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Snow Emergency for Philly as Storm Moves Through

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    Tow trucks were out in full force Wednesday evening moving vehicles from snow emergency routes. NBC10's Keith Jones catches one driver as his vehicle is nearly towed away.

    Philadelphia is now in a snow emergency as a major storm continues to move through the region.

    The nor'easter, which moved in around 9 p.m., will batter the area for a full 24 hours -- not moving out until late Thursday night.

    NBC10 First Alert Chief Meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz says the “worst of the storm” should happen early Thursday morning and believes parts of the area, including Philadelphia, could have at least eight inches of snow on the ground by 6 a.m.

    What Snow Emergency Means in Philly

    [PHI] What Snow Emergency Means in Philly
    Moving cars, waiting for trash pickup... here's what the snow emergency means if you live in Philadelphia

    Mayor Nutter declared a state of emergency in Philadelphia that took effect at 8 p.m. tonight. He also canceled Thursday and Friday trash collection and said the city plans to collect trash as regular on Monday despite the President's Day holiday. All offices will be closed on Thursday and only essential personnel will be asked to come in.

    During a press conference at 5 p.m., Nutter advised Philly residents to stay off roadways during the storm unless it was absolutely necessary.

    "When you wake up, there will more than likely be six to seven inches of snow already on the ground," Nutter said. "Heavy, wet snow is anticipated."

    While SEPTA will be running, Nutter says bus routes may be impacted by the storm.

    Within six hours of the end of the storm, residents must clear a path of at least 36 inches on their sidewalk, including curb cuts. To report a sidewalk that has not been cleared, call the Streets Department Customer Affairs Unit at 215-686-5560.

    Nutter also warned residents not to throw snow back onto the streets.

    "It's dangerous and disrespectful to the workers who will be out there for a long period of time," Nutter said.

    Anyone who is caught throwing snow back onto the streets will face a $75 fine, according to Nutter.

    During the snow emergency, all cars must not be parked on the snow emergency routes. View the full list of routes here.

    Red Cross President, the Honorable Renee Cardwell Hughes also warned people to not heat their homes with gas ovens, kerosene heaters or similar devices.

    "Last week, during the course of the ice storm, 55 people were overcome by carbon monixide poisoning," Hughes said.

    CLICK HERE for safety tips on how to handle the extreme cold.

    The city's 311 call center will open at 6 a.m. on Thursday. Nutter says all non-emergency calls, including reports of downed trees, should go to 311.

    Philadelphia International Airport canceled over 70 flights on Wednesday. To find out if your flight is canceled, call 1-800-PHL-GATE or visit the Philly International website.

    If you see a homeless person on the street during the torm, call the Project HOME emergency hotline number at 215-232-1984.

    Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency for the entire state of New Jersey. All state offices will be closed on Thursday for all non-essential employees.

    The following towns also declared snow emergencies. Click on each town for more information.

    Montgomery County

    Abington Township - 6 p.m. Wed - 10 a.m. Friday

    Bryn Athyn Borough - 8 p.m. Wd - 10 a.m. Friday

    Cheltenham Township - 8 p.m. Wed. until further notice

    Conshohocken - 8 p.m. Wed - Thursday

    East Norriton Township - 8 p.m. Wed - Noon Friday

    Franconia Township - 6 p.m. Wed - Saturday

    Horsham Township - 8 p.m. Wed. until further notice

    Lower Frederick Township - 10 p.m. Wed - 9 a.m. Friday

    Montgomery Township - 8 p.m. Wed. until further notice

    North Wales Borough - 8 p.m. Wed - 8 p.m. Friday

    Perkiomen Township - 10 p.m. Wed until further notice

    Schwenksville Borough - 10 p.m. Wed. until 9 a.m. Friday

    Upper Dublin - Wednesday until further notice

    Upper Merion - 8 p.m. Wed. - 6 p.m. Friday

    West Conshohocken - Wed until Thursday

    West Norriton Township - 8 p.m. Wed. - Noon Friday

    West Pottsgrove Township - 8 p.m. Wed. - Noon Friday

    Whitpain Township - 8 p.m. Wednesday until further notice

    Chester County

    Coatesville - 6 p.m. Wed. - 6 p.m. Friday

    Kennett Square - Wed - 6 a.m. Friday

    Oxford - Midnight Thurs. - 4 p.m. Friday

    Spring City - 9 p.m. Wed. - 5 p.m. Friday

    Valley Township - 10 p.m. Wed. - 6 a.m. Friday

    Delaware County

    Haverford Township - 11 a.m. Wed - Noon Friday

    Radnor Township - 10 p.m. Wed. until further notice

    Sharon Hill - 12 a.m. Thurs until further notice

    Yeadon - Until further notice

    Bucks County

    Lower Makefield - 7:30 p.m. Wed until further notice

    New Britain - 9 p.m. Wed. - 9 p.m. Friday

    Lehigh Valley

    Allentown - 7 p.m. Wed  until further notice

    Bethlehem - 7 p.m. Wed until further notice