Snow finally is pulling away from the region, but the National Weather Service has continued its winter weather advisory until 6 p.m. for Philadelphia and Delaware County and South Jersey, warning of icy roadways for the evening commute.
Overall, accumulations were on the high side of the forecast ranges, with 2.5 inches measured in Millville, Cumberland County, and 2.3 in Eagleville, Montgomery County, and Chadds Ford, Delaware County.
Officially as of 1 p.m. an inch was recorded at the official measuring site at National Park, N.J., upping the seasonal total all the way to 1.1 inches.
Due to the cold, the snow bonded instantly to roadway surfaces in the morning, creating hazardous conditions and apparently triggering a number of accidents, including one in Cherry Hill that was reported to be fatal.
A number of accidents were reported in South Jersey and Joe Miketta, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, said some heavier snow bands rippled through the area this morning, lowering visibility.
Armadas of salt trucks took to the streets, and were expected to be out on the highways into the evening rush hour. Temperatures have been stuck in the low 20s all day, but treated roads were mostly wet during the afternoon.
By midafternoon, Nottingham, Chester County, had weighed in with 1.8 inches of snow, with totals between 1 and 2 common elsewhere. Snow continued to fall from the immediate Philadelphia area and across South Jersey.
Besides the snow, the bitter cold provided another cause for concern, and officials have issued Code Blue alerts to get homeless people off the streets and into shelters. In Philadelphia, you can report a homeless person in need by calling the Outreach Hotline at 215-232-1984.
The snow has been generated by a fast-moving "clipper" system. was expected to be a fast mover, but the National Weather Service's winter weather advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. The advisory means that periods of snow could cause travel problems, including slippery roads and limited visibility.
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Road icing remains a concern.
Earlier, a number of crashes were reported around the region, including a five-vehicle accident on Haddonfield-Berlin Road in Cherry Hill. There is an unconfirmed report of one dead in that crash.
Speed limits on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway also were reduced to 45 m.p.h.
Highway crews were out during the night treating surfaces on major routes and the Philadelphia Streets Department says it will have about 70 vehicles out today.
SEPTA: No major problems reported as of 5 p.m.
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As of 5 p.m., Philadelphia International Airport reported was reporting delays of over an hour for departing flights and 55 minutes from arrivals, according to www.flightaware.com. The FAA in the meantime said some flights to Philadelphia International Airport were being delayed an average of nearly an at their originating gates. Check the status of flights at www.phl.org or call 1-800-745-4283.
At midafternoon www.FlightAware.com reported that 123 flights to or from Philadelphia International Airport had been canceled and 319 were delayed.