City of Philadelphia Announces Snow Emergency

Philadelphia, January 21, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that a Snow Emergency will be declared for the City of Philadelphia beginning at 4:00 p.m. today.


For citizens, a Snow Emergency means all parked cars must be moved off Snow Emergency routes for plowing.  When relocating your car, park as far from the corner of the street as possible; vehicles parked too close to the corner impede the turning radius of plowing equipment.  Snow Emergency information and a map of Snow Emergency routes can be found at, click on Transportation, Highways, and then Snow.   Cars left on Snow Emergency routes will be relocated to accommodate plowing operations.  If you car is relocated, call 215-686-SNOW to find it.


The PPA will offer discounted parking in Center City garages during the snow emergency to help alleviate parking on the street.  Beginning at 5:00 p.m. today and running through the end of the snow emergency, the PPA will offer a special 24 hour flat rate of $5.00 for the following parking facilities:


  • AutoPark at JFK (16th & JFK)
  • AutoPark at Independence Mall (5th & Market Streets)
  • AutoPark at Jefferson (10th & Ludlow Streets)
  • Autopark at the Gallery (10th & Filbert Streets)
  • 8th & Filbert Streets Garage
  • AutoPark at Old City (2nd & Sansom Streets)


In addition, all public and parochial schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  All early childhood and after school programs are also closed tomorrow.  For more School District information and updates, contact the District’s Information Hotline at 215-400-INFO (4636) or log on to


Due to the Martin Luther King Day federal holiday, sanitation collections are delayed one day throughout the week.  Regular Tuesday collections will be cancelled tomorrow (Wednesday, January 22nd) and postponed until next week.  Citizens with regular Tuesday pick-up should hold their trash until next week and place trash out on their normal pick-up day.


The Philadelphia Streets Department currently has 375 pieces of equipment are out on the streets.

With the current snowfall projections, the City expects to treat and plow all residential streets within 48 to 72 hours after the snow ends.  The Streets Dept. brined major streets and problem areas on Monday evening, but salting and brining loses effectiveness when temperatures fall below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.


All property owners are also required to clear a path of at least 3 feet in front of their property within 6 hours of the snow event ending, including curb cuts.


SEPTA’s Subway and El will continue to operate on a normal schedule throughout the evening.  Bus routes may be delayed/detoured or suspended.  Customers should check for the latest updates.


The 311 Call Center will remain open throughout the evening to take calls for non-emergencies.


Citizens should contact the Project Home Outreach Hotline (215-232-1984) if they observe a homeless person(s) in need of assistance.  During the call, citizens should provide the address, location and description of the person in need.




Stay informed:

  • Tune to local news for weather updates.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts, weather updates, and transportation delays from ReadyNotifyPA at
  • For more winter weather tips, visit the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management online at  You can also follow @PhilaOEM on Twitter or find them on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube and Blogspot.
  • Other City Twitter accounts to follow for information: @PhiladelphiaGov; @Philly311; @PhilaStreets; @PhillyPolice; and @PhillyFireDept.
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