Aiexpress – Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia, and portions of lower Bucks and Montgomery counties are currently under a winter storm warning, effective from 5 p.m. Thursday. Meanwhile, Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, and upper Bucks and Montgomery counties are under a winter weather advisory.
According to the Mount Holly, New Jersey station of the NWS, snow is expected to start falling between 4 to 7 a.m. on Friday and will persist throughout the evening.
Meteorologists predict that the Philadelphia metropolitan area will receive 4 to 6 inches of snow throughout the day. This amount of snowfall is unprecedented in the past 1,128 days, making it the highest accumulation in a 24-hour period.
Residents in central Pennsylvania should anticipate a snowfall ranging between 2 and 3 inches, with the potential for up to 4 inches in upper Lancaster County, as reported by the State College station.
Officials across the area have issued a list of warnings and advisories, which is provided below. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.
- PennDOT is advising drivers to avoid any unnecessary travel on Friday, and are pre-treating roadways to prevent ice buildup. Drivers should take extra caution approaching bridges and highway ramps, which are especially prone to black ice, the department said.
- Some vehicle restrictions will take effect on state and federal highways beginning at midnight Friday. For details, visit 511pa.gov.
- In Gettysburg, a snow emergency will be declared when two inches accumulate on the roadways.
- Tuesday’s 800 Penn Street courtyard dedication planned for Tuesday has been canceled due to predicted snow accumulation.
- A snow emergency will be declared in Falls Township at 6 a.m. Friday and will last for 24 hours. All vehicles, boats, and trailers must be removed from township roads and stored on private property to allow plow access.
- In Perkasie and Sellersville, all commercial properties must remove snow and ice from sidewalks within six hours, police said. Sidewalks in front of Perkasie residences must be cleared within 18 hours, while Sellersville residents have up to 24 hours to shovel.
- Upper Southampton police said residents must remove all vehicles from snow emergency routes if an emergency is declared.
- In Newtown, a snow emergency is in effect from 6 a.m. Friday through midnight Saturday.
- In Doylestown, the Central Bucks Regional Police Department will be closed Friday.
- In Kennett Square, a snow emergency will take effect on Friday at 8 a.m. and last until further notice. Vehicles must be removed from all Snow Emergency and Winter Warning routes (listed here).
- In West Chester, a snow emergency will take effect at 9 p.m. Thursday and last through 6 a.m. on Saturday.
- In Harrisburg, sanitation will begin making routes at 4 a.m. for neighborhoods with Friday pickup. The Public Works Department is also asking residents not to shovel snow from sidewalks into city streets.
- In Yeadon, police are reminding residents not to leave vehicles unattended while they are warming up. Saving your parking spot by placing an object in the roadway is not permitted, they add.
- In Stevens, the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department office will be closed on Friday.
- In Allentown, residents must clear a 3-foot path on the sidewalk in front of their property within 10 hours of the end of the storm. Residents may not shovel snow into roadways or place items in cleared parking spots to reserve them.
- Also in Allentown, sanitation will begin earlier than usual on Thursday evening, and affected residents should set out their bins by 10 p.m.
- In Upper Moreland, residents must clear the sidewalks in front of their properties within 48 hours of “snowfall ceasing.” Residents are asked to reach out to elderly or sick neighbors to help them clear their walkways.
- In Bethlehem, residents are reminded they must make ” reasonable efforts” to remove built-up snow and ice from their vehicles within 24 hours of the end of the storm — including on the hood, trunk, and roof.
- All York County buildings, including courts, will be closed on Friday.