WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FOR PHILADELPHIA!
Snow Emergency Declared For Philly Beginning At 6PM!
Mayor Michael Nutter held a press conference at city hall outlining the city’s strategy to handle the big storm. The main bullet points include:
A snow emergency Philadelphia goes into effect at 6pm tonight. This means that if you are parked on a snow emergency route, move your car before 6pm! If not, your car will be ticketed and towed. If you do have to move your car, please don’t park close to corners of streets, which will slow down snow cleanup. The city will strictly enforce this.
If you are not sure whether or not you are parked in a snow emergency route, go to www.philadelphiastreets.com and click on Transportation/Highway/Snow. If your car is towed, please call 215-686-SNOW to help locate your car.
According to Nutter, in Center City the Philadelphia Parking Authority will be offering discounted parking, some select garages will offer a flat rate of $5 for a 24-hour period. Most of all, remember the PPA will start offering these discounts starting at 6 p.m. this evening through
8 a.m. Wednesday.
Also, all non-essential city employees will be dismissed at 2pm today!
The National Weather Service is predicting 10-14 inches beginning this evening through tomorrow morning.
The steadiest bands of snow will occur between 6pm-11pm.
Wind gusts could get up to 30 mph the Philly area and region. This could cause power outages.
High blowing winds, drifting snow and temps below freezing will make cleaning streets challenging.
Streets Commissioner Says Philly Is Ready To Take On The Storm!
According to Streets Commissioner David Perry, the city has on hand 40,000 tons of salt, 140 vehicles ready to plough and salt, 125 trash trucks will be used if needed and contract vehicles
will also be used for narrow streets.
Be Careful Shoveling!
Please take it easy while shoveling the snow because the stress and strain of shoveling snow can cause all sorts of problems. Therefore, some tips include:
Make sure that you bend at the knees and you get closer to the snow so that you are not adding extra weight to your arms.
Most importantly, don’t forget to take breaks whether you think you need them or not.
Read more at http://tinyurl.com/k2euna3.
Gov. Christie Declares State Of Emergency In New Jersey
Gov. Christie has declared a State of Emergency in New Jersey. He also encouraged residents to stay off the roads!
Read more at http://tinyurl.com/mnaz2j8.
- NYC and Boston will be hardest hit with the possibility of 2 feet of snow
- Expect travel delays at Philadelphia International Airport, please call to check the status of your flight by contacting your carrier directly, or call 1-800-PHL-GATE or go to their website at http://www.phl.org.
- Delays and cancellations keep rolling in at Philly International.
- Thousands of flights across the country have already been cancelled for today and tomorrow.
- Many airlines like United, Jet Blue and U.S. Airways are waving their flight-change and cancellation fees.
- Flight cancellations are causing a ripple effect in other cities not affected by the storm.
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