City digs out as snow keeps falling

Posted: February 14, 2014

FOR THE SECOND day in a row, Mayor Nutter closed city offices today as Winter Storm Pax continued to pummel the region overnight.

The School District of Philadelphia, Archdiocesan schools and Philadelphia courts are also closed today.

By last night, the storm had dropped more than 10 inches on Philadelphia and was expected to add additional layers of snow overnight, Nutter said.

Last night, the National Weather Service forecasted an accumulation of two to four inches overnight in Philadelphia.

The city remains under a snow emergency. That means that cars parked on snow emergency routes, which are designated with signs, will be ticketed or towed to make room for plows.

Nutter warned that drivers are not allowed to repark their cars along these routes once a plow goes by until the snow emergency is lifted.

SEPTA is running the Market-Frankford Line, Broad Street Line and trolleys 24 hours during the storm.

Regional rail and buses, however, are expected to make only limited runs today. Check for details.

Trash and recycling services are suspended today. Residents with Friday pickups are asked to keep their trash until next week. Trash will be picked up on Monday, despite it being a city holiday.

The city has suspended "driveway" trash pickup for all of next week. That means all trash and recycling must be placed at the curb. Any cans on driveways, in alleys or behind homes will not be picked up.

The Streets Department yesterday plowed most major thoroughfares and is working its way onto neighborhood streets.

Nutter repeatedly urged residents not to shovel snow from their sidewalks into the streets. Doing so creates especially dangerous road conditions and is "disrespectful" to city workers, he said.

Speed limits are reduced to 45 mph on interstates and 25 mph on bridges between the city and New Jersey.

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