Wind, Cold Remain Threats for Commuters After Snowstorm

Here’s the latest on how the winter weather is affecting the city on Friday.

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Congrats, Philly. We made it through Thursday’s rather messy snowstorm.

Still, we’re not quite in the clear. Strong winds, bone-chilling cold, slush and ice could make for potentially dangerous travel conditions on Friday. Here’s the latest on how the weather is affecting the city.

SEPTA and PATCO

SEPTA Regional Rail will operate on an enhanced Saturday schedule on Friday. In a statement on Thursday, a spokesman said the organization will cut back on service in anticipation of potential issues with wind and overhead wires.

Other services, including the subway lines and trolleys, the Norristown High Speed Line and CCT Paratransit are running full service, as well as buses – though several routes have been detoured. For the most up-to-date information on SEPTA services, visit System Status online.

PATCO has returned to a regular weekday schedule, though riders should expect some weather-related delays.

Streets and highways

Most roads are significantly easier to navigate compared to Thursday. Some secondary roads (like side streets) are still somewhat messy.

City officials are urging commuters and pedestrians to use caution while traveling. Snow plows and salt trucks are still operating in the city; be sure to remain alert, and do not try to pass those vehicles.

>Philadelphia International Airport

PHL is open and operating on Friday after an FAA-ordered ground stop on Thursday.

Roughly 50 flights have been canceled at PHL so far on Friday. Delays are reported as well. Be sure to check the status of your flight with your airline before trekking to the airport on Friday.

Schools

All public and Archdiocesan schools will remain closed on Friday. Many charter schools are closed as well. Visit NBC10 for a full list.

The University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Drexel, and Saint Joseph’s universities are all closed Friday.

City government

All city government offices are closed on Friday. Non-essential city employees have been asked to “stay home and stay warm,” per managing director Mike DiBerardinis. 

The Streets Department is continuing its snow response on Friday. The Philadelphia Parking Authority will resume normal enforcement of parking regulations at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

The city’s snow emergency status was lifted at 8 p.m. on Thursday.