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Watch Out For Black Ice

Below freezing temps are causing an icy morning commute



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    Icy roads could make for a dangerous morning commute.

    Low temperatures are causing icy conditions for drivers Tuesday morning as snow cleanup continues from this weekend's storm.

    Philadelphia officials and residents spent most of Monday cleaning up from the aftermath of one of the strongest December snowstorms in history.

    Crews cleared major roads but many side streets have been left untouched making it a nightmare for drivers.

    So what's your best bet? Take your time and drive carefully. Give yourself a little bit of extra time to get where you are going.

    Drivers Brace for Ice Roads after Winter Storm

    [PHI] Drivers Brace for Ice Roads after Winter Storm
    City drivers can expect icy road for Tuesday's commute.
    (Published Monday, Dec. 21, 2009)

    Streets Commissioner Clarena I. W. Tolson says that city crews are continuing the constant battle against the snow and that there are only about 100 of Philadelphia's 2,500 streets left to plow.

    Officials from the Philadelphia School District and Archdiocese cancelled classes to give the city an extra day to clean up the snowy mess.  But all Philadelphia students will be back in the classroom on Tuesday.

    Garbage collection in Philadelphia will also resume Tuesday.

    Snow: Side Streets Still Packed With Snow

    [PHI] Snow: Side Streets Still Packed With Snow
    "Never have and never will," -- that's what Joe from Manayunk has to say about the city's efforts to clean up the side streets. All over the city residents are digging out the thick and heavy snow.
    (Published Monday, Dec. 21, 2009)

    The huge Nor'easter that moved through our area this weekend dumped almost two feet of snow onto Philadelphia and the suburbs. More than 23-inches of the white stuff fell in Philadelphia, making the pre-winter storm the second largest in the city's history.

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    "Only the Blizzard of '96 beat that, with 30.7 inches of snow," NBC Philadelphia chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz said.

    NJ Resident: It's Just Too Much Snow

    [PHI] NJ Resident: It's Just Too Much Snow
    Residents in Folsom trying to find their way after storm dumps more than 23 inches of snow in the area.
    (Published Monday, Dec. 21, 2009)

    Many side streets and sidewalks are still packed. Patches of ice also formed overnight on overpasses and shoveled pavements, adding a new dimension to the commute.

    "We're trying to do the best we can with 23-inches of snow," Philly mayor Michael Nutter said of the city's cleanup efforts. He asked residents to pitch in by shoveling their sidewalks.

    Check out your commute before you head out onto the road at the Traffic Center.

    SEPTA suspended service on the Norristown High Speed Line and bus routes 2, 5, 7, 29, 30, 32, and 35. All trolley lines are operating without detour except Route 15, which is operating with buses.

    In New Jersey, the PATCO High-Speed Line is operating on a snow schedule, with trains arriving every 5 to 7 minutes.

    Planes and train schedules also began to get back to normal after extensive delays over the weekend. At Philadelphia International, many flights were on time. As always, it's best to check on your flight before you leave at

    See the latest School Closing Alerts right here.

    As the area focuses on cleaning up, meteorologists are turning their eyes to the westward as they track another strong storm set to arrive in our area Christmas Day. This time around, we're expected to see heavy rain instead of snow -- building fears of flooding as the precipitation mixes with melting snow.