Blizzard conditions causing havoc in Phila.

    Winds are picking up as snowfall across the Delaware Valley blankets trees, cars and roads. The blizzard like conditions have shut down highways, halted public transit lines and knocked out power to thousands of area residents.

    Winds are picking up as snowfall across the Delaware Valley blankets trees, cars and roads. The blizzard like conditions have shut down highways, halted public transit lines and knocked out power to thousands of area residents.
    (Photo:One of several front-end loaders cleared snow in front of city hall Wednesday / Todd Vachon – WHYY)

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    City and state officials urge residents not to venture out this evening. Those who do will find several area highways closed, including the Schuylkill Expressway, the Vine Street Expressway and the Blue Route.
    Septa halted all busses and several regional rail lines are experiencing delays and cancellations. Both the Broad street and Market Frankford lines will run all night. Mass transit is expected to be up and running on Thursday morning, but officials say paratransit will only take riders to work, dialysis, and medical appointments.

    PECO crews are expected to be working all night restoring power to thousands of customers who are without electricity in the suburbs. All public and parochial schools, as well as the courts in Philadelphia will be closed on Thursday.

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