Snow shuts down city

ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Good Samaritans help push a stuck SUV on Jan. 3.
ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Good Samaritans help push a stuck SUV on Jan. 3. (help push a stuck SUV on Jan. 3.)
Posted: February 14, 2014

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.

The Streets Department is deploying 700 workers and 400 pieces of equipment to combat the storm, which could last 24 hours.

Vehicles parked in snow-emergency routes must be moved or they will be towed or ticketed.

To help clear emergency routes, the city has $5 parking at six garages: JFK Boulevard and 16th Street; 5th and Market streets; 10th and Ludlow; 10th and Filbert; 8th and Filbert; and 2nd and Sansom.

Trash pickup is suspended today and tomorrow. Residents should wait until regularly scheduled pickups next week.

The city will pick up trash on Monday, Presidents Day.

SEPTA is detouring many bus routes to help prevent vehicles from getting stuck on icy streets. In addition to potentially leaving passengers stranded, disabled buses can contribute to traffic backups that block roads on which snowplows must operate.

Detour details and real-time updates for all modes of SEPTA travel are available at Or call 215-580-7800.

SEPTA will extend the weekly TransPass for Philadelphia School District students to cover Feb. 17 to 21.

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