But it's probably not going to last very long. Philly is in line for "just about everything" today - snow, ice, pouring-down rain and maybe even a thunderstorm, says Accu-Weather meteorologist Mark Tobin. With a freezing morning giving way to temperatures rising through the 40s, today's interruption in the February thaw looks like a one-day agony. A couple of hours of snow after daybreak, a couple of hours of ice - and a probable mess on the highways and sidewalks - will give way to "good, soaking rains" and gusty winds later today, said Tobin.
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January 28, 1988 | By Maura C. Ciccarelli, Special to The Inquirer
The first flakes came down in clumps like miniature snowballs thrown from the sky. They landed with gentle puffs, covering everything with cottonlike icing. The snow earlier this week turned the area into a winter dream for children, but a nightmare for drivers. The two cross-country skiers appeared silently out of the woods adjacent to Temple University's Ambler campus and glided across the deserted playing fields. As quickly as they appeared before the few hardy students at the school Monday, they were out of sight, disappearing into the bright night.
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January 18, 2013 | Associated Press
ATLANTA - A winter storm made its way across the Southeast on Thursday, dumping snow in states recovering from days of rain, playing a role in at least one fatality, and leaving thousands without power. Early Thursday, parts of Mississippi saw 2 to 4 inches of snow on the ground. In Lowndes County, Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl. Criss Turnipseed said that Johnnie A. Matthews, 64, of West Point, died when his car hit a downed tree about 5 a.m. on Mississippi Highway 50. No other fatalities have been reported.
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December 28, 2012 | By Holly Ramer, Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. - A muted version of a winter storm that has killed more than a dozen people across the eastern half of the country plodded across the Northeast on Thursday, trapping airliners in snow or mud and frustrating travelers still trying to return home after Christmas. The storm, which was blamed for at least 16 deaths farther south and west, brought plenty of wind, rain and snow to the Northeast when it blew in Wednesday night. Lights generally remained on and cars mostly stayed on the road, unlike many harder-hit places including Arkansas, where 200,000 homes and businesses lost power.
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December 6, 2005 | By Natalie Pompilio and Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The Philadelphia region was hit by its first major winter storm yesterday, with people bracing for as much as 5 inches of snow in the city and a few inches more for the suburbs to the south and in South Jersey. The first flakes began falling just after commuters hit the roadways, but no major problems or accidents were reported during the evening rush. Today was expected to be mostly cloudy in the morning with highs in the 30s. More snow - perhaps mixed with rain - was expected to hit the area Friday.
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com Staff Writer
What's up with the Weather Channel naming a scourge of winter after a beloved Philly icon? Yo, can you believe it? The big storm sweeping the country is named Rocky ? As in Rocky Balboa? As in the title boxer of the 1976 best-picture winner? The guy who famously ran up the Art Museum steps to a tune often played at Philly sporting events? Well, not exactly. Maybe yes. Maybe no. Even if Rocky's trainer, Mickey, did famously declare, "You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!"
BUSINESS
November 11, 1999 | By Leslie J. Nicholson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Relax. But make some modest plans just in case. Nobody really knows what will happen, but according to experts, U.S. consumers should experience little more than an occasional inconvenience as a result of the Year 2000 computer problem. This applies especially in big metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia. With 51 days remaining before the dawn of the new year, the consensus is that serious Y2K problems are more likely to occur in other countries. Domestically, the main glitches are expected in small towns and rural communities, and among small businesses.
NEWS
February 4, 1995 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer Dan Rubin and correspondent Jane Reynolds contributed to this article
The region was due to be hit today by the most potent winter storm since the blizzard of March 1993, ending one of the quietest stretches of winter weather in local history. Forecasters predicted anywhere from a few inches to a foot of snow, and 40 to 50 m.p.h. winds. Regardless of how much snow falls, meteorologists said the storm signaled a major change in the weather patterns that had governed the winter. In short, February will actually feel like February. Whatever is on the ground by tonight is expected to freeze solid, and the storm will be followed by the coldest weather of the season.
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December 30, 1997 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / JONATHAN WILSON
Just in case, PennDot workers in Swedesford prepared yesterday for a winter storm that was expected to mainly bring heavy rain to the Philadelphia area.
