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16 people are forced out of their homes following a rowhouse fire in montgomery county. but the big story on "action news" at noon is the winter storm that could cause problems during the evening commute. sky6 live hd showing you the conditions in cape may. accuweather tracking snow that will eventually change over to rain with a messy mix in between. david murphy is at the "action news" big board with the latest. >> reporter: i want to start you out with the winter weather advisories and then we'll get to radar. you can see the whole area is covered by this. what will happen you'll see a changeover from snow to rain. the advisory in south jersey and delaware is in effect until 4:00 p.m. we think after that it will warm up and change to rain where slick roads conditions will improve. down south they have winter
storm warning in sussex county, you may see more snow down there before the changeover. in and around the i-95 corridor, we'll see the advisory up until 10:00. i could see roads improving before that. in a moment we'll see how future tracker will show how rain will change over at 1:00 a.m. improvement from south to north is what we are expecting. what we're seeing right now is snow overtaking most of the region. still south of allentown and reading and fairly light in the immediate northern suburbs. you can see the brighter shade of white in philadelphia, southern chester county and parts of south jersey, as well. these are steadier bands rising up from the south. this is not the heaviest snow we're seeing this winter, as we are looking at a small accumulation, it is cold enough at the surface and the bands are bright enough they will put down
some accumulation. as we look at future tracker 6 the rest of the way, between now and 2:00 p.m. you can see how the snow filters in. warm air to the south pushes the rain to the north. by 6:00, the rain line is past us, with a period of sleet and freezing rain expected during the transition period we could see be looking at it's a residual freezing there. in allentown, will be improving tonight. when i come back we'll talk about the specifics in road conditions and how they will go over the next couple of hours and in the evening. meanwhile, penndot will be working throughout the evening all day and into the night. the agency has 120 trucks and 100 thousands tons of salt. "action news" walter perez will have more on penndot's plan coming up in a live report at
12:30. we're tracking conditions from our delaware newsroom. the snow is starting to fall across the first state. vernon odem is live in newark. we go there, high, vern. >> reporter: hi, sarah, the snow has been falling in the first state for over an hour now. as you look at the ground it's starting to stick and accumulate on the grassy surface. as predicted the snow started coming down in delaware at 11:00 a.m. deldot started brining the main highways before dawn. the snow is coming from the south. i spoke to motorists heading north. when we left for a hockey tournament there was about an inch of snow on the ground outside of washington. >> reporter: a good amount of snow. for them, we're from jersey, we're used to handling the snow. from richmond, very bad,
very bad. >> reporter: tell me about it. they are not plowing the snow. you got to drive through it. lucky we know how to drive because we get a lot of snow up there. >> reporter: how was maryland? there was a lot of snow there, too. >> reporter: this jersey man is heading to baltimore because of his job. down to baltimore. >> reporter: they say the weather is slushy and bad. that's what i understand. it's not as bad as it gets up north. >> reporter: as you look at i-95 southbound you can see the traffic moving along at a good clipper system, despite the snow, delaware is on alert as they get ready for the rain to take over sometime later this afternoon. vernon odem channel 6 "action news" reporting live from newark, delaware. all right, vernon, thank you,. let's switch live to mobile 6 out and about, this is the view on the roads in absecon, new jersey. this is atlantic county. the snow is coming down and
roads are snow-covered in absecon, a little bit of pavement showing through where the traffic has been traveling over the roads. this will change to rain later this afternoon. at the moment they are dealing with snow-covered side roads in absecon, atlantic county. we'll have the latest weather and traffic reports on "action news" at 4:00 p.m. a reminder as the snow moves through, keep your devices open to 6abc.com/weather you can find street level forecasting from storm tracker 6 live 6. follow our team of meteorologist also on facebook and twitter and other social platforms. turning to other news now, firefighters in delaware county spent the morning battling a house fire that sent a person to the hospital. chopper 6 hd was over the scene of the 500 block of strathmere road in havertown. again one person was rushed to the hospital. no word on their identity or condition. no other injuries reported, but it did take fire crews several
minutes to bring things under control. the cause of the fire under investigation. another fire in norristown forced more than a dozen people out of their homes late last night. the flames sparked in a rowhouse and spread to the neighbors on both sides. the bitter cold made it difficult for firefighters to battle the blaze. crews had to call in salt trucks to deal with the wet roads that became icy. we have multiple septa buss here and medical buses to keep the personnel warm. two residents escaped from a third floor window. 15 people are getting help from the red cross. katherine scott spoke to the homeowners and she will have their reaction at 12:30. classes resumed at ursinus college after a stomach bug sickened students faculty and staff. annie mccormick has the latest
