NEXT Weather: Get ready to shovel

NEXT Weather: Get ready to shovel

Philadelphia declares Snow Emergency as 5-6 inches of snow expected

Philadelphia is bracing itself for another round of winter weather as 5-6 inches of snow is forecasted to fall on Friday. Mayor Cherelle Parker and city officials have declared a Snow Emergency, urging residents to take necessary precautions and prepare for the upcoming snowfall. With parking restrictions in place, school closures, and other city services affected, it is important for residents to stay informed and make necessary arrangements.

1: Understanding the Snow Emergency

A Snow Emergency in Philadelphia means special parking restrictions will be in effect. Starting at 7 a.m. on Friday, drivers must move their cars off of Snow Emergency Routes to avoid being ticketed and towed. The city’s website provides a full list of these emergency routes. It is also advised to park as far away from corners as possible to allow room for plows. The Snow Emergency is crucial for the Streets Department to clear the roads effectively.

2: School District of Philadelphia closes for a snow day

In anticipation of the heavy snowfall, the School District of Philadelphia has announced that all schools will be closed on Friday. This decision was made to ensure the safety of students and staff. Superintendent Tony Watlington emphasized the importance of children having fun and experiencing joy, aligning with the district’s core values. However, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools in the city will have a flexible learning day, allowing students to continue their education remotely.

3: Philadelphia courts and libraries affected

Philadelphia courts and offices will be closed on Friday due to the weather. Scheduled in-person and virtual meetings will be rescheduled accordingly. However, critical services such as the municipal’s arraignment court and the filing of emergency protection from abuse will remain open. Additionally, all branches of the Philadelphia Free Library will be closed for the day.

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4: Homeless outreach and Code Blue

During extreme weather conditions, it is crucial to prioritize the well-being of vulnerable populations. If you see people experiencing homelessness during the snowstorm, it is recommended to call the homeless outreach hotline at (215) 232-1984. A Code Blue is currently in effect, allowing individuals without identification to enter shelters and remain inside throughout the duration of the extreme cold.

5: Parking options and road conditions

To accommodate residents during the Snow Emergency, the Philadelphia Parking Authority is offering 24-hour parking for $5 at six parking garages. These garages include AutoPark at Independence Mall, AutoPark at Jefferson, AutoPark at the Fashion District, AutoPark at Old City, Parkade on 8th, and Philadelphia Family Court Garage.

Residents can also check the plowing and salting status of roads in their neighborhoods through PlowPHL, part of the StreetSmartPHL platform. This provides real-time updates on the progress of snow removal efforts.


As Philadelphia prepares for another snowstorm, it is essential for residents to stay informed and take necessary precautions. The Snow Emergency, school closures, and other service disruptions are all part of the city’s efforts to ensure safety and efficient snow removal. By following the guidelines, residents can help make the process smoother and safer for everyone. Stay updated through official channels and be prepared to shovel your way through the winter weather.