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April 4, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
The innocuous forecast that appeared on the front page of The Inquirer on April 3, 1915, the Saturday before Easter, did not evoke images of panic in the streets: "Unsettled, rain likely. " What followed, however, was one of the more amazing meteorological events in the history of local weather observations - a 12-hour siege of heavy snow that mocked meteorologists and the powerful April sun by accumulating 19 inches. An additional 0.4 fell on Easter. "Easter plans blew up with a bang," proclaimed the Evening Bulletin.
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January 28, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA & JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IN ROMAN mythology, the goddess Juno is hailed as a protector, a guardian of her people. A different "Juno" is bearing down on the Philly region and doesn't seem interested in protecting anyone. Winter Storm Juno forced the city's public schools to close today. Meteorologists had tracked the formidable storm all week, and it was expected to hit the city late last night, bringing heavy snowfall and powerful winds. Last night, the forecast from the National Weather Service called for 10 to 14 inches of snow, the brunt of it expected early this morning.
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January 28, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Phillips was excited as a schoolgirl with a snow day. In her case, the glow in her eyes came from the prospect of spending the night in the bowels of the Philadelphia Fire Department's headquarters on Spring Garden Street. If she were lucky, she might even catch a few hours of sleep on her office floor. "This is the part of the job I really enjoy," said Phillips, director of the city's Office of Emergency Management (OEM). "This is where you get to test your concepts, to test your plans.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Too many customers received mixed messages, contradictory messages - or no message at all - from their electric utilities during the massive February ice storm, according to state regulators. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Monday documented shortcomings in the way Peco Energy Co. and other electric utilities communicated with customers during the storm, which knocked out 960,000 customers, including 724,000 Peco customers. While generally commending the utilities' response, the PUC made 11 recommendations - mostly regarding outreach with customers and local governments.
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March 3, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The winter storms so far have cost Northampton Township taxpayers $600,000 - double what the town had budgeted and enough of an economic toll to delay plans to repave some roads. So the Bucks County community calculated what it could get if the federal government decides to help. The answer: $20,000, at most. "I'll never turn the money down," Township Manager Robert Pellegrino said. "But it's not going to matter in the grand scheme of things. " Unlike devastating floods or hurricanes, federal aid for winter-related storms - no matter how disruptive - is often far less generous.
SPORTS
February 15, 2014
The winter storm that crippled the region on Thursday forced the postponement of Temple's home game against 13th-ranked Louisville. The game will be played Friday at 6 p.m. at the Liacouras Center and will be telecast on ESPN2.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Andrew Maykuth, and Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writers
As the region hunkers down for yet another fierce storm, Peco has a message for customers: We are ready. Some of those who felt the utility was less than prepared for last week's storm may be glad to hear that the company has 4,200 workers standing by for response and restoration Thursday, 1,200 more than it did a week ago. Still, this coastal nor'easter could be the most dramatic event yet in an already wild season. The National Weather Service posted a winter-storm warning for the entire region, saying six to 14 inches of snow would fall heavily early Thursday, then mix with sleet and rain, and change back to snow before ending Thursday night.
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February 12, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
The storm was a virtual fantasy, the first flakes a good 60 hours or more away. Yet just before daybreak Monday, the National Weather Service did something highly unusual. It predicted a snow total for a storm almost three days away. Blame "Weather Boy"? As the Philadelphia region endures its 10th-snowiest season on record, forecasters find themselves battling not just snow and ice, but social media minions. In the era of viral tweets and posts, storms can become legends before their times.
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February 9, 2014 | BY ASHLEY KUHN and DIANA DAVID, Daily News Staff Writers kuhna@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
SOUTHEASTERN Pennsylvania is likely to face more snow today and tomorrow night - but the flakes will be considerably less damning than the week's snow and ice storms that downed trees and left much of the region in the dark. Less than a half-inch of accumulation is expected this weekend, the National Weather Service predicted yesterday. But despite the relief that another monster storm isn't likely to strike this weekend, thousands in the region were still feeling the effects of this week's storms.
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February 7, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood and Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writers
Following a storm that shut schools and roads, ripped down trees, and transformed Monday's snow piles into blocks of ice, the hundreds of thousands of people without heat or light in the region could be in for a cold wait. Temperatures might not get past 30 degrees the next two days, locking the bountiful snow and ice into place. Forecasters say more snow is possible on the weekend and again next week. But whatever else happens, this winter might have a hard time upstaging what meteorologists describe as the rare sequence of events that began with a gentle rain early Monday and culminated with more than 600,000 Peco customers losing power.
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