occurred on Christmas Eve, with the brunt of the storm occurring between 4 and 8 PM in Philadelphia as thunder was reported in the observations over a four hour period. Adding insult to injury were gusty winds, sustained at 25 mph at the top end of the storm in Philly with higher gusts while temperatures were in the lower 20's, bringing wind chill values in the lower single digits. Winds were sustained as high as 31 mph in Atlantic City at the peak of the storm.
The result was a storm that plastered the region with a foot of snow in Philadelphia (12.7"), Allentown (13.3"), Wilmington (12.5"), and points north of there. The Shore and South Jersey picked up lower amounts (about 6" in Vineland and Millville) thanks to sleet mixing in with the snow and avoiding the heaviest banding in the snowfall. For Philadelphia, this is still the second biggest Christmas snow on record...only outdone by the Christmas Storm of 1909, which brought 21" of snow to the region.