Philadelphia, March 5, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter has announced that the snow emergency will be lifted for the City of Philadelphia effective at midnight.

Until the snow emergency is lifted, citizens are reminded that 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 Cars left on snow emergency routes will be relocated to accommodate plowing operations. If your car is relocated, call 215-686-SNOW to find it.

A decision about Philadelphia School District schools is expected tomorrow morning. For more School District information and updates, contact the District’s Information Hotline at 215-400-INFO (4636) or log on to

Regular trash and recycling collections will resume tomorrow (Friday, March 6th). Citizens with Thursday trash collection should hold all materials until next Thursday. All rear driveway collections are cancelled until further notice. Citizens with rear driveway collections should put trash and recycling out at the curb (street side of house) when collection operations resume until further notice.

The Philadelphia Streets Department crews are making good progress treating and plowing residential streets.

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. Corner property owners are asked to shovel out the handicapped ramps at the corners. Citizens are asked to clear snow and ice from storm drains and from fire hydrants. Please do not shovel or plow snow into the street.

Call 311 to report a street that needs salting or plowing.

Temperatures expected to drop to 10 degrees or lower overnight. 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.

Citizens should contact the ACCT Philly hotline (267-385-3800) if they observe a dog or other pet outside during extreme cold. It is against City ordinance to leave pets outside in extreme cold and owners can be fined up to $500.


Stay informed:

  • Tune to local news for weather updates.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts, weather updates, and transportation delays from ReadyNotifyPA
  • For more winter weather tips, visit the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management online  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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