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January 23, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
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.
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January 11, 1996 | By Acel Moore
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.
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January 26, 2016 | By JULIA TERRUSO & VALERIE RUSS, Staff Writers
SOME PEOPLE depend on the kindness of strangers. In this case, the stranger was Kindness. As cars struggled and swerved, stranded along treacherous Chestnut Hill side streets, Tony Kindness, 40, shoveled the middle of Evergreen Avenue to clear a path for a marooned Jetta. "Normally, they do a pretty good job, but for whatever reason, not today," said Kindness. "Right now, we're just trying to get this Jetta out. " As the piles of snow - nearly two feet or more in many areas - began to thaw Sunday morning, residents such as Kindness emerged to deal with the mess, digging out buried cars and hacking away at frozen sidewalks.
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February 9, 1995 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
December 29, 2001 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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.
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November 18, 1994 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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January 27, 1994 | By Lacy McCrary, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 4, 1996 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
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.
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December 9, 1994 | By Wanda Motley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 11, 2016 | RealTime Desk
Where's the snow? Anyone expecting a winter wonderland when they awoke this morning was disappointed. Most of the Philadelphia region found just a dusting on cars and sidewalks today, but meteorologists said snow showers were expected on and off all day. But into the afternoon, the wait was still on. And the meterologists were still predicting snow. A winter storm warning remains in effect for Delaware, Chester, Adams, York and Lancaster counties, but the rest of the region has been downgraded to a winter weather advisory, in effect until Wednesday morning.
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February 6, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
Last month's blizzard blew through the city's entire annual $5.2 million snow budget - and a few million more, according to city estimates. Philadelphia spent $8.5 million to clean up the 22.5 inches of snow dumped the weekend of Jan. 23, city spokesman Mike Dunn said. The snowstorm was one of Mayor Kenney's first tests. He had been in office less than three weeks when he had to oversee the snow emergency. His administration estimates it spent $1.7 million in employee overtime, $1.4 million on salt, and $5.4 million on contractors.
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January 26, 2016 | By JULIA TERRUSO & VALERIE RUSS, Staff Writers
SOME PEOPLE depend on the kindness of strangers. In this case, the stranger was Kindness. As cars struggled and swerved, stranded along treacherous Chestnut Hill side streets, Tony Kindness, 40, shoveled the middle of Evergreen Avenue to clear a path for a marooned Jetta. "Normally, they do a pretty good job, but for whatever reason, not today," said Kindness. "Right now, we're just trying to get this Jetta out. " As the piles of snow - nearly two feet or more in many areas - began to thaw Sunday morning, residents such as Kindness emerged to deal with the mess, digging out buried cars and hacking away at frozen sidewalks.
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January 24, 2016 | By Anthony R. Wood, Staff Writer
The region braces for what meteorologists warned could be its first all-out blizzard in at least 20 years, with thunder, lightning, "gravity waves," whiteout conditions, coastal flooding, and one of the biggest snowfalls in 132 years of recordings. Hours before the first flake sightings in Philadelphia, the monstrous nor'easter was taking shape. Airlines canceled more than 6,000 flights, from Charlotte, N.C., to New York City. There will be no flights in or out of Philadelphia, and SEPTA also suspended Saturday service.
NEWS
January 23, 2016
It has started snowing in the Philadelphia region and already the first major winter storm of the season has had a paralyzing effect. All flights in and out of Philadelphia International Airport have been canceled for Saturday and SEPTA will suspend Regional Rail, bus and trolley operations at 4 a.m. NJ Transit is shutting down at 2 a.m. States of emergencies are in effect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and motor vehicles accidents are being...
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March 6, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of Thursday flights were canceled and towns declared emergencies in advance of snowfall likely to be the signature event of a tenacious late-winter spell that has iced the region with record cold and nuisance storms. "It's been horrendous," Steve Lorenz, the Philadelphia Streets Department chief engineer, said Wednesday as he was preparing his crews to do battle yet again, this time with up to eight inches of snow possible by day's end. "In the last month, it feels like it's every other day," he said, adding that winter was making him a stranger in his household.
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January 28, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Phillips was excited as a schoolgirl with a snow day. In her case, the glow in her eyes came from the prospect of spending the night in the bowels of the Philadelphia Fire Department's headquarters on Spring Garden Street. If she were lucky, she might even catch a few hours of sleep on her office floor. "This is the part of the job I really enjoy," said Phillips, director of the city's Office of Emergency Management (OEM). "This is where you get to test your concepts, to test your plans.
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February 17, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
PHILADELPHIA'S fifth snowiest winter in history has kept the Streets Department busy and it won't stop this weekend, Mayor Nutter said yesterday. The season's storms have broken a 130-year-old record for the most 6-inch-plus snowfalls. The snowfall tally so far is 54.8 inches. The snow emergency declared at 8 p.m. Wednesday was lifted at 2 p.m. yesterday. In the meantime, 363 cars were towed from snow-emergency routes so plows could clean up. And more snow is on the way. The forecast called for snow early today, mixed with rain in the afternoon before changing back into snow at nighttime.
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February 14, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
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.
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