National Weather Service Reports Final Snowfall Totals

SANATOGA PA – A nor’easter storm of major proportions passed along the eastern edge of Pennsylvania between Friday and Saturday (Jan. 28-29, 2022) nights. It brought only light-to-moderate snowfall to western Montgomery County, but significantly more to the Philadelphia area 35 miles south, and more still to the New Jersey shore.

As they do occasionally, The Posts kept up with the storm’s progress and the events surrounding it with a series of brief notes and observations. Think of it as blogging on the bomb cyclone, a term that’s been mentioned frequently in recent days. The work ended Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, 9:30 p.m.: What Winter Storm Bobby Left Behind

Final Snowfall Totals; 422, 202 Speed Restrictions Lifted

The National Weather Service based in Mount Holly NJ on Saturday night issued a map (above) and text lists of snowfall amounts deposited by Winter Storm Bobby over a roughly 24-hour period. Its data collection points are listed by municipality names (below) within Montgomery, Berks, and Chester counties.

In Montgomery County:

  • Norristown, 7.4 in
  • Trappe, 6.6 in
  • Bala Cynwyd, 6.6 in
  • Phoenixville, 5.8 in
  • King of Prussia, 5.2 in
  • Horsham, 5.0 in
  • Willow Grove, 5.0 in
  • Glenside, 5.0 in
  • Upper Dublin Twp, 4.8 in
  • New Hanover Twp, 4.4 in
  • Spring Mount, 4.0 in
  • Lansdale, 3.5 in
  • Whitemarsh Twp, 3.5 in
  • Ambler, 3.0 in
  • West Conshohocken, 2.8 in

In Berks County:

  • Huffs Church, 4.1 in
  • Mertztown, 2.5 in
  • Topton, 2.0 in
  • Morgantown, 1.1 in
  • Leesport, 0.5 in

and In Chester County:

  • Malvern, 6.8 in
  • East Nantmeal Twp, 5.8 in
  • Phoenixville, 5.7 in
  • East Coventry Twp, 4.9 in
  • West Chester, 4.2 in
  • East Pikeland Twp, 4.0 in
  • West Goshen, 4.0 in
  • Glenmoore, 3.7 in
  • Malvern, 3.5 in
  • West Chester, 3.1 in
  • Devault, 3.1 in
  • Warwick, 2.9 in
  • Chester Springs, 2.0 in
  • Nottingham, 1.6 in.

Saturday, 5:10 p.m.: Speed Restrictions Lifted

The 45-mph speed limit restrictions placed early Saturday morning (below) due to the latest winter storm on several highways across southeast Pennsylvania – including U.S. Routes 422, 202, 30, and 1, and state Routes 63, 100 Spur, and 309 – have been lifted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Certain restrictions on commercial vehicles placed by PennDOT on Interstates 76, 95, 276, 476, and 676 also were removed, it added. As of this moment, limited commercial vehicle restrictions remain only on Interstate 295.

Saturday, 2 p.m.: Be Extra Cautious Working Outside

Car Windows to Scrape, But Little to Shovel Away

Montgomery County emergency dispatchers are increasingly busy Saturday afternoon, primarily with calls to first responders at emergency medical services. Take a look at a 2 p.m. screenshot from their website (above), and you’ll notice it contains three calls for assistance with cardiac emergencies or arrests, one of which was in Upper Providence; three calls for fall victims, one of which was in Limerick; two for head injuries, and one for back pains and a possible injury.

Are any or all attributable to clearing snow under icy conditions? There’s no way to know. These specific types of these calls tend to rise, though, as homeowners get outside to handle winter chores. Be very cautious and careful outdoors. Ask a family member or neighbor for possible help, particularly if you are elderly or ill or unable to leave the house. If push comes to shove, don’t do either. Let warmer weather solve the problem.

Saturday, 1:50 p.m.: No Change Yet on Speed Limit Restrictions

We’ve been asked if PennDOT has updated or lifted its earlier speed restrictions on U.S. Route 422, as mentioned below on Saturday at 1:30 a.m..

Short answer: as of this moment, no.

We’ll provide notice as soon as we receive it. Promise.

Saturday, 1:26 p.m.: Your Water Pipes are Frozen. Now What?

Readers today pointed us to a timely, and early, media release issued last Monday (Jan. 21) by Pennsylvania American Water that offered tips about preventing frozen pipes during cold temperatures like those we’re enduring now. It’s sort of late for such reminders, because the persistent cold is already on top of us.

However the water utility, which in part serves Royersford, Douglassville, Birdsboro, and Norristown, also offered a link to a video on its YouTube channel on “Thawing Frozen Pipes” (above). Hope you don’t need it. If you do, hope it helps.

Saturday, 1:22 p.m.: Guess the Alternative is a Can of Chili

The Chick-fil-A restaurant at the Gateway to Sanatoga shopping center, near Costco at 14 W. Lightcap Rd., has announced it will be “temporarily closed due to inclement weather.” If you’re a Chick-fil-A fan, you already know they are closed Sunday, so Monday will be the soonest you can indulge in its menu.

Saturday, 10:49 a.m.: Local Forecasts Seemingly Hit The Mark

Car Windows to Scrape, But Little to Shovel Away
Snow-covered boughs and pine cones of an evergreen tree Saturday at 10:40 a.m. on North Sanatoga Road in Sanatoga

Weather forecasters on television stations in Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley pretty much agree that, this time, their predictions were accurate. After a week of hemming and hawing over differences between various computer models, a majority of them settled on the notion that the “northwest suburbs” of Philadelphia would receive between 1 and 3 inches of snow. That’s about what western Montgomery County got. Now the work facing its citizens is scraping off vehicle windows (at top) and clearing driveways.

Be sure to bundle up when you go, by the way. AccuWeather at this moment reports the temperature in Pottstown is 17 degrees, with a light snow still falling in some locations.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.: Talk About Timely? It’s the Ice N’ Spice Festival

Far be it from us to recommend traveling anywhere today. The same forecasters mentioned above continue to urge people to stay off the roads. The Posts will heed their advice.

That said, yet another irony of Winter Storm Bobby is the fact that its arrival coincides with the three-day, 5th annual Ice N’ Spice Festival in West Reading PA. It’s displaying large, hand-carved ice sculptures between 400 and 700 blocks of Penn Avenue in the borough. Businesses there also are offering discounts and other specials, based on the theme of the festival, promoters said. The festival hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We’re betting Sunday is the safe day to attend and see the sights. One thing’s for certain: nothing will have melted before the festival ends.

Saturday, 10:17 a.m.: Spring City Snow Emergency in Effect

A snow emergency that was declared Friday beginning at 6 p.m. in Spring City is scheduled to expire Saturday at noon. That’s an hour and 43 minutes from now. Until then, all vehicles must be removed from the Snow Emergency routes.

Saturday, 9 a.m.: Bye, Bye Bingo Again

Bingo games scheduled for Saturday night at the Ringing Hill Fire Company in Lower Pottsgrove Township have been canceled, its Facebook page stated, “because of the temps and weather! Stay safe and warm!,” it suggested.

Saturday, 5:48 a.m.: ‘Bone-Chilling Temperatures’

The folks at Action News (WPVI, Philadelphia, Channel 6) report the temperature in Pottstown at this moment is 19 degrees, but by 3 p.m. its forecasters claim it will feel much colder due to wind chills. Chris Sowers called the conditions “a six-layer day. No kidding.” His good news? Snowfall in Montgomery County is “a really light event;” in Norristown, though, 4.5 inches have fallen. The storm should clear out of southeastern Pennsylvania by noon, the team said.

Saturday, 5:26 a.m.: ‘Hi, There! I’m Bobby!’

CDL Life, an online news service that serves the commercial trucking industry and its drivers, is reporting this latest assault by Mother Nature has a name. It’s being called “Winter Storm Bobby,” the news service said. Several other news sources, here, confirm that.

Saturday, 4:37 a.m.: Quiet on Montgomery County’s Emergency Front

Keeping Up With Pennsylvania's Weekend Nor'Easter

A check of the active incident dispatch status website (above) operated by Montgomery County’s Emergency Operations Center in Eagleville indicates things are quiet on county roadways early Saturday. It was following only one vehicle accident, in Whitemarsh, and three disabled vehicles in Abington, Towamencin, and Franconia, respectively.

Saturday, 1:30 a.m.: State Reduces Speeds on 422, Other Routes

Speed limits on the length of U.S. Route 422 through Montgomery County have been reduced to 45 miles per hour, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported. Also restricted to 45 mph, it added, were U.S. Routes 202, 30, and 1; Interstates 76, 95, 295, 476, and 676; and state Routes 63, 100 Spur and 309. PennDOT also wants most commercial vehicles to stay off those highways until otherwise notified.

Friday, 11:24 p.m.: The Races Must Go On

Ernie Saxton, who retired months ago from promotional work for Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, was busy Friday night in, of all places, Atlantic City NJ. Despite the forecast of heavy snow to hit shore areas, Saxton and an audience of race fans crowded into Boardwalk Hall to watch the indoor auto racing championship there. Another crowd is expected to return Saturday night for “the 19th running of the NAPA Know How Gambler’s Classic for TQ Midgets, which will compete over a 40-lap distance with 26 starters,” Saxton reports.

Friday, 8:22 p.m.: Snowy Irony for the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy

Just found a notice from the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy. Its Saturday (Jan. 29) Snowshoe 5K cross-country event planned at the Spring Mount Ski Area in Schwenksville has been postponed to Sunday (Jan. 30) … because of the snow storm. The conservancy is now promoting it as a “day after” activity. It starts at 7 p.m., as well as its shorter race, the Full Moon Snow Stomp.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Friday, 5:18 p.m.: Bye, Bye Bingo

“Out of an abundance of caution for our Bingo players and firehouse volunteers,” New Hanover Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services wrote on its Facebook page, its Bingo games were canceled.

Friday, 5:17 p.m.: Look at the Bright Side, AccuWeather Suggests

Keeping Up With Pennsylvania's Weekend Nor'Easter
If it’s purple-colored, you really, really don’t want to be there
Map graphic provided by AccuWeather Inc., State College PA

Forecasters at AccuWeather Inc. in State College PA, with a story they transmitted for potential publication, again reminded us that someone, somewhere is always worse off than we are.

“The storm could unload over 3 feet of snow and up to 90-mph winds,” it wrote, “as it pounds eastern New England and creates an all-out blizzard — one that not only has the potential to be a top-five winter storm for cities like Boston, but could leave a lasting impression on the region for this decade and perhaps many more to come.”

Friday, 3:10 p.m.: MCCC Closed Saturday

“Due to the forecasted weather,” Montgomery County Community College said in an e-mail, “MCCC physical locations are not accessible Saturday, January 29.” All three of its campuses, in Pottstown, the Culinary Arts Institute in Lansdale, and the main campus in Blue Bell, will be shuttered.

Friday, 3:09 p.m.: Lower Salford Declares Snow Emergency

Lower Salford Township “declared a snow emergency starting Friday at 6 p.m. and ending Saturday, at 6 a.m. During a snow emergency,” it said, “residents on those streets that are posted as a snow emergency street (must ensure) vehicles are off the street, or your vehicle may be ticketed or towed.”

All Lower Salford residents also are asked to “do their best to remove any type of sporting equipment, trash receptacles, recycling bins, and decorations from the right-of-way. A good rule of thumb is to have these items at least 10 feet away from the curb.”

Friday, 3:08 p.m.: Joe Ciresi Sends Warmest Wishes

The regularly weekly e-mailed newsletter from the Royersford office of 146th House District Rep. Joe Ciresi arrived in subscribing constituents’ e-mail boxes, with a timely greeting. “The snow is coming down, so please stay safe and stay warm when you’re outside today,” he wrote. He even included a graphic offering winter safety tips for pet owners.

Friday, 11:11 a.m.: PennDOT Preps for The Press

The media relations team for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 6, headquartered in King of Prussia, is extremely efficient. It’s already notified The Posts and other news outlets across Montgomery, Chester, Philadelphia, Delaware, and Bucks counties of who from its staff will be available to reporters for interviews and answers to questions as the storm moves through.

Although its more than 6 years old, PennDOT continues to offer a video on its YouTube channel to discuss how it prepares for winter storms. See it above.

Top photo by Todd Trapani via Unsplash, used under license