Storm aftermath: Latest on transit, schools, services

Jillian Clark, center, of Northern Liberties, squeezes on an El car at Spring Garden station in Philadelphia, PA on March 15, 2017.

The Philadelphia region is cleaning up after a late-season winter storm. Tuesday's storm brought less snow than expected, but the wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain has affected travel, schools and services throughout the area. Here's the latest on the snow's aftermath.

TRANSPORTATION

Roads

Slick conditions are widespread. Main roads are generally clear, but many secondary and tertiary streets are not as plowing operations continue. Clean-up operations could last through Friday.

Temperatures that dipped into the 20s overnight have left black ice on wet roads and sidewalks and turned wet slush into an icy coating. 

Some crashes, including at least one deadly accident, have been reported around the region as motorists navigate the tricky conditions.

A man was killed in Delaware County, when another driver lost control on a snow- and ice-covered section of Route 1 near Creek Road in Chadds Ford just before 5 a.m. Thursday, and slammed into his vehicle, Pennsylvania State Police said. Police said Jeffrey Phillippe, of Kennett Square, died in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Philadelphia's 311 line will take requests for salting and plowing starting Thursday.

The Police Department was also reminding residents not save shoveled-out parking spaces with lawn chairs and other objects.

Conditions are also hazardous for pedestrians, who face slippery treks on uncleared sidewalks. Failing to shovel 3-foot path on sidewalks in Philadelphia can lead to a $50 code violation notice. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge's pedestrian walkway is closed.

Mass Transit

SEPTA: Most Regional Rail lines are facing weather-related delays. 

PATCO: No issues reported.

NJ Transit: The Atlantic City Rail Line is running normally, while other rail lines are on a Presidents; Day schedule. Light rail, including the River Line, is running on a regular schedule. System-wide cross-honoring is in effect.

Amtrak: Modified service is running on the Northeast corridor, with some Northeast Regional, Acela Express and Keystone Service trains truncated or canceled.

Airport

Airlines are resuming normal operations at Philadelphia International Airport, but several dozen flights have been delayed or canceled.

The ground stop for flights heading to PHL from other airports has been lifted. Arrivals are running an average of 49 minutes late, according to a news release.

Travelers should check with their carriers or www.phl.org for flight status information.

SCHOOLS

Philadelphia public schools are open. Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools in the city had a two-hour delay. Many districts in the suburbs opened late or are closed (a full list is available from NBC Philadelphia).

UTILITIES

Tens of thousands of people lost power during the storm, but the outages had dropped by Wednesday morning. About 3,700 customers for PECO, PSE&G and Atlantic City Electric combined were lacking electricity Wednesday afternoon.

WEATHER

A high temperature of just 27 degrees is forecast for Philadelphia Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service, so there is likely to be minimal melting of snow and ice. Light snow was falling early Thursday afternoon. The day is expected to be breezy; a wind advisory is in place until 8 p.m. The weather service says to expect west winds of 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph.

Thursday is also forecast to be chilly, with a high in the mid 30s.

Code Blue alerts are in effect due to the cold temperatures. To help someone get shelter, call homeless outreach at 215-232-1984.

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