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Snow Emergency Takes Effect At 8 P.M. In Philly

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"This is highly unusual weather patterns," Nutter said. In fact, the Mayor of Philadelphia says that even without the upcoming storm, 43.4 inches of snow has already fallen. The average is 22 around this time.

If we get six or more inches of snow, according to Nutter, it will be the first time in the city's history that we have four six-inch snowstorms. The snowfall will also bring this winter into the top five winters for snow accumulation in Philly.

CHECK THE LATEST WEATHER FORECAST HERE.

Because of the prior storms and the continued snow sitting on trees, Nutter warned about downed trees and power lines during and after tomorrow's storm.

The status of whether city offices and operations will be closed will be decided later today, as will be the status of the School District of Philadelphia. So far, the Archdiocese has already decided to close school tomorrow.

CHECK SCHOOL CLOSINGS HERE.

A snow emergency will be declared beginning at 8 p.m. tonight. Therefore, all parked cars must be moved from snow emergency routes until the emergency is lifted.

"If you park in a snow emerge route, your vehicle will be relocated, and you will spend this year trying to figure out where it is," Nutter said half-jokingly.

The PPA will offer a garage parking discount in parts of the city where parking is scarce. If your car does get towed, Nutter emphasized, call 215 686 SNOW; do not call 911.

The city will do everything it can to combat this storm. Nutter said that plows are being prepped and 700 employees and over 400 pieces of equipment will be clearing the roads through the storm tomorrow.

The efforts will be challenged by the nature of the storm because it is "expected to be a long duration storm," said Nutter.

Thursday and Friday trash collection will be suspended, Nutter said.

Mayor Nutter also warned about driving. Be careful of bridges. Also, make sure to keep 6 car lengths away from snow removal equipment.

The City's Emergency Operation center will begin operating at 8 p.m. tonight, and the 311 call center will begin operating tomorrow at 6 a.m.

Make sure to contact 311 for downed trees.

Nutter also recommended Project Homes any resident that sees a homeless person lying out in the cold without shelter during the storm.

Be careful when shoveling. "Do not throw snow back into the streets," Nutter also said.

Friday will have temperatures above freezing, which Nutter joked that it's a "heat wave." That will help with clean up efforts.

Monday trash will be collected, so don't delay a day like with usual city holidays. Also, make sure to put trash on the street next week if you have a driveway. Driveway trash collection won't happen next week.

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