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Philly Braces For Global Warming

By Wyatt Earp | December 19, 2009

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Stay warm, ladies! Philadelphia is scheduled to get 8-14 inches . . . of snow.

The Philadelphia region is bracing for the first major snowfall of the season. The National Weather Service says some areas of the region could see up to a foot of snow, along with heavy winds, from early Saturday until Sunday.

A winter storm warning has been put into effect from 1 a.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Sunday, when the heaviest snowfall is expected.

The snow is expected to arrive beginning in the early hours of Saturday morning. The heaviest snow is expected to fall between the hours of 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday. The massive system is forecasted to end in the early morning hours of Sunday.

The Philadelphia region and the I-95 corridor is expected to get between 8-14 inches of snow. (H/TCBS3)

If that’s so, I am punching Al Gore in the groin.

I usually trust weather babes as much as I trust politicians, so don’t be surprised if this is much ado about nothing. Of course, I am writing this on Friday night because unlike most people, I have to drag my sorry ass into work by 7am. Hopefully, I won’t have to take my toboggan.

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: The final tally is 20 inches. (That’s what she said.) Digging out this morning was a bear, but I got in to work on time. Hooray.

Topics: Philly | 18 Comments »

18 Responses to “Philly Braces For Global Warming”

  1. Morgan Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Yeah, I hope you don’t have to take your toboggan either. Stay safe out there!

  2. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Wyatt, I would comment on this post,
    but I am currently at Pathmark buying up as much bread, milk and eggs as I can carry.

    Born and raised in New England (where we had a hell of a lot more snow) I would like to share a few thoughts:

    1. People of PA and NJ- you do not know how to drive in snow. Period. When the nice man on the radio tells you to drive slower than usual because of slippery conditions, it may be in your best interest to do so.

    2. City of Philadelphia plow operators, it doesn’t snow that often here, so when we get a few inches, it would be nice if you’d clear off a few more streets than just Broad.

    3. School district, you have cancelled school at the threat of snow. I can’t believe anyone takes John Bolaris seriously. My cousin lives in rural, northern Maine. Two years ago, they had over two hundred inches of snow. You want to know how many snow days the children of Aroostook County had? FIVE.

    4. Finally, I would like to thanks those of you who dress improperly in the cold weather. Because you lack the common sense to wear gloves, and stick your hands in the pockets of your pants to keep them warm, I have been the lucky recipient of what falls out of your pockets, many times. Just two weeks ago, Mr. C found sixty bucks on Market Street! That bottle of Chateauneuf de Pape was delightful- so thanks! BTW, scarves are a good thing this time of year as well.

  3. RT Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I was going to do my Christmas shopping, today. However, I am finishing the cookies, today. They will be sent on Monday…the last day I can send them.

    Oh, you’ll need your snowmobile on the way home.

  4. Raptor Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Mrs. C,

    1. Not only do they not know how to drive in the snow, they don’t know what to drive in it either. I once saw a man sliding backwards down a hill in a BMW Z3 convertable. Said man, who is a family friend, also owns/owned (it was a few years ago) a Volvo wagon.

    2. Don’t live in Philly itself, so I can’t comment, but knowing what I know about the city, I believe it.

    3. You obviously have no experience with my local district. Every other district in the tri-state area will cancel, there can be a foot of snow and ice, trees can be down everywhere, and Armageddon can be imminent but they still won’t cancel.

    4. I know what you mean, only I’m too darn polite to just keep the stuff; I have to return it. Stupid conscience.


    Al Gore can take his global warming bullsh*t and shove it so far up his @$$ that he chokes to death on it.

  5. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Raptor, it’s not money I see falling out of someone’s pocket- I’ve actually picked that up and returned it. It’s a ten spot blowing down the street and no one’s around. But I can’t speak for Mr. C of course! ;)

  6. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Oh yeah, and on behalf of us ladies- thanks for the stud shot!

  7. dragonlady474 Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Brad Pitt…blech! Give me Vigo Mortensen as Aragorn ANYDAY.

