Several parts of our area have declared snow emergencies ahead of Thursday’s snow.
A snow emergency was declared for Philly at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and lifted at noon.
Under the snow emergency, 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 as vehicles parked too close to the corner get in the way of snow plows trying to turn corners.
If your car is moved, call 215-686-SNOW to find it but DO NOT call 911.
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Philadelphia Police also had a bit of fun reminding residents that it's illegal to save parking spots after shoveling by referencing a now viral Dr. Phil clip of a rebellious 13-year-old girl.
Trash and Recycling
Sanitation and recycling collections in Philadelphia will also be suspended Thursday. Residents who normally have collections Thursdays are being asked to hold their trash until the following week. Crews are expected to resume collections Friday but residents should expect delays. There also will not be any collections in driveways Friday and residents should place materials at curbside to be picked up.
The Office of Emergency Management will activate its Emergency Operations Center at 5 a.m. Thursday and will remain open until at least 5 p.m. City government offices will be open during normal business hours Thursday though supervisors are being urged to offer flexibility if employees are late.
The Philly 311 Call Center will remain open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to take calls for all non emergencies. Requests for salting and plowing will not be taken during the storm however.
The Philadelphia Water Department's customer contact center will be open Thursday and you can contact them at 215-685-6300. Residents are being urged to shovel snow from the fronts of fire hydrants and storm drains on their block to allow melt to drain to the city sewer system.
Philadelphia's Office of Homeless Services declared a Code Blue Wednesday at 8 p.m. that will last until Saturday at noon. The city's homeless outreach teams will increase staffing and foot patrols during the Code Blue to transport homeless people to shelters. If you see a person living on the street, call Homeless Outreach at 215-232-1984 and report the sighting.
Philadelphia prisons canceled inmate visits Thursday for all jails in Philadelphia County.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority will not enforce meter and time limit violations on residential blocks Thursday due to snow. They will enforce all snow emergency and safety violations. Vehicles illegally parked on snow emergency routes after midnight will be subject to ticketing and towing.
The PPA is offering a special 24-hour flat rate of $5.00 at the following parking facilities during the snow emergency:
- AutoPark at Independence Mall (5th & Market Streets)
- AutoPark at Jefferson (10th & Ludlow Streets)
- Autopark at the Gallery Mall (10th & Filbert Streets)
- Autopark at 8th & Filbert Streets Garage (801 Filbert Street)
- AutoPark at Old City (2nd & Sansom Streets)
- Philadelphia Family Court Garage (1503-11 Arch Street – Going south on 15th Street, enter the garage on the west side just after 15th & Cherry St.)
- Gateway Garage (enter from Spring Street between 15th & 16th Streets)
Bring your ticket and pay at the PPA Management Office in each garage to receive your $5 rate.
SNOW EMERGENCIES ACROSS THE REGION(Click on each town for info - some may be lifted)
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
All Bucks County offices are closed Thursday.
Chester County, Pennsylvania
Delaware County, Pennsylvania
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
County courts and government offices are closed Thursday.