The City of Philadelphia Declared a Snow Emergency

The city of Philadelphia declared a snow emergency on Monday as a large winter storm approaches the Philly. Mayer Nutter said winds gusting to 30 mph and temperatures plunging into the teens or low 20s.

City officials reported, that ” Philadelphia public and parochial schools will be closed on Tuesday, January 27. City offices and City Courts will also be closed for non-essential personnel. A Code Blue is in effect. If you are concerned that a homeless person is in need of assistance, call the Homeless Outreach Coordination Center at Project Home at 215-232-1984.   This number is for concerns about the homeless during the Code Blue. For all other storm-related information, call Philly 3-1-1.

During the Snow Emergency, all vehicles parked along Snow Emergency Routes must be removed or they will be ticketed and towed. A list of Snow Emergency Routes can be found at or on Philadelphia’s Government Access Station on Channel 64.   If your vehicle is towed, call 215-686-SNOW. Do not call 9-1-1.

PPA Discounted Parking RatesThe Philadelphia Parking Authority will offer discounted parking in its Center City garages during the snow emergency to help alleviate parking on the street. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. Monday, January 26 through Wednesday, January 28 at 8:00 p.m., the PPA will offer a special 24 hour flat rate of $5.00 for the following facilities:

  • AutoPark at JFK (16th and JFK)
  • AutoPark at Independence Mall (5th and Market)
  • AutoPark at Jefferson (10th and Ludlow)
  • AutoPark at the Gallery (10th and Filbert)
  • 8th and Filbert Streets Garage
  • AutoPark at Old  City (2nd and Sansom)

Residential trash and recycling collections will not be picked up on Tuesday, January 27.  Residents should hold collections until next Tuesday. All driveway collections have been suspended for the remainder of the week. Residents should put trash and recycling in the front of their properties for pick up.

If you don’t have to be out on the roads, stay home. Allow crews enough time to salt and plow the streets. Don’t drive during the height of the storm unless it is absolutely necessary.  If you must travel, use public transportation.

For information on SEPTA routes, visit or call 215-580-7800.  To get text or email messages regarding SEPTA service, sign up for SEPTA alerts from ReadyNotifyPA. Just click on the ReadyNotifyPA logo on this website and follow the instructions.

Check on older adults and the homebound neighbors to make sure they are warm and safe.  If possible, help shovel their sidewalks.  Keep your pets safe during cold weather. Do not leave pets outside for any extended period of time during the snow storm and extreme temperatures.  As the storm progresses, stay informed by tuning to local news stations for weather updates. For the latest storm-related updates from the City, here are some ways to stay informed:

  • Call Philly 3-1-1.
  • Visit the OEM website often.
  • Sign up for ReadyNotifyPA emergency text and email alerts, SEPTA alerts, weather alerts, transportation delays and more. Just click on the ReadyNotifyPA logo on this site and follow the instructions to sign up.
  • Follow the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management on Twitter @PhilaOEM #PhillySnow

Finally, only call 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies.   For snow-related updates or City service requests, call Philly 3-1-1. For more Winter Weather Information, visit: With cold weather, there is always an increase in carbon monoxide poisoning. Know the how to recognize the symptoms of carbon and what to do if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning:

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