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PHILADELPHIA Snow Emergency Updates

Snow Emergency Updates
  • The Philadelphia Eagles games scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Sunday has been postponed until Tuesday, Dec. 28.
  • The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) instituted a $5 snow rate at their Center City garages from 2:00 p.m. today until 6:00 p.m. tomorrow. Vehicles entering after 2:00 p.m. Sunday can remain there until 6:00 p.m. Monday without additional charges. Vehicles entering after 8:00 a.m. Monday will be charged the normal rates. PPA owned lots are located at:
    • 5th and Market streets
    • 2nd and Samson streets
    • 10th and Filbert streets
    • 8th and Filbert streets
    • 10th and Ludlow streets
    • 16th and JFK streets
  • The 3-1-1 Call Center is open and will remain open into the overnight hours.
  • The Philadelphia International Airport is open and operational; however, more than 300 flights have been canceled.
  • Philadelphia Prisons have canceled all visiting hours for Monday, December 27.

Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced today that the City declared a Snow Emergency as of 2 p.m. today. To coordinate the City’s snow emergency response, the Managing Director’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) activated the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Sunday at 12 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, NJ. issued a Winter Storm Warning from 7 a.m. Sunday until 1 p.m. Monday. If you must travel, visit the Winter Weather page for information on Winter Driving and the necessary items for a Vehicle Emergency Kit. Should you get stranded, remember to stay with your vehicle.

Mayor Nutter said, “With many people traveling home after the Christmas holiday, we expect heavier than normal traffic on Sunday. We urge travelers to get an early start on Sunday morning and to refrain from driving during the height of the storm. By keeping the roads clear from traffic, will allow our crews to do an effective job of plowing the snow. If you must travel and for fans going to the Eagles game on Sunday, we urge you to use public transportation.”
All vehicles parked on Snow Emergency Routes must be moved to alternate parking locations. Vehicles remaining on Snow Emergency Routes during the declared Snow Emergency will be ticketed and the City will begin towing vehicles starting at 2 p.m. A list of snow emergency routes is attached and can also be found at http://www.phila.gov/streets/Snow_Emergency.html.

Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson stated that Streets Department crews will apply a brine solution to area roadways. Salt crews and equipment will be deployed throughout the City to respond to the precipitation. Crews will remain on duty to monitor roadways and to respond to problem locations and emergencies.

Prepare for the winter weather with these tips:

  • Apply any commercial de-icer on steps and sidewalks early to prevent residual moisture from freezing over and creating icy conditions.
  • Clear a sidewalk path at least 36” wide within 6 hours of the end of the storm as listed in the Philadelphia Code (10-720).
  • Clear snow from neighborhood sewer drains to allow melting snow to drain.
  • Be conscious of the environment – use de-icing salts only as much as needed. One pound of de-icer can cover 100 to 200 square feet.
  • Salt should be applied as soon as a light accumulation has developed on the surface. This will break the bond between additional accumulations and the pavement surface, and will make it easier to shovel.
  • A final light application of a de-icer may be required after removal is completed to melt the residual snow.
  • Make sure you park your car as far away from the corner as possible. Cars parked too close to the corner limit the turning radius of salting vehicles.
  • Stay tuned to local media for further updates.
  • Check on sick and elderly neighbors.
  • Bring your pets indoors.

To report a street in need of salting or plowing or for more information on any Streets Department program or service, call 3-1-1. You may also visit the Streets Department online at www.phila.gov/streets.

The City’s Code Blue remains in effect to provide additional support to the homeless. If you see a homeless person in need of assistance, please call the Homeless Outreach Coordination Center at 215-232-1984.

Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity and Health Commissioner Donald Schwarz reminds Philadelphians to take precautionary measures to protect themselves and their neighbors from injuries and accidents common in winter weather:

  • Warm up with some stretching exercises inside.
  • Start slowly and pace yourself. Shovel no more than five loads a minute; don’t shovel for more than 15 minutes without taking a break. Pause to stretch every five minutes by standing up straight. Don’t feel the job has to get done in one session.
  • Push the snow. Don’t lift. If you must lift, use your legs not your back.
  • Drink during breaks to avoid dehydration.
  • Never throw over your shoulder. Twisting can strain the back.
  • Dress warmly in layers with a hat. Cover your neck.
  • Take smaller scoops of snow, keeping them light and small.
  • Take a break if you’re beginning to sweat. Bodies lose heat faster in damp clothes, which makes you more prone to injury.
  • Don’t smoke or eat a heavy meal before shoveling. It’s harder on the heart.
  • Don’t hold your breath; this makes your heart rate and blood pressure rise
  • In an emergency, call a doctor, or 911 for a medic unit, or go to an emergency room. Until medical help arrives, protect someone suffering from exposure to the cold with extra blankets and clothing.

Deputy Managing Director for Emergency Management Liam O’Keefe encourages Philadelphians to stay tuned to local media for updates. You can also visit the Office of Emergency Management’s website to sign up for emergency alerts, weather updates and transportation delays from ReadyNotifyPA, and follow OEM on our social media sites, all of which are available on the OEM website at www.phila.gov/ready.