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Philly, Archdiocese schools closed Friday: Latest snow updates

Joseph A. Gambardello, Staff Writer

Updated: Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 7:44 AM

A pedestrian crossing the very windy intersection of 19th and Market shows her displeasure as the wind whips the snow into her face during the snow storm that hit the region on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.

A potent winter storm that has officially been classified as a “bomb cyclone” has been dumping snow on the Philadelphia area and has created blizzard-like conditions at the Jersey Shore, prompting Gov Christie to declare a state of emergency for coastal counties. Many schools are closed, including Philadelphia public and Archdiocesan schools. Those schools will also be closed Friday. The National Weather Service has increased its accumulation projections at the Shore, where a blizzard warning is in effect, from as much as a foot to as much as 18 inches.

Struggling with drug addiction and the cold, Richard Duncan and George Tsikoudis (right) live under a bridge at Frankford and Lehigh Avenues in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia January 4, 2018. JOSE F. MORENO / Staff Photographer
The Blues Brothers statues atop the Chelsea Pub in Atlantic City sit undisturbed by the "bomb cyclone" that brought snow and high winds to the region January 4, 2018. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer
Steam emerges from a food vendor along Girard Avenue near N. Broad St. Jan 4, 2018. CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer
Shoveling continues into the evening along North Broad St., after the snow stopped falling Jan 4, 2018. CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer
A longtime Bally's employee spreads ice melt at a Bally's entrance on Pacific Ave.in Atlantic City during the bomb cyclone that brought snow and high winds to the region on January 4, 2018. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer
A commuter clears her car, parked in the Collingswood PATCO station January 4, 2018. TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer
Clark Loveridge, 68, slows for a passing plow train as he makes his way along Rt. 70 in Cherry Hill with a cart full of groceries January 4, 2018. He was heading home to Collingswood from Wegman's. Despite the heavy snow, he said " I just wanted to get out." TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer
A pedestrian crossing the very windy intersection of 19th and Market shows her displeasure as the wind whips the snow into her face during the snow storm that hit the region on Thursday January 4, 2018. MICHAEL BRYANT/ Staff Photographer
Joe Meenan clears the snow of the sidewalk in front of the Union League on South Broad Street January 4, 2018. JOSE F. MORENO / Staff Photographer
Saeed Hamilton, 40, makes his way home to Brooklawn, pedaling along Haddon Avenue in Westmont January 4, 2018. He had been shoveling sidewalks in the neighborhoods - but was not finding many customers. TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer
A car dealership along Rt. 70 in Cherry Hill shows that the blowing and drifting snow did not have a chance to build up on parked sports cars January 4, 2018. TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer
Pedestrians brace themselves against the snow and the wind as they cross the intersection of 19th and Market, where it felt like being in an artic windtunnel during the snow storm that hit the region on Thursday January 4, 2018. MICHAEL BRYANT/ Staff Photographer
Snowplows work the Boardwalk in Atlantic City during the bomb cyclone that brought snow and high winds to the region on January 4, 2018. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer
A man struggles to control his scarf in the high winds and blowing snow in Atlantic City on January 4, 2018. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer
ATV riders roll down Broad Street in South Philadelphia on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. TIM TAI / Staff Photographer TIM TAI / Staff Photographer
Toni Elentrio shovels the sidewalk in front of a neighbor's home on Snyder Avenue in South Philadelphia on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. "It’s a winter wonderland," she said. TIM TAI / Staff Photographer TIM TAI / Staff Photographer
Pedestrians shield themselves from blowing snow along Broad Street in South Philadelphia on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. TIM TAI / Staff Photographer TIM TAI / Staff Photographer
Meryl Freedman walks her rescue dog, Albert, a miniature poodle, along Broad Street in South Philadelphia on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. "He likes the snow," she said. "The only issue he has is salt getting on his paws." TIM TAI / Staff Photographer TIM TAI / Staff Photographer
Max Ochester, rear, and his son, Ellis, 2, go sledding near Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park as snow falls on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Max Ochester said his parents gave Ellis the sled for Christmas, and it was Ellis' first time sledding. TIM TAI / Staff Photographer TIM TAI / Staff Photographer
