Philly Declares Snow Emergency Starting @6Pm


Via Philly Gov

With a winter storm approaching, Managing Director Tumar Alexander announced that a Snow Emergency will be declared for the City of Philadelphia beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

The forecast is calling for a Nor’easter beginning Sunday, January 31 through Tuesday, February 2. The current forecast is for significant snow with a total of 8 – 12 inches of accumulations expected across the city. A mixture of heavy snow along with rain and sleet is forecasted. Crews will continue snow operations until all conditions are safe for travel; however, this storm is expected to bring heavy snow and high winds.


The Plan: In preparation for the snow event, the Streets Department will have a full deployment of equipment and employees. By this evening, the Department will mobilize over 400 pieces of equipment including support from City agencies and contractors. Crews have been brining since Friday. The Streets Department has 50,000 tons of salt available.

Snow emergency routes, primary roads, and secondary roads will be serviced first to allow for safe passage. Residential streets will be treated after the primary and secondary roads are safe to travel. Our goal is to make roads passable and return the city back to normal operations as quickly as possible. This does not mean roads will be completely clear of snow and ice but made passable for safe traveling.


Reminders for residents

  • Move your vehicle immediately if it is parked on a Snow Emergency route. See below for more details.

  • Do not shovel or plow snow into the street. This practice is illegal, unsafe and hinders snow operations.

  • Clear a sidewalk path at least 36 inches wide within six hours of the end of the storm.

  • Clear snow from neighborhood sewer drains to allow melting snow to drain.

  • Motorists should allow extra time, exercise patience and maintain safe driving distances.


Snow Emergency routes and vehicles

A Snow Emergency means all parked vehicles must be moved off Snow Emergency routes for plowing. When moving your car, park as far from the corner of the street as possible; vehicles parked too close to the corner get in the way of snowplows trying to turn corners.

Vehicles left on Snow Emergency routes will be moved to other parking spots to assist in snow plowing operations. If your car is moved, call 215-686-SNOW (7669), and press option 4, to find it. Do NOT call 911.


Sanitation and Recycling Collections

Due to the amount of snow accumulations expected, Sanitation crews and equipment will be diverted to snow operations. Therefore, all trash and recycling collections will be suspended on Monday, February 1. This means residents whose normal trash day is Monday must hold their materials for collections until next Monday, February 8.

A decision on the rest of the week’s collections will be made early Monday based on how the storm and plowing operations have progressed overnight. Sanitation Convenience Centers will be closed on Monday as crews will be working snow duty. Center operations will resume on Tuesday with normal hours of 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. The centers are open through Saturday. Visit www.philadelphiastreets.comfor locations.

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