Philadelphia Declares a Snow Emergency and Storm Warnings

Philadelphia Declares a Snow Emergency and Storm Warnings

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PhillyBite Snow StormPhiladelphia, PA - The City is forecast to receive 12 to 18 inches of accumulating snow from a nor’easter that began today and is predicted to end tomorrow evening. The National Weather Service Winter Storm Warning is in effect through Thursday at 2 am.With another storm occurring, Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis announced that a Snow Emergency will be declared for the City of Philadelphia beginning 9 am on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.


For citizens, a Snow Emergency means all parked cars must be moved off Snow Emergency routes for plowing. When moving your car, park as far from the corner of the street as possible; vehicles parked too close to the corner get in the way of snow plows trying to turn corners.

Snow Emergency information and a map of Snow Emergency routes can be found at http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/highways/snow/emergency-routes/. Cars left on Snow Emergency routes will be moved to other parking spots to assist in snow plowing operations. If your car is moved, call 215-686-SNOW to find it. Do NOT call 911.

Citizens are encouraged to travel with caution Wednesday. Please give yourself extra time to get to y - our destination, and workers are encouraged to make use of flex time if available.

A wintry mix of sleet and snow is expected overnight with a changeover to all snow during Wednesday morning’s rush hour. Bands of heavy snow of 1-3 inches per hour along with higher winds during this period will reduce visibility on roads. Snow is forecast to continue falling throughout the day, tapering off tomorrow evening.

According to the National Weather Service Mount Holly, Philadelphia has already exceeded annual snow totals. The city receives an average of 21.3 inches yearly. Over 22 inches of snowfall has accumulated so far. At this time last year, the city saw 15 inches total for the season.

This would be the third nor’easter to impact Philadelphia since March 2nd. If snow accumulation from this storm should reach 10 inches, it will be only the third time in recorded history that 10 inches or over has fallen after March 15th. Other post March 15th storms that that saw over 10 inches of snow include April 3-4, 1915 (19.4 inches) and March 19-21, 1958 (11.4 inches).

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