Hopefully you're home safe with your favorte comfort foods and wrapped up in your Slanket.  Looks like a lot of folks aren't going anywhere tomorrow.  NJ has declared a state of emergency and pretty much all of the Philadelphia suburbs have done the same.  As for Philadelphia itself - here's the latest:

Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that City of Philadelphia offices will be closed for all non-essential personnel tomorrow, Thursday, February 13, 2014.  City employees with questions about their essential status should contact their immediate supervisor.  The First Judicial District announced that all Courts will be closed tomorrow.

The Philadelphia School District (PSD) and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced earlier today that all public and parochial schools will be closed tomorrow. All PSD Administrative Offices will be closed tomorrow.  All early childhood and after school programs are also closed tomorrow.  For more School District information and updates, contact the District's Information Hotline at 215-400-INFO (4636) or log on to www.philasd.org.

A Snow Emergency will be declared for the City of Philadelphia beginning at 8:00 p.m. today and the City’s Emergency Operations Center will be activated at 8:00 p.m. to monitor conditions and operations.  For citizens, a Snow Emergency means all parked cars must be moved off Snow Emergency routes for plowing.  When relocating your car, park as far from the corner of the street as possible; vehicles parked too close to the corner impede the turning radius of plowing equipment.  Snow Emergency information and a map of Snow Emergency routes can be found at www.philadelphiastreets.com, click on Transportation, Highways, and then Snow.   Cars left on Snow Emergency routes will be ticketed and/or relocated to accommodate plowing operations.  If you car is relocated, call 215-686-SNOW (7669) to find it.

The PPA will offer discounted parking in Center City garages during the snow emergency to help alleviate parking on the street.  Beginning at 5:00 p.m. today and running through the end of the snow emergency, the PPA will offer a special 24 hour flat rate of $5.00 for the following parking facilities:

o AutoPark at JFK (16th & JFK)
o AutoPark at Independence Mall (5th & Market Streets)
o AutoPark at Jefferson (10th & Ludlow Streets)
o Autopark at the Gallery (10th & Filbert Streets)
o 8th & Filbert Streets Garage
o AutoPark at Old City (2nd & Sansom Streets)

When the snow emergency begins, the PPA will enforce all snow emergency and safety violations.  Meter and time limit violations will not be enforced until the snow emergency is lifted.

Residential trash and recycling collections will be suspended Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14, 2014.  Residents with Thursday and Friday collections day should hold their trash for one week and put it out on their normal day next week.  Trash collections will resume on Monday, February 17, even though it is a City holiday (President’s Day).  Trash collection will remain on a normal schedule next week, February 17th – 21st, despite the holiday.  Resident should put trash and recycling collection out on their normal day next week.

The Philadelphia Streets Department and the Philadelphia Parking Authority will have 400 pieces of plowing equipment operating and 700 employees working throughout the duration of the storm.  The City of Philadelphia is under a Winter Weather Warning from 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 12th through 6:00 a.m. Friday, February 14th.  Weather forecasts predict that the City will receive 6-12 inches of snow during this weather event.

All property owners are also required to clear a path of at least 3 feet in front of their property within 6 hours of the snow event ending, including curb cuts.  Residents are not permitted to shovel snow back onto the street, and can be fined by the Streets Department if they do.

SEPTA’s Subway and El will operate throughout the night on Wednesday in lieu of late night bus service.  Bus routes may be delayed/detoured or suspended.  Customers should check www.septa.org or @SEPTA on Twitter for the latest updates.

The 311 Call Center will open at 6:00AM on Thursday, February 13th to take calls.  Downed trees should be reported to 311 unless it is a true emergency.

Citizens should contact the Project Home Outreach Hotline (215-232-1984) if they observe a homeless person(s) in need of assistance.  During the call, citizens should provide the address, location and description of the person in need.


Stay informed:

Sign up for emergency alerts, weather updates, and transportation delays from ReadyNotifyPA at www.readynotifypa.org.
For more winter weather tips, visit the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management online at www.phila.gov/ready.  You can also follow @PhilaOEM on Twitter or find them on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube and Blogspot.
Other City Twitter accounts to follow for information: @PhiladelphiaGov; @Philly311; @PhilaStreets; @PhillyPolice; and @PhillyFireDept.


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