Winter Weather Advisory: 2-4 Inches | Elkins Park Man Faces Narcotics Charges

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📅 Tuesday, February 13, 2024
❄️ Winter Weather Advisory: 2-4 Inches of Snow Expected
🚦Elkins Park Man Faces Narcotics Charges After Traffic Stop
🚨Online Gaming Linked to Upper Moreland School Threat
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Winter Weather Advisory in Montgomery County: 2-4 Inches of Snow Expected

Montgomery County is bracing for a bout of winter weather, with a Winter Weather Advisory issued in anticipation of 2-4 inches of snow expected to start late tonight and continue through Tuesday. The advisory, announced by county officials, will be in effect from 3:00 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday, signaling a potentially challenging morning commute for residents.

The National Weather Service predicts that rain will transition to snow in the early hours of Tuesday, with the possibility of briefly heavy snowfall during the morning rush hour. Snowfall rates could reach one half to 1 inch per hour, creating conditions that may rapidly change road surfaces to snowy, slushy, or wet. Despite the mild temperatures, which may cause the precipitation to begin as rain, there's uncertainty regarding the exact snowfall amounts and the efficiency of snow accumulation on the roads.

Residents and commuters are advised to prepare for a range of conditions on Tuesday morning, as the weather could impact travel plans and road safety. The National Weather Service's statement highlights the importance of staying informed and exercising caution, regardless of the specific precipitation type in individual locations across the area.

Elkins Park Man Faces Narcotics Charges After Traffic Stop Unveils Drugs

Keith Anthony Hampton, a 53-year-old resident of Elkins Park, was apprehended by Warrington police on January 25 following a routine traffic stop that escalated after officers detected signs of illegal drug possession. During the stop, when Hampton presented his driver's license, officers observed drug paraphernalia within the vehicle and identified the smell of marijuana emanating from inside.

As they awaited the arrival of a K9 unit for backup, Hampton was asked to exit his vehicle. It was at this moment that officers witnessed him discreetly discarding two small baggies onto the ground. Upon inspection, these baggies were found to contain a "white chunky powder substance," which was further corroborated by a K9 officer as narcotics. The investigation deepened with the impoundment of Hampton’s car and the procurement of a search warrant, leading to the discovery of additional baggies and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.

As a result of these findings, Hampton faces charges including possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. This incident underscores the vigilance of local law enforcement in identifying and addressing drug-related offenses within the community.

Online Gaming Linked to School Threat, Upper Moreland Officials Say

Dr. Sue Elliott, the Superintendent of the Upper Moreland School District, issued an important update today following a concerning incident over the weekend. Initially, a voicemail threatening violence against the district led to the closure of all schools in the district today for safety reasons. However, after thorough investigation, it was concluded that the threat was not credible, and it was likely made by students sharing information through online gaming platforms.

Dr. Elliott emphasized the importance of monitoring children's online activities and discussing the potential dangers of sharing information via gaming and other online platforms. In light of the scare, she reassured the community that the Upper Moreland Police Department (UMPD) has been instrumental in ensuring the safety of students, staff, and schools, affirming that there is no current threat of violence.

Schools in the Upper Moreland District are scheduled to reopen and operate normally on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, weather permitting. Dr. Elliott also noted that counselors would be available to support students and staff who might be experiencing stress or anxiety due to the incident. She provided resources for families to facilitate conversations about threats of violence and online safety, including links to the National Association of School Psychologists and the Federal Trade Commission.

Dr. Elliott expressed gratitude for the community's support and partnership, emphasizing the district's commitment to the well-being and safety of all its members.

⚾️ The Philadelphia Phillies' quiet offseason has sparked speculation about a potential major move as the new season approaches. While signing a top free agent linked to them would be significant, acquiring Chicago White Sox ace Dylan Cease could be the most impactful move. This would not only strengthen their pitching rotation but also signal the Phillies' intent to compete at the highest level.

🏀 The Cleveland Cavaliers' nine-game winning streak was snapped by the Philadelphia 76ers last night. The Cavs returned to Cleveland from a four-game road trip and couldn't overcome a 76ers team who were prepared to take them on.

February truly is the month of love and Galentine’s Day on February 13 fits right in. We’re quick to shower our significant others with gifts and treats on February 14, but the day prior was designed to celebrate other equally important relationships in our lives: our girlfriends! Galentine’s Day is a time to bring together the ladies in your life you love most.

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