Tips to keep water pipes from freezing

With weather forecasters predicting cold temperatures very soon, Pennsylvania American Water today advised homeowners to prepare their homes now to prevent frozen and damaged household pipes. “We have experienced some mild winters in recent years, but that doesn’t mean customers should neglect to protect vulnerable areas of their homes to avoid frozen pipes that can burst and result in costly...

Old Man Winter takes a bite out of Chesco

Snow totals lower than forecast in some areas, but ice remains a concern Old Man Winter is throwing a mix of just about everything at Chester County in a late season storm that has paralyzed local roadways and left virtually all local schools and government offices closed — along with a large number of local businesses. It appears the snowfall amounts may end up a bit lower than advertised —...

Groundhog, forecasters agree: six more weeks of winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY – The big rodent and the science guys are on the same page, and it isn’t good news if you hate cold, wet winter weather in Chester County. As is a Pennsylvania tradition, Punxsutawney Phil — the groundhog — peeked out of his warren and saw his shadow, and apparently immediately returned to his burrow to binge-watch Netflix.    Send article as PDF...

Odds of major snowstorm blanketing Chesco 50-50

If you’re one to watch local TV, you might be under the impression that the Chester County area is going to be blanketed by a massive snowstorm this weekend — but that my not be the case. While some forecasts have called for as much a foot or more falling on the local area Friday night through Saturday, there is an equal chance of the storm amounting to little or even nothing. While local county...

Despite frosty February, Sipala said Kia sales were hot

Kia dealer with outlets in West Chester and Coatesville see big increase over 2014 Jim Sipala’s Kia of West Chester. The National Weather Service is reporting that the greater Philadelphia area experienced its coldest February since 1979, with the average temperature coming in at a frigid 25.8 degrees Fahrenheit. But those icy temps didn’t deter customers from flocking to the two Jim Sipala...

Deep freeze likely to be followed by snow

After being hit by some of the coldest temperatures in decades, with some wind chills below -20 degrees, parts of Chester County are bracing for what could be the season’s biggest snowfall Monday night into Tuesday, with the potential to snarl the morning commute and close schools, especially in the southern portion of the county. After a deep freeze took overnight temperatures below zero in...

Super Six: Baby, it’s cold outside

Six products to help you stay warm and comfy By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Happy New Year! With the chaos of the holidays behind us, it’s time to focus on how miserable the weather will be. Kidding! (not really) I hate being cold. I am 100% a summer girl. I spend from the beginning of December to approximately mid April complaining that my hands and toes feel like icicles. Therefore,...

County urges parents to keep kids safe in snow

Prevent them from tunneling in snow-plowed piles, which can collapse, officials say Chester County emergency services officials want to warn residents to take precautions when children are playing in the snow, which can be dangerous, despite its allure to youngsters. With such high snow accumulations in the county, officials recommend dressing children in brightly colored clothing and discouraging...

Sigh. A foot of snow (or more) blankets county

Schools, county offices closed; hope for warmer weather next week? By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The snow flies Thursday morning in Pocopson, where more than nine inches of snow had fallen by 9 a.m. A mix of snow, sleet and rain is expected to continue throughout the day with additional accumulations of 3 to 5 inches. With more than a foot of snow likely to blanket Chester County, here’s...

Winter of our discontent: yup, more snow coming

5,000 still without power as new storm looms By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times This low pressure system is expected to roll up the east coast of the United States, bringing snow, sleet and freezing rain to most of the coastal areas, according to the National Weather Service. Image courtesy NWS. Just as Chester County gets back to something like normal, the National Weather Service is predicting...