Your Guide to Snow Emergencies Across the Region - NBC 10 Philadelphia
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Your Guide to Snow Emergencies Across the Region

Snow emergencies have been declared for cities and towns across our area, including Philadelphia.



    Preparing Your Home for Snow

    Residents are getting their homes ready for Thursday's winter storm. NBC10's Keith Jones shows us how people are preparing for the snow.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017)

    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.

    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.

    Hardware Stores Prep for SnowstormHardware Stores Prep for Snowstorm

    With such a mild winter so far, you might be missing essential snow gear. NBC10’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas shows us how to stock up for Thursday’s snowstorm.

    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017)

    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.

    Doylestown Borough

    Hilltown Township

    New Britain Township

    Silverdale Borough

    Warminster Township

    Chester County, Pennsylvania


    Delaware County, Pennsylvania

    Haverford Township

    Lehigh/Northampton County


    Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

    County courts and government offices are closed Thursday.

    Abington Township

    Cheltenham Township


    Hatfield Borough


    Lower Gwynedd Township

    Lower Providence Township

    Lower Salford Township

    Montgomery Township

    North Wales Borough

    Upper Merion Township

    West Pottsgrove Township

    Allentown Prepares for Potentially Biggest Snowfall of WinterAllentown Prepares for Potentially Biggest Snowfall of Winter

    Allentown received more than thirty inches of snowfall during a blizzard in January of last year. NBC10’s Randy Gyllenhaal shows us how people in the town are preparing for Thursday’s snowstorm.

    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017)