  8. Bloviating Zeppelin Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Snow tires on the cop cars??


  9. Ingineer66 Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Hope you stay safe and warm today Wyatt. I will be thinking of you guys out here in NorCal. It was 63 degrees yesterday, but not supposed to be that warm today. We have similar problems with drivers out here. From San Francisco where it has never snowed you can jump on a freeway and in a couple of hours be in Truckee one of the coldest places in the nation.
    You can imagine how a bunch of city driving yahoos, that have zero snow driving experience, on their way to Reno for the weekend drive in snow that includes steep mountains over Donner Summit.

    The school closing are all relative. My in-laws moved from Boston area to North Carolina. If it snows an inch in Carolina the schools close or start at Noon. In Mass. they almost never closed for snow.

  10. Bitter Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I told someone who is flying into Philly tomorrow that he shouldn’t worry because even streets like our little piddly neighborhood roads have already been plowed at least once. Then I remembered that we have the luxury of living outside of the city, so he had to ignore my good news update. :)

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Morgan – Wasn’t bad on the way in, but tomorrow morning – my last day of work until after Christmas – will be a bear.

    Mrs. Crankipants – 1. Absolutely correct. Of course, today I was behind some jackass driving 10 mph, but . . .

    2. In the 12 years living on my street, we have seen exactly one plow. One.

    3. I personally despise Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz. Get rid of the bowtie, you tool!

    RT – I’ll be taking my good old time driving home after work today. Trust me.

    Raptor – The glo-bull warming toads will just say that this is a side effect of global warming. Whatever leads the fools to their platform.

    Mrs. Crankipants – Fair game. I would have done the same thing.

    DL474 – Now I have to jot down everyone’s favorite stud? Ugh, let me get some paper . . .

    BZ – We use chains when it gets bad. Goes a long way into wrecking the streets.

    Ingineer66 – My friend Kev lives in Arizona, and he says the same thing. Some snow in the mountains and people go ape-sh*t.

  12. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Bitter – Yeah, thanks for that. I’m good once I hit Abington. Gotta drive through it to get to work, and it’s always clear.

  13. Easily Lost Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Wyatt, I feel your pain, we just went through that. Stay warm and drive safe!

    Oh yeah, the eye candy was wonderful ;)

  14. Randal Graves Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    My street was just wet until 2 p.m. thanks to the numerous salt applications. And now it is being plowed at least once an hour. Woohooooo!

  15. Smite A. Hippie Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    heh. yeah how’s that global warming workin out for you?

    ’bout as good as the hoax n change, i’m sure…

  16. Smite A. Hippie Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    and to all those that would just say “climate change” instead of global warming, I say ->

    it’s cold out now? and snowing too? in December? go on!!

    oh and just to counteract such weather, I went and turned up my thermostat a bit extra, for comfort. I wonder how many carbon credits I burned there?

    Also, i plugged in the my truck’s engine block last night, adding 1200+/- watts to the coal-burning electrical grid, and before heading out to run errands today, left the diesel truck idling for nearly 10 minutes heating it up inside.

    Take that, hippies!!! :P

  17. Jason Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    I live on a street that slopes upwards from the Delaware River. It is great fun during snow storms to watch the dolts spin, slip, and slide their way up our street. Nary a snow storm appears without the requisite turd traveling too fast down the street and over the stop signs at the bottom of the hill, out onto 611 into oncoming traffic with no way to stop but contacting the guard rail, or up over the curb into someone’s yard.

    Having grown up in Central America (Nebraska) I learned early on that there are times when it is much easier to not be out on the road. I realize that everyone thinks that they are excellent drivers but snow is the great equalizer.

    Tomorrow we ride sleds and laugh at the crunched bumpers and fenders of those who just don’t understand the basic laws of physics.


  18. Jim Says:
    December 20th, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Let me just say — Florida. I walked the dogs a couple of hours ago, shorts, no jacket. Just after 1AM and it’s 53 degrees. The lowest high forecast all week is 62.