After a cold weekend where temperatures dipped to 4 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Monday afternoon in eastern Pennsylvania. Freezing rain and sleet are expected to fall between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m., causing slippery roads and sidewalks during rush hour. The temperature is not expected to rise above 34 degrees Fahrenheit until Tuesday afternoon.
Several schools in the Philadelphia area opened late on Monday morning due to the chilly temperatures, while others reported they would dismiss their students and teachers early to avoid icy rush hour conditions. In Atlantic City, the entire public school system was closed for the day in anticipation of unsafe conditions.
The cold weather has been wreaking havoc on Philadelphia’s water system. The Philadelphia Water Department announced on Sunday that they have received more than 140 reports of water main breakages since January 1. The Vine Street Expressway was closed on Sunday when subzero temperatures caused a water main break. The historic Uptown Theater was also flooded the same day when their pipes burst. Workers quickly moved to turn off the water before it turned to ice. The cold caused unsafe conditions on Sansom Street after a pipe break sent water pouring over the sidewalk. The water quickly froze, coating the area in a slick sheet of ice. Residents in Logan reported that a water main breakage flooded their basements with freezing water.
While Sunday’s extreme temperatures tied a 2014 record for lowest recorded temperature, temperatures on Monday are expected to only go as low as 28 degrees Fahrenheit. However, extreme wind chill will cause the relative outdoor temperature to stay below 26 degrees. Temperatures are expected to gradually rise over the rest of the week, reaching a high in the fifties on Friday before dipping back down into the twenties on Sunday.