(UPDATE) Philadelphia closures multiply as snow rises on city streets

Snow blankets City Hall
Snow blankets City Hall around 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Credit: Sam Newhouse/Metro

UPDATE: Mayor Michael Nutter has declared a snow emergency in Philadelphia after 4 p.m.

Nutter also announced that all Schools District of Philadelphia schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Old Jack Frost is getting his revenge on the City of Brotherly Love, apparently.

As of 12:30 p.m. today, many city offices and agencies have closed down.

Philadelphia City Hall, the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Schools District of Philadelphia schools, and the Philadelphia courts all closed at 12:30 p.m. as snow heaped on city streets.

SEPTA Public Information Manager Andrew Busch said there are no plans to shut down any SEPTA service lines yet, but SEPTA staff are currently monitoring the storm from the Command Center.

“We’re actively monitoring things,” Busch said. “If we do get to that point, we’re going to try to give people some kind of advance notice.”

Busch said there will be at least one hour advance notice publicized through social media channels if SEPTA decides to close any rail or bus lines.

“At the moment all we have is some bus detours,” Busch said.

One service adjustment that’s already planned is that Market-Frankford Line and Broad Street Line service will continue overnight, instead of switching to night owl bus service as usual, as road conditions will likely make bus service less reliable in the evening.

Additional closures today include:

Temple University closing at 1 p.m.

Philadelphia Prisons closed to all visitors today at 12:30 p.m. The prisons will also be closed to visitors all day on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation closed at 12:30 p.m.

Camden City Schools District closed at 12:30 p.m.

LaSalle University closed at 12:30 p.m.

National Constitutional Center closed at 1 p.m.

Parochial schools have been closed all day.

SEPTA schedules

-SEPTA has suspended service on Bus Route 35

-Route 204 is operating with delays of up to 60 minutes.

-All other bus routes may have delays up to 30 minutes

-Regional Rail lines are currently experiencing rush hour conditions. Many trains will be filled to capacity, and passengers should expect 30 to 45 minute delays on all lines.


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