District and parochial schools closed today, windchill to dip below 0

Posted: January 23, 2014

THE DREADED polar vortex hit Philadelphia again yesterday morning - earlier than expected - and resulted in school closures today, massive flight cancellations and a snow emergency that's in effect until noon.

All Philadelphia district and Archdiocesan schools are closed today. Early-childhood and after-school programs run by the district also will be shuttered.

For more information on school closures, call the district's information hotline at 215-400-INFO (4636) or log on to philasd.org.

Mayor Nutter declared a snow emergency yesterday, meaning that all parked cars in the city must be moved off snow-emergency routes for plowing. Snow-emergency information and a map of emergency routes can be found at philadelphiastreets.com, under "transportation" on the main site menu.

Cars left on emergency routes will be relocated to allow for plowing. Relocated vehicles can be found by calling 215-686-SNOW (7669).

City-government offices will be closed today, Nutter said. He called on all nonessential personnel to stay home.

Sanitation collections already were delayed one day because of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, but due to the weather, regular Tuesday collections that were to be picked up today will be postponed until next week. Residents with regular Tuesday pickup should hold their trash until next week and place trash out on their usual pickup day, city officials said.

Last night, the National Weather Service estimated overnight snow accumulations in Philadelphia between 3 and 5 more inches in addition to what fell throughout the day. Today's high is forecast around 14 degrees, with wind chills dipping as low as minus-12 and blustery winds.

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