A winter snowstorm with blizzard-like conditions prompted Philadelphia and other cities to declare snow emergencies and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights as well as the postponement of the Eagles-Vikings game Sunday.
The National Weather Service extended a blizzard warning to include Atlantic County, Southern Burlington County, Cape May and Sussex County in Delaware. "The conditions include sustained winds at 35 mph, visibility less than 1/4 mile and it should last for three or more hours," Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz said.
Up to 20 inches of snow fell in some parts of New Jersey prompting acting Governor and State Senate President Steve Sweeney to declare a state of emergency.
The NFL's much anticipated Eagles-Vikings game was postponed to Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on NBC. This will be the first time an NFL game will be played on a Tuesday night since 1946.
SEPTA officials said all regional lines were operating on a 30-minute delay and several routes were canceled. Monday's paratransit service will only be provided to individuals traveling to work, dialysis and medical appointments, according to officials.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said trash collection will be suspended Monday while sanitation vehicles are redeployed to snow-plowing duties. Residents with regular Monday trash collection should hold their trash until the following Monday, January 3.
The heaviest snow fell between 2:00 p.m. and midnight in and around the Philadelphia area. Here are our latest snow total predictions based on the newest information:
A slight change in the track of the storm could have a big influence in snow totals and we'll know more about that as the storm progresses.
The city of Philadelphia went into Snow Emergency mode at 2 p.m. "This will be a very challenging event," Mayor Michael Nutter said. "The city is ready. We'll deal with whatever comes at us and fight this storm mas best we can."
Airlines grounded hundreds of flights Sunday along the Northeast corridor in anticipation of the storm, affecting major airports, including Philly International, New York's JFK and Newark. More cancellations are likely. In Philadelphia, Southwest, Delta and American Airlines canceled all evenings flights, except for Delta's flight to Paris.
Most carriers are waiving fees for one-time changes in affected areas and urging passengers to make changes through their websites.
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