Mayor Nutter says the city is ready to deal with the massive snowfall expected tonight and tomorrow.
“There will be a lot of snow. It will take place over a long period of time,” Nutter said at a press conference today. “We’ve been preparing for this for the last couple of days. First and foremost, your city government is ready and prepared.”
With between 12 and 20 inches predicted, city officials said 500 pieces of equipment are ready for deployment, along with 34,000 tons of salt. The streets department started prepping some streets with a brine solution on Thursday.
As of 8 p.m. tonight, the city will declare a snow emergency. Nutter stressed that anyone parked on an emergency route – which includes major streets like Broad, Walnut, Chestnut and Roosevelt Boulevard – must move their car by 8 p.m. You can check www.phila.gov to see all the emergency routes.
Nutter asked residents to stay home unless there’s an emergency. And he stressed that residents are required to shovel the sidewalks in front of their homes.
“Only travel if you need to,” Nutter said. “If you can stay in the house that will help us a great deal.”
Nutter would not discuss the projected price of the weekend snow response. The city was out $3.4 million after a December storm blanked streets with 23 inches. And the city doesn't budget specifically for snow removal, because the region doesn't always get winter storms.