MAYOR NUTTER, who declared a snow emergency beginning at 8 last night, announced that the city government will shut down today.
All nonessential employees have the day off, and the scheduled City Council meeting is canceled. The School District of Philadelphia and Archdiocesan schools are closed.
"This is highly unusual weather," said Nutter, noting that the 43.4 inches of snow this winter is almost twice the normal accumulation at this point in the year.
If the storm that began last night drops 6 inches on Philadelphia, Nutter said, it would be the fourth storm to reach that mark this year. That's a record. Another 6 inches would push the total snowfall for the season into the city's Top 5 ever.