from the campus in collegeville. >> reporter: over the weekend there were more cases of stomach illnesses reported at ursinus college. that brings the number of sick students to more than 200. school officials have taken aggressive measures to resume classes. we wouldn't be resuming classes if we did not have full confidence that the community was ready to return. >> reporter: when students started showing symptoms last week they took measures and closed the dining hall on wednesday. thursday afternoon they canceled classes for the rest of the week. this weekend working with the montgomery county department of health they began an aggressive cleaning effort. we were very aggressive in the cleaning and sanitizing and disinfecting of all the common
spaces. >> reporter: the dining hall passed the department of health inspection on saturday. some students who went home sick opted to stay home another day. it was weird they get six for 18 hours and it was over. alyssa lives in a dorm and dodged the bullet last week. her dorm mates were not as truckie. do you feel confident coming back. i do. i was a little nervous, because it's a big dorm. >> reporter: thisthis is a mysty if it is food born illness or transmitted from person to person. reporting in collegeville, annie mccormick channel 6 "action news." officials in lehigh county are investigating after a woman's body was found inside a recycling bin in allentown. the body was discovered yesterday afternoon in the parking lot near the 800 block
of east tillman street. police are trying to identify the woman and autopsy is planned for tomorrow. they describe her as an asian woman between 18 and 30 years old. if anyone knows of a missing person matching this description give the police a call as soon as possible. a suspect robber led police on a short chase and crashed into several parked cars and injured a woman before being arrested. the chase started when the suspect stole a delivery man's car. the victim called for help and the police arrived quickly and located the car. during a short chase, the stolen vehicle hit a rd -- red vehicle with a woman inside it and she was taken to the hospital. the fight begins over who she would nominate justice antonin scalia's replacement.
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platt bridge from sky6 live hd. the snow is falling steadily in philadelphia. we'll get another update from accuweather in just a few minutes. flags are flying at half staff in the nation's capitol in honor of the late supreme court justice antonin scalia. two days after he died the battle over his success is youos making headlines from washington to the campaign trail. >> reporter: good afternoon, rick and sarah, the battle lines have been drawn and we understand that the obama administration has been working around the clock since saturday looking at a list of nominees. justice antonin scalia was the brightest legal mind in america. his passing and the impact on the 2016 electrics could not be -- elections could not be more profound. senator majority leader mitch
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mobile 6 is moving without any problems. meteorologist david murphy tells us the changeover to rain will happen in a few hours, be careful as you head out to the jersey shore this weekend. the ground is cold, so it's sticking immediately. >> reporter: that's the issue. we've had arctic air in place over the last few days, it's sticking to the surface. storm tracker 6 live double scan is showing the change to rain line is off the coast, so we're seeing snow from cape may to atlantic city into philadelphia. i'll show you a closer view in the immediate region. i'll show you that bright white band and lavender showing up over near medford lakes. it is steadier snow, it's not piling up super-fast, but it's sticking. in areas where you're seeing the whiter shades of white. even the darker shades of gray,
because it's so cold, it's starting to stick. iervel -- i've had some tweets people saying it started an hour ago, but it's sticking. the whiter bands is heading toward northern bucks and chester county. there's a lull down south, where it is snowing, but it's not that bright shade of wide. i'll leave you with the wider view. this will be the picture for the rest of the afternoon. we're waiting for the change of rain it's getting close to cape may before too much longer and push into philadelphia later today. as we look outside, we have cloudy skies of course, sky6 live hd showing the korean veteran's war memorial. 24 degrees in philadelphia. up a bit from earlier this morning. the windchill even though it's a light wind not that bad, 16 degrees is what it feels like right now. if you're heading you need to
bundle up against the cold. 20 in allentown. 33 in cape may. future tracker 6 showing you between now and 3:00 p.m. the snow continues in through philadelphia and points north. you can see that the change to rain occurs. there will be a period of, perhaps, an hour or two as you change over from snow is to rain and there could sleet and freezing rain mixing in. 6:00 p.m., the snow line is pushing past us, there could pockets of freezing rain lingering behind the snow line. what are we expecting on the ground by the time all is said and done, a coating to an inch. we have had some reports where they have gone an inch and half or more closer to the south. and then it's 1 to 3 inches in the center portion of the region. today as high will get up to 36, but that's not until later
tonight. along the way, maybe 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., we'll get above freezing in philadelphia. and, of course, we have the snow eventually changing to rain, but give it extra time in case there's freezing rain. on tuesday, we have another round of rain heavy at times, especially around midday into early afternoon that could trigger street flooding. 48 wednesday, 40 thursday, and in the 50s over the weekend and a couple of showers. good recovery. quick break, we'll be right back stay with us.
hello, again, here some of the stories we're following on "action news" at 12:30, the snow has started to fall in parts of the region. accuweather is tracking another winter storm that will have the most impact on the evening commute. david murphy has the details next. three homes in norristown catch fire forcing a dozen people out into the bitter cold. a drug smuggling effort uncovered in australia. tracking a winter storm that will end as rain. warmer temperatures are on the way. let's look outside, mobile 6 traveling along near the je