Welcome to (a snowy) Thursday. If you're waking up to flakes, enjoy a moment of winter wonderland from your window — you won't be as fond of it once you step outside. Trust me.

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File Photo: A pedestrian braves the snow with an umbrella near 23rd and Spring Garden streets as snow falls on Dec. 15
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File Photo: A pedestrian braves the snow with an umbrella near 23rd and Spring Garden streets as snow falls on Dec. 15

Blizzard warnings are in effect for the Jersey Shore, the National Weather Service has issued a winter-storm warning for the immediate Philadelphia area, and schools are closing thanks to  a "bomb cyclone" (polar vortex is so 2017) moving up the coast.

That means subfreezing temps will be the norm until Monday and there will be dangerous wind today and tomorrow. We could see 4 to 5 inches of snow in Philly, and anywhere from 6 to 12 inches in South Jersey and the Shore. So far the deep freeze has brought at least one weather-related death in Montgomery County.

Dog owners should keep furry friends indoors as much as possible, but here's how to keep them safely covered up for outdoor walks. Breaking out the snowblower this morning? Be sure to know its ins and outs, or it could cost you a finger.

Sixers star center Joel Embiid had been ruled out of last night's game against the Spurs for a sprained right hand he suffered Sunday. But just minutes before the game, he changed his mind.

And it's a good thing, too; the team needed him. Despite a visibly swollen hand, he finished with 21 points, second on the team only to Ben Simmons with 26. The Sixers got their first three-game win streak since November and snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Spurs.

Speaking of ailments, when will injured rookie guard Markelle Fultz get back on the court? According to coach Brett Brown it's still a mystery.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has suspended construction on Sunoco's Mariner East 2 shale pipeline. Now they must satisfy several permit conditions before construction can continue.

The $2.5 billion project has met much opposition in Delaware and Chester Counties, through which Sunoco's building the second of three pipelines.

Sunoco has been reprimanded repeatedly for work problems on the system. Just last week, it was allegedly caught drilling illegally near Harrisburg. They were cited in November for construction spills, too.

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