Snowstorm Fallout: Late Openings, Power Outages, and SEPTA Delays

by Claire Sasko | March 8, 2018 9:02 am


Photo by Joe Trinacria

Good morning, Philly!

It’s sunny and not snowing on Thursday. We made it through Wednesday’s winter storm, which brought the city about 6 inches of snow. Let’s hope it’s the last of the season.

We’re still dealing with some fallout this morning. Here’s what you need to know before you venture back outside today.


All Philly public schools and childhood programs will operate on a two-hour delay[2] on Thursday.

Due to the inclement weather all School District of Philadelphia schools will open tomorrow, Thursday, March 8 on a 2hr delay. Admin offices will be open on-time as regularly scheduled. #phled[3]

— Philadelphia Schools (@PHLschools) March 8, 2018[4]

Buses will operate on a delayed schedule – meaning pickup times will be pushed back by two hours. After-school activities will continue as scheduled. For a list of private, charter and suburban school closings and delays, visit NBC10[5].

SEPTA and Amtrak

For the most part, bus service has resumed, but some routes were still suspended as of 9 a.m. Thursday. That includes routes 92, 129, 130. To see if your route is detoured or suspended, check System Status[6] online.

Regional Rail trains are operating on a regular weekday schedule. The Trenton line is experiencing residual delays. Customers were reporting other delays, including along the Broad Street Line[7], on Twitter.

Use caution on SEPTA platforms, walkways and vehicles, as well as in parking lots. It’s icy out there.

Hey! The path to the outbound platform at Paoli isn’t salted even though rest of station is. I just saw a couple bad slips and falls by passengers on the ice

— Julia R (@jlrichar) March 8, 2018[8]

Amtrak, meanwhile, is operating on a modified schedule.

Due to the ongoing winter storm, we will continue to operate a modified schedule in the Northeast tomorrow, Thurs. 3/8. Customers will be contacted for re-accommodation. For those looking to change reservations, change fees will be waived by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.[9]

— Amtrak Northeast (@AmtrakNEC) March 7, 2018[10]

Power Outages

Roughly 89,000 PECO customers were experiencing power outages across eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey as of 10 p.m. on Wednesday night, per 6ABC[11].

That’s not nearly as bad as the numbers from last week’s nor’easter, which knocked out power to about 630,000 PECO customers. But it’s still unfortunate for those who have to suffer through it[12].

Bucks County was hit the hardest, with more than 74,000 outages reported as of Wednesday night. About 3,500 people were reportedly without power in Philly.

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