A man has to turn his face away from the blowing snow and struggles as he walks along Atlantic Ave in Atlantic City during the bomb cyclone that brought snow and high winds to the region on January 4, 2018. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer
Philadelphia Firefighter Jeffery Kemm, center, uses his snowblower to make sure the driveway to Engine 37 in Chestnut Hill is clear of snow in case they get a call and have to get their firetruck out quickly during the snowstorm on Jan. 4, 2018. Michael Bryant / Staff
Pedestrians walk near the Philadelphia Museum of Art as blowing snow falls on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. TIM TAI / Staff Photographer TIM TAI / Staff Photographer
Fran, who didn't want to give her last name, walks to work in the blowing snow along Broad Street in South Philadelphia on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. TIM TAI / Staff Photographer TIM TAI / Staff Photographer
Steven Kobielnik, 11, of South Philadelphia, sleds down the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps as snow falls on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. TIM TAI / Staff Photographer TIM TAI / Staff Photographer
A man walks through blizzard conditions in Center City, Philadelphia. Thursday, January 4, 2018. More snow and strong winds are expected for the Philadelphia area. JOSE F. MORENO / Staff Photograp
Tim Esser-Haines shovels the sidewalk in front of his home along Reno Street in West Philadelphia as snow falls on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Tim Tai / Staff
Plastic bags protect the feet of this person who got some relief from the wind and snow by walking in a protected breezeway near Bally's in Atlantic City on Jan. 4, 2018. Elizabeth Robertson / Staff
A brand new shipment of snow shovels were displayed out on the sidewalk for sale at Kilian’s Hardware Store in Chestnut Hill just in time for the snow storm on Thursday Jan. 4, 2018. Michael Bryant / Staff
People battled high winds and blowing snow while walking along Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City on Jan. 4, 2018. Elizabeth Robertson / Staff
High winds blow snow across a boardwalk ramp in the southern part of Atlantic City during the bomb cyclone on Jan. 4, 2018. Elizabeth Robertson / Staff
A pedestrian in Chestnut Hill lowers her glasses so she can see where she is going as she tries to navigate the street with the wind and the blowing snow on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Michael Bryant / Staff
A motorists brushes the snow off of the windshield of his car before climbing in and attempting to drive in the snow on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Michael Bryant / Staff
Willie Davis walks down North 41st Street in West Philadelphia after going to the store as snow blows around him on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Tim Tai / Staff
A woman walks down North 41st Street in West Philadelphia as snow falls on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.. Tim Tai / Staff
A man walks in West Philadelphia as snow falls on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Tim Tai / Staff
Two people walk across Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia as snow falls on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Tim Tai / Staff
Patrick Lee clears snow with a gas blower at the Mike's Auto Repair Station in Swarthmore, Pa. Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. More snow and strong winds are expected for the Philadelphia area. Jose Moreno / Staff
Stephen Spencer of Cherry Hill stopped at the nearby Wegman's to pickup some necessities for his mom, including a big box of Valentine's chocolate. "it's all about keeping the 95-year-old happy, he said. "The things we do for our mother." Barbara Boyer / Staff
Looking north along the Delaware River in Trenton at the Route 1 bridge (foreground) and Trenton Makes bridge (background) on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. T.J. Furman / Staff
Looking north along the Schuylkill from the Amtrak bridge in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. T.J. Furman / Staff
Snow falls along the boardwalk in Ventnor this morning. Amy S. Rosenberg / Staff
A view of the early morning snow on the Boardwalk and beach block in Ventnor. Amy S. Rosenberg / Staff
Photo Gallery: Snow from 'bomb cyclone' makes way through Philly, South Jersey

Schools

Philadelphia public schools will be closed Friday for the second day in a row. The school district’s administrative offices will be open Friday but operating on a two-hour delay. Archdiocesan grade schools in the city will remain closed, as will all Archdiocesan high schools. Catholic grade schools in the suburbs typically follow their local districts in deciding whether to open. A complete list of school closings and delays is available from NBC Philadelphia.

Forecast

Powerful winds will continue to cause drifting, with whiteout conditions at the Shore.

