Yesterday I opined at length at the way the weather story was being reported. Basically I think the idea was to scare us to death.
Or simply keep us inside, sitting in front of the TV, captives to the weather mania that was sweeping the region.
We even had a cute name for the Nor'easter that was bearing down on the area and taking dead aim at New England.
I'm not kidding. We're now naming winter storms, the cold weather equivalent of hurricane season. Here's some background on how that came about.
The problem was Nemo wasn't acting as it was supposed to, at least not in the Philadelphia suburbs. Finding Nemo? Apparently Nemo was having trouble finding us.
It rained most of the day.
I decided to post a story on DelcoTimes.com and update it each hour on the snow watch. All morning and all afternoon I waited but failed to see nary a flake. It finally started to snow just a bit as I was driving home.
At best I would say we got a dusting. Which is odd, since I could have swore I heard a lot of forecasters just a few hours before saying they were "upping" their snow totals. To which I would reply, "what snow total?"
That is not to say this was not a huge storm. It dropped upwards of two feet of snow on New England. The problem is this is not New England. Even someone as geographically challenged as I am can see that.
The "northern and western" suburbs? I don't know where they hell they are.
What I do know is that I don't need Doppler radar to tell me the forecast yesterday missed the mark. Maybe we should all just stick our head out the window.
Yesterday morning I heard everything from driving in the rain being 'treacherous," to that old standby, "If you don't have to go out, don't." How do you think that went over with bar and restaurant owners on what would normally be a busy Friday night.
Another reporter stationed in Bucks County breathlessly reported the first few flakes, only to be deflated a half hour later when it changed back to rain.
Did the Lehigh Valley and parts of Bucks County get some snow? Sure. Did we? I can't find it, other than the dusting on my front lawn.
I know I'm not going to win this fight. I know the next storm will get hyped just as much as this one did.
But I'm no longer buying. It borders on being a public disservice.
Yesterday being Exhibit A. I rest my case.
We managed to escape the brunt of the storm.
Saturday is expected to be cloudy and windy with gusts as high as 36mph, according the the National Weather Service.
The snow should clear our early, according to NBC 10’s Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz.
The Sunday forecast is sunny with a high of 37, but Sunday night and into Monday morning, there is a chance of freezing rain after 1 a.m., according to the NWS.
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The winter storm sweeping up the East Coast on Friday has prompted several postponements in the Ardmore area. (Find the National Weather Service's updated forecast here.)
Lower Merion Township libraries and the Ardmore Avenue Community Center will open at noon Saturday, because of expected overnight snow and ice, township spokesman Tom Walsh announced Friday afternoon.
"The late openings will give Township Public Works employees time to ensure that whatever snow that has fallen is plowed, with roads and municipal parking lots cleared," Walsh said in a statement to media.
The Lower Merion High School boys' basketball team will now meet Ridley for the Central League title game at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Marple Newtown High School, the team website aceshoops.com announced.
The game had been scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at that location.
Milkboy in Ardmore announced via Facebook that its Sacred Heart Poetry Showcase scheduled for Friday night had been cancelled and that the restaurant would be closing at 7 p.m.
The poetry event will be rescheduled, according to the announcement.
Lower Merion School District announced the following:
The Lower Merion High School pool open swim 8-9pm cancelled.
The Combined Bala Cynwyd/Welsh Valley Winter Dance has been rescheduled to Friday, April 12 from 7-9pm.
The Pancake Breakfast at Belmont Hills Elementary School scheduled for Saturday, February 9 is cancelled and rescheduled to Sunday, February 10 at 8am.
Patch will update this list as more schedule changes are announced.
If you know of a storm-related delay, cancellation or closure, please tell us in the comments section below.
A 48-year-old Ardmore woman died Monday as a result of injuries from a skiing accident in Aspen, CO, the Aspen Daily News reports. Natalie Egleston, 48, suffered traumatic brain injuries when another skiier collided with her on Aspen Mountain.
Egleston was skiing that day with her boyfriend, according to The Daily Mail.
Pitkin County deputy coroner told Aspen Daily News that Egleston was not skiing at the time of the collision, but waiting for friends.
Around 3:45 p.m. Monday, a female skiier from New York City collided with Egleston, Aspen Daily News said. Ski patrol found Egleston unresponsive, and she was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The Daily Mail writes:
County deputy coroner Eric Hansen said Egleston’s fatal injury resulted from her head hitting the snow. She also suffered cracked ribs from the impact.
According to Jeff Lumsden, Egleston's 'brain stem snapped' as a result of the crash.
The second skiier suffered minor injuries, and both skiiers were wearing helmets.
Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo told Aspen Daily News that the collision does not appear to have been unusually strong, and it “may have been a perfect storm of circumstances” that led to her death.
Egleston's brother Brian told Denver Westword that she had moved back to the Philadelphia area recently after spending time in San Francisco.
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