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.
January 11, 1996 |
Even in Alaska, where I served an Army hitch, a 30-inch snowfall is a serious matter. People can disappear into drifts and die. In Philadelphia, a city that often seems ill-prepared to deal with a three-inch snowfall, a storm of such magnitude can be a catastrophe. And no less fatal. Already, the Blizzard of '96 has claimed several lives - in two cases, they were elderly women who went in search of food. This is why I'm disappointed with Mayor Rendell's cavalier treatment of rowhouse residents who remain snowbound, their streets unplowed.
February 9, 1995 |
Now they tell us. Five days after the biggest snowstorm since the blizzard of 1993, city officials gathered in the cold yesterday in the 1500 block of Walnut Street to detail an action plan for snow emergencies. They called it the "speedy relief" policy. Not speedy enough, probably, for some residents, especially the ones still fighting their way through city side streets. Actually, the snow emergency plan would do nothing for the secondary and tertiary roads. It would, however, require people to move their cars from all streets declared snow emergency routes - a total of 110 miles of roadway throughout the city.
December 29, 2001 |
The Wings will not play the Buffalo Bandits at the HSBC Arena tonight in a National Lacrosse League game due to the snow emergency in the city. The game will be rescheduled at a later date. The Buffalo area has received more than four feet of snow this week with more forecast for this weekend. The Wings, who last played in Rochester on Dec. 15 against the Knighthawks, will not play again until Jan. 12, when they visit the New York Saints. After that, the Wings will raise their 2001 NLL championship banner when they host the Saints in the Wings' 2001-2002 regular-season home opener at the First Union Center on Jan. 18.
November 18, 1994 |
Streets Commissioner Lawrence Moy told City Council yesterday a snow emergency route plan with aggressive towing would save the city thousands of dollars and open up key streets after major storms. Moy said one attempt to clear part of North Broad Street two days after a major storm last winter cost the city $50,000. "If we had a snow emergency route system in effect, we could have been in on day one and cleared the streets curb to curb," Moy said. The administration proposal, contained in a bill introduced by Councilman Daniel McElhatton, calls for creating a key 110-mile road network where motorists face $150 fines plus storage fees if they fail to heed a two-to- three- hour warning to remove their cars.
January 27, 1994 |
Parking was part of the problem yesterday as snow piled up on suburban streets. Several towns in the area declared snow emergencies, meaning that residents could not park their vehicles on streets designated as snow-emergency routes. Many suburban communities have snow-emergency ordinances, which allow officials to prohibit parking on such streets or to limit parking to one side to allow snowplows to get through. The idea is to permit plowing from curb to curb on those routes.
February 4, 1996 |
Hours behind schedule but still packing a punch, snow arrived in Philadelphia on Friday night, covering streets and pushing the city into action. With 6 to 10 inches predicted, officials declared a snow emergency, effective at midnight. That meant that any car parked along a snow-emergency route might be towed. Indeed, the city wasted no time. Ten minutes after midnight, tow trucks were rumbling along Broad Street. In December, after years of inaction, the city cleared the street of vehicles after a snowfall, catching residents by surprise and putting a dent in their pocketbooks.
December 9, 1994 |
Preparing for Mother Nature's wily ways, City Council yesterday approved a new snow-emergency system that Rendell administration officials said would get the city's major arteries plowed quickly. Vehicles parked on designated routes would have to be moved within two hours after an emergency was declared or face towing. Owners would have to pay $150 to retrieve a towed vehicle. Administration officials have said that the Streets Department would be able to clear major streets from curb to curb without having to plow around parked cars.
October 27, 1988 |
The Upper Moreland Township Board of Commissioners has voted to endorse a land-development plan from Evergreen Realty for a shopping center along County Line Road. According to the plan, the center, which would be built between Shoemaker and Davisville Roads, would have five major tenants and five retail specialty stores. The center would have 265,000 square feet. The plan was approved by the Zoning Hearing Board in September. Commissioners told residents that the board's engineering committee would examine the plans more closely in an open meeting to be held after the developer decides the details.
January 14, 1996 |
Five inches of snow fell on Minneapolis one day last week, and from the time the first flake fell, I could almost hear the plows. Five inches isn't much by Minneapolis standards, but it's enough to trigger a snow emergency, the closest thing we have to martial law. A snow emergency lasts three days. On Day 1, the city plows what it calls "snow emergency routes," on Day Two, it attacks the odd-numbered sides of residential streets, and on Day Three, it clears the opposite, even-numbered sides.