Winter storm update

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— Take our Sixes challenge to sum up the winter storm in six words of less: Sixes

— We’re still looking for your weather photos; see all the great ones so far up above. Send us your photos to Newsworks@live.com —  Forget about the Eagles postponement, let’s talk about snow and Northwest Philly. How did the city do in terms of handling the snow in your neighborhood?  What did you see neighbors do to help other neighbors?

 

Basics

Sunshine and a high 26F. Winds NW at 25 to 35 mph.

– The Philadelphia International Airport is open and operational. Website is slow phl.org. You can also call 1800-PHL-GATE for flight info.

– City of Philadelphia offices will be open for business on Monday, December 27.  All city employees should report to work as usual.

 – Philadelphia Courts will be open on Monday December 27th 2010

 

Eagles vs. Vikings game postponed till Tuesday

The NFL has postponed today’s Philadelphia Eagles game against the Minnesota Vikings until Tuesday.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said “Due to public safety concerns in light of today’s snow emergency in Philadelphia, tonight’s Vikings-Eagles game has been postponed. Because of the uncertainty of the extent of tonight’s storm and its aftermath, the game will be played on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. This will allow sufficient time to ensure that roads, parking lots and the stadium are fully cleared.’

 

Monday trash collection suspended

Mayor Nutter said today that trash collection on Monday will be suspended while sanitation vehicles are redeployed to snow-plowing duties. Residents with regular Monday trash collection should hold their trash until next week for regular pickup on Monday, Jan. 3. “We are putting all our resources into overcoming this storm,” said Mayor Nutter. “We very much appreciate Philadelphians staying off the streets, parking their cars and staying safe. We’re also asking residents who have Monday trash pickup to hold their trash until next week’s regular Monday pickup.”

 

City of Philadelphia storm plan

Mayor Michael Nutter detailed the city’s storm preparations in a Sunday-morning press conference. As reported by WHYY’s Tom MacDonald, the mayor reiterated that a snow emergency will be in effect as of 2 p.m.

The streets department is already putting brine on the streets to prevent icing. The mayor is also asking that people give a hand to the sick and elderly in clearing sidewalks. This is the first storm where a new law requiring at least a three-foot wide path to be shoveled on sidewalks goes into effect. The city also has a code blue warning in effect and will work to remove homeless from the streets.

In addition, the city is ordering the clearing of all snow emergency routes. Any cars on the routes, which include Broad Street and Germantown Avenue, will be towed.

City officials are urging people to use public transportation to go to tonights eagles game. issued a statement last night about the pending storm, urging Philadelphians stock up on supplies in the morning, if they haven’t already, and stay off the streets in the afternoon when the storm will be in full swing. For those planning to head to the Linc to see the Eagles play the Vikings, the mayor suggests taking SEPTA and leaving the cars at home.

More information is available at the city’s website: www.PHILA.gov/ready.

 

City law on snow removal from sidewalks.

(1) The owner, agent and tenants of any building or premises shall clear a path of not less than 36 inches in width on all sidewalks abutting the building or premises within 6 hours after the snow has ceased to fall.

The path shall be thoroughly cleared of snow and ice. Where the width of any pavement measured from the property line to the curb is less than 3 feet, the path cleared may be only 12 inches in width.

When the building in question is a multifamily dwelling the owner or his agent shall be responsible for compliance with the requirements of this Section.

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