(WTXF/AP) - The Snow Emergency in the city of Philadelphia has ended after what's being called an under-performing storm for most of the region.
Since midnight, when it started, parked cars had to be moved off Snow Emergency routes for plowing. Cars left on Snow Emergency routes were moved to other parking spots to assist in snow plowing operations. If your car was moved, call 215-686-SNOW to find it. Do NOT call 911.
FOX 29's Bob Kelly reported accidents all over the place. One on Route 1 in Trenton involved ten cars. Bob said people have ben staying home, so fewer drivers are on the roads and those that are feel they can go faster. However, they were not considering the sheet of ice under the snow from earlier rain and sleet before the temperature dropped.
Continue to give yourself extra time as roads are cleared.
The Philadelphia Zoo is closed Thursday.
Other midday developments:
Thursday sanitation and recycling collections are suspended. If it’s normally collected on Thursday, hold your trash until next week. Crews are expected to resume collections on Friday but there may be delays. There will be no Friday collections in driveways; place materials at curbside to be picked up.
Salting/Plowing: The Philadelphia Streets Department – working in coordination with Parks and Recreation, L&I, Water, and CLIP – started salting at midnight with 350 trucks and more than 50,000 tons of salt available.
City government offices will be open during normal business hours Thursday. Supervisors are urged to offer flexibility if employees are late.
More from the city of Philadelphia below:
SEPTA: There were several mid-morning changes, mostly involving buses and Regional Rail trains. Click here for details. The Market/Frankford Line service has resumed normal operations. There will be no more shuttle buses. Thursday, there will be no A/B express service due to weather conditions. Click here for general winter weather service information for your SEPTA mode of transportation. Click here for for system status.
PATCO will have a special schedule in effect Thursday due to snow, affecting both directions from 5am to 2pm. Click here for the PDF.
NJ Transit: Click here for details on any delays. It has been slow-going on the state's highways. New Jersey State Police say troopers have responded to 198 crashes and 226 calls to help drivers since midnight. The speed was reduced to 35mph along the entire New Jersey Turnpike.
State offices in the Garden State are closed. Thursday, Gov. Chris Christie told non-essential employees to stay home. Essential employees should report to work on their regular schedule.
Authorities say nearly 1,700 flights have been canceled at New York's three major airports because of the powerful storm. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says Newark International has the most cancelations with 607 as of 6:30am.
Philadelphia International Airport: Check your flight status before leaving for the airport. There are delays and at least 375 cancelations. The airlines started making them Wednesday night and there is a domino effect when other cities cancel flights