Philadelphia region hit by snow, muddles travel and commute

Snowy conditions around Independence Hall. (Kim Paynter/WHYY)

Snowy conditions around Independence Hall. (Kim Paynter/WHYY)

Updated 3:16 p.m.

A winter storm has moved into the Philadelphia region that could bring one to three inches of snow and icy conditions into the area through Wednesday night.  The storm has the potential for hazardous driving conditions.

Philadelphia public and archdiocesan schools closed for the day along with other schools in the region, and many businesses are doing the same. SEPTA is expected to run on its early exit schedule, which will affect rush hour regional rail trains.  Afternoon commute is most likely when people will be most impacted by the snow and ice.

Amtrak earlier announced modifications to its Keystone service between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

You can follow SEPTA on Twitter and check its Realtime site for live updates.

The city announced a Code Blue advisory in effect through 7 a.m. Thursday. Although city offices closed at 1 p.m., the Office of Homeless Services tweeted that its homeless outreach teams will still be available 24/7 for assistance. If you see someone in need of help, you can call the street outreach team at 215-232-1984. You can more information on what Code Blue means for Philly and how to help those experiencing homelessness on the OHS website. 

The winds were so high in advance of the storm a passenger jet set a record for flying speed reaching close to 800 miles per hour with a strong tailwind from the jet stream.

WHYY will follow the changing conditions throughout the day.  You can get the latest on the storm at https://www.weather.gov.


The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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