Phila. schools to reopen Thursday

Posted: January 24, 2014

The snow-related break for Philadelphia School District students ends Thursday morning: The district announced schools and offices will be open.

Schools were closed Wednesday as the region dug out from a winter storm that dumped up to 14 inches of snow in the Philadelaphia region.

And while the kids had a snow day, it was dangerously cold with a high not better than 15. Wind chills at daybreak were 17 below zero.

The 13.5 inches measured officially was one of the 10 biggest snowfalls in Philadelphia in records dating to 1884. This also marked the first time that the city had three 6-inch-plus snowfalls so early in a season, and the seasonal total stands at 33 inches. The average for an entire season is 22.2.

Crews worked all night to clear snow from roadways, and while expressways are clear, secondary highways and side roads are snow packed, even icy.

"Everyone need to use extreme caution driving this morning," said Eugene Blaum, a PennDot spokesman.

Blaum said things should improve after the sun gets high in the sky and can heat pavements.

Here's the latest of what you need to know.

MASS TRANSIT

SEPTA: All Regional Rail lines are scheduled to operate today.

Bus Routes 35, 94, 97, and 132 remain suspended until further notice and 28 bus routes are currently on detour.

CCT (paratransit) will provide full service today, however, customers should anticipate delays due to snow and icy conditions on streets and sidewalks. Service reductions may be necessary should conditions deteriorate. Passengers should call 215-580-7720 for status of pending same day trips or to cancel trips if they don't plan to ride.

SEPTA information is available at www.septa.org.

PATCO: The High Speed Line is running on a snow schedule with trains every 10 minutes.

DRIVING

Expressways are clear, but ramps may need additional work. Secondaries are snow-packed. The condition of side streets depends on where you live and whether they have been plowed.

The city of Philadelphia called off its snow emergency at 6 p.m. Wednesday night, reporting that all primary and secondary roads were passable, along with 80 percent of the smaller neighborhood streets that the city classifies as tertiary.

The end of the emergency declaration allows motorists to resume parking on some 100 miles of Philadelphia roadway designated as snow emergency routes.

And it ended a $5-a-day flat-rate deal on Center City parking, at six facilities run by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Cars that entered the lots while the snow emergency was in effect, from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 6 p.m. Wednesday, had to be removed by 7:30 a.m. Thursday to avoid the higher regular fees.

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