Wind chills are in the single digits, and are expected to drop below zero late Thursday night. Morning lows of 5 and 2 are expected Saturday and Sunday. In addition to driving wind-chill factors to dangerous levels, winds could knock down power lines, the National Weather Service is warning.

Temperatures are not expected to get above freezing until Monday.

A Deep Freeze, Then a Return to Normal Temperatures in Philadelphia are expected to plummet after the “bomb cyclone” passes through, with a wind chill of -12 degrees forecast for Saturday morning. Then temperature are expected to recover by Monday, going well above freezing for the first time in 13 days. Staff Graphic

From the weather service forecast discussion: “The falling snow will be done by tonight but very strong winds and falling temperatures will be a big issue and continue to create high impacts with blowing/drifting snow and bitter wind chills. Most of our eastern Pennsylvania zones are under a wind chills advisory . . . By Friday morning expect lows generally ranging from around zero to 10 above with wind chills ranging from 5 to 25 below zero!”

Roads

Road conditions are hazardous and visibility is poor. Officials have been called to accidents all day.

Southbound lanes of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike are closed between Exit 44 in Quakertown and Exit 31 in Landsale because of an overturned tractor trailer. Speed restrictions are in effect on the interstates, the New Jersey and Pennsylvania turnpikes, and the Delaware River bridges.

In Philadelphia, a snow emergency in effect, barring cars from parking on designated snow emergency routes. The Philadelphia Parking Authority is offering $5, 24-hour parking at six Center City garages until the city’s snow emergency ends. On residential blocks, drivers do not have to pay at meters or kiosks and may disregard time limits.

Road conditions in Delaware County are “very bad,” said John McBlain, chairman of Delaware County Council. “We have traffic accidents and stalled vehicles on roadways all over the place,” added Timothy Boyce, the county’s director for emergency services. “The Blue Route has been a mess all day.” Boyce said he would advise motorists to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

A 2 p.m., officials reported a multi-vehicle crash on I-95 southbound at Exit 7 to I-476 North.

Mass Transit

SEPTA: Service on the West Trenton Line has resumed following a fatal collision between a train and a car at a crossing in Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County. On Friday, Regional Rail will be on an enchanced Saturday schedule. Wilmington/Newark trains will operate additional service to Newark and Churchmans Crossing and buses will replace Cynwyd trains. Currently, trains are subject to delays of up to 60 minutes and cancellations. As more specific information becomes available on which trains may be cancelled, we’ll provide passenger updates. Check www.septa.org for updates or go to www.septa.org/alert/twitter.html to customize a Twitter alert. SEPTA will operate on a special schedule Friday.

NJTRANSIT: Up to 15 minutes delay on all rail lines. Buses, light rail and rail lines are cross honoring tickets and passes.

PATCO: Running on a special snow schedule.

Amtrak: Operating a modified schedule between New York and Boston. Keystone Service to Harrisburg will operate as usual.

Air Travel

The FAA has lifted a ground hold at originating airports for flights headed to Philadelphia International Airport. More than 235 flights into, or out of, PHL have already been canceled. Check your airline or phl.org for flight information. Some airlines are waiving rebooking fees for flights to cities that will be affected by the storm along the East Coast. Check with your airline to see if the waiver applies to you.

Aircraft deicing well underway at PHL. Some flights are operating but at least 200 canceled. FAA holding planes waiting to depart for PHL on the ground at their departure points. Heavy snow continues. Check flight status with your airline. pic.twitter.com/gb2ent0A3w

— PHLAirport (@PHLAirport) January 4, 2018

Government Services

Philadelphia courts closed at noon. New Jersey government offices are closed. Some county and municipal offices outside Philadelphia have closed.

Philadelphia city offices, including the District Attorney’s Office, will be closed Friday. The city planned to lift its snow emergency declaration at 8 p.m. Thursday, allowing people to again park along snow-emergency routes. The city’s Code Blue for homeless outreach will remain in effect until further notice, officials said.

Trash and recycling collections were suspended Thursday in Philadelphia but were expected to resume collections with delays on Friday. Residents with scheduled collections on Thursdays are asked to hold their materials until Thursday, Jan. 11.

Joseph A. Gambardello, Staff Writer

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