NWS issues Blizzard Watch for portions of Chester County

Although computer modeling shows a wide variation of possibilities, the National Weather Service now sees the area in light green as the most likely storm track and has issue a Blizzard Watch — a combination of heavy snow and high winds is possible — from Friday night through Sunday for southeastern Chester County, with snow totals in the 12 to 18 inch range. Although there were still some variations...

Odds of major snowstorm blanketing Chesco 50-50

If you’re one to watch local TV, you might be under the impression that the Chester County area is going to be blanketed by a massive snowstorm this weekend — but that my not be the case. While some forecasts have called for as much a foot or more falling on the local area Friday night through Saturday, there is an equal chance of the storm amounting to little or even nothing. While local county...

County residents: Rain, rain, please go away

NWS says flooding will worsen before it improves; officials advise staying put Updated at 5:40 p.m. with information from the county Dept. of Emergency Services If you haven’t finished your ark, best not to venture out. The latest report from the National Weather Service (NWS) suggests that flooding will worsen before it starts to improve. The Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford floods at 9 feet and...

Chester County warned of possible deluge

Four days of rain predicted, heaviest on Wednesday The National Weather Service says it is becoming apparent that a severe weather system will affect Chester County beginning sometime Monday night, April 28, through Thursday, May 1. At this point, the first light round of rain, less than an inch, is expected Monday night. The heaviest rainfall is expected Wednesday and Wednesday night with two to...

PennDOT extends waiver for salt truck drivers

National Weather Service suggests preparing for ‘high-impact winter storm’ By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Want a barometer for assessing the severity of this year’s winter weather? At the direction of Gov. Tom Corbett, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will permit commercial drivers delivering road salt to stay behind the wheel for longer periods of...

Winter of our discontent: yup, more snow coming

5,000 still without power as new storm looms By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times This low pressure system is expected to roll up the east coast of the United States, bringing snow, sleet and freezing rain to most of the coastal areas, according to the National Weather Service. Image courtesy NWS. Just as Chester County gets back to something like normal, the National Weather Service is predicting a major...

Storm snowfall downgraded, ice still threatens

County officials warning of power outages from downed trees The county isn’t out of the woods when it comes to the pending storm – in fact ice-covered tree limbs remain a threat to power lines – but the National Weather Service has reduced the total snowfall amount to less than an inch. Ice totals have also been lowered but are still significant:  one-tenth to one quarter of an inch. Given...

Public urged to brace for another winter wallop

Urging precautions, officials say ice likely to have most negative impact By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times It seems that residents’ collective efforts to wish away another winter wallop have failed, and it’s coming regardless. The National Weather Service has updated its advisory from a watch to a warning, predicting that snow will begin late Tuesday night, falling heavily...

More of the same: snow closes schools, county offices

Forecasts of nasty weather Monday morning turned out to be accurate, as wet slushy, heavy snow has closed virtually every school in the area and all Chester County offices. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Winter Storm Warning early Monday, calling for accumulations in Chester County of between four and eight inches. The snow started just before the morning rush Monday and produced slick...

Groundhog, NWS agree: nasty weather inbound

4-6 inches of snow seen Monday; heavy rains, flooding possible Wed. While groundhogs may be seeing an extended winter, the National Weather Service says Chester County is in for a hairy week of wintery weather. It appears that the world most famous groundhog — Punxsutawney Phil — and the National Weather Service are on the same page: there’s lot more winter headed for Chester County. Although...