NWS blows PHL forecast -- heavy snow today (Sunday 12/08/2013)

 
Old Dec 8, 13, 11:52 am
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NWS blows PHL forecast -- heavy snow today (Sunday 12/08/2013)

I'm just south of PHL right now, and it's coming down at over an inch an hour. NWS just issued a winter storm warning for the area. It was just supposed to be a minor nuisance storm (like a coating). They still say it will change to rain late tonight, but I would anticipate poor flying conditions for this afternoon and evening.
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Old Dec 8, 13, 12:03 pm
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Originally Posted by iahphx View Post
I'm just south of PHL right now, and it's coming down at over an inch an hour. NWS just issued a winter storm warning for the area. It was just supposed to be a minor nuisance storm (like a coating). They still say it will change to rain late tonight, but I would anticipate poor flying conditions for this afternoon and evening.
Yeah, watching the pre-game for the Lions @ Eagles on tv and it is coming down so hard you can barely see the field.
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Old Dec 8, 13, 12:17 pm
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NWS blows PHL forecast -- heavy snow today

PHL has a ground stop with heavy snow/freezing fog and 1/4 mile visibility. I live 60 miles west of DCA and its been snowing all day here too. Glad I'm off! Safe travels to those out there.
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A good day to be retired...

1/4 mile visibility will make a shambles of the Express operation.

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Old Dec 8, 13, 12:25 pm
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Yeah, watching the pre-game for the Lions @ Eagles on tv and it is coming down so hard you can barely see the field.
Yeah, I've got the Eagles game on, too, and it's an epic snowfest. I feel sorry for all the fans who showed up expecting a few flakes. Not sure how they'll get home.

A little sad that US Airways' last day as an independent company will probably be one of the most challenging in their history. This storm has come out of nowhere.
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Old Dec 8, 13, 12:36 pm
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Snow is funny that way - a shift in the frontal position of 20-30 miles can make a big difference in how much snow a specific location will get.

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Old Dec 8, 13, 12:49 pm
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Snow is funny that way - a shift in the frontal position of 20-30 miles can make a big difference in how much snow a specific location will get.

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It will be interesting to hear reports from the airports. I just saw a little of the Ravens game in Baltimore, and while it's snowy there, it's nothing like Philly.

The airlines have gotten pretty good at preemptively cancelling flights in recent years. Here, nothing would have been cancelled in advance, so you're going to get a lot of stranded pax. We'll see how they handle it. Really good not to be travelling today.
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I have been sitting in the club at PHL since 1030am. I was supposed to go out at 1145, all looked good, but then weather in DFW cancelled the flight. I was able to get on another flight later today to SAT, but it has really been coming down.

For a while you couldn't see the runway, or even more than 3 planes out from the club window. It does seem to be smaller flakes now, or maybe it is just wishful thinking!

At least the inbound from NAS did take off a few minutes ago, so my plane is on the way here.

I have never been looking forward to a flight on a smaller plane (for nearly 4 hours) than I have today. I really don't want to be stuck in PHL!

Update from C Club at 4pm - not currently snowing, plows are clearing taxiways. My inbound scheduled to land any minute, and it is a E190. Looks like some planes lining up to take off, all US Airways that I can see.

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Old Dec 8, 13, 2:34 pm
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Reporting live from A Club: airport virtually closed

No take off/landings.
But it is not snowing any longer - hope they will re-open any time soon.
Lounge is empty - I guess many folks would not make the connections.
My FRA flight already re-scheduled to 5.30pm.
Most TATL flights diverted to BOS/BDL/BGR.

UPDATE - 2 private jets just landed (at about 3.35pm), Virgin America A320 also just landed...

UPDATE 2 - aircraft started arriving but snow is not removed from the taxiways, so they cannot reach the terminal buildings

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Old Dec 8, 13, 2:43 pm
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No take off/landings.
But it is not snowing any longer - hope they will re-open any time soon.
Sadly, it just started snowing again by me. Forecast calls for more snow but nobody is going to trust them today. I pulled up the weather radar and it does look like there's more precip to the west, but I'm not a meteorologist and, even if I were one, it doesn't seem like that knowledge would help much in predicting the snow today!
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A good day to be retired...

1/4 mile visibility will make a shambles of the Express operation.

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Right on my good friend, what storm lmao
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Originally Posted by GalleyWench View Post
PHL has a ground stop with heavy snow/freezing fog and 1/4 mile visibility. I live 60 miles west of DCA and its been snowing all day here too. Glad I'm off! Safe travels to those out there.
Glad you're off. Take care of the kids.
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Old Dec 8, 13, 5:02 pm
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Originally Posted by BoeingBoy View Post
Snow is funny that way - a shift in the frontal position of 20-30 miles can make a big difference in how much snow a specific location will get.

Jim

Not this time. The frontal position wasn't the problem. The forecasters did not predict the deformation zone forming today and completely blew the forecast for most of the Philly metro area.

Here's a great explanation of what happened.

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Old Dec 8, 13, 5:37 pm
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My LAX-PHL (716, 8:25 a.m.) was canceled for tomorrow.

Question -- is there a special reservation line for DM Gold? I don't have my card w/ me. When I called the rebooking line, the automated system recognized me, but I've been on hold for 20 minutes now so thinking it might be better to HUACA if there's a better #... a PM would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

eta: 65 minutes and holding... any help would be great...

eta: 110 minutes... this is ugly

eta: well, disregard. got someone to find my card and read me the phone number... and it's the same number the flight notification email told me to call... which is the number i've been on hold with for 2 hours. oh well.

eta: final hold time was 121 minutes. agent was friendly. changed my LAX-PHL-DCA to LAX-PHX-DCA. Went from F seat to second-to-last row/middle-seat on long flight, but glad to get a flight.

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Old Dec 8, 13, 11:14 pm
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Big mess here in BOS -- lots of flights to PHL and DCA were axed. Have two relatives on the couch who were trying to fly BOS-DCA-DTW tonight but are now flying BOS-CLT-DTW tomorrow -- and by 4PM they were running out of seats for morning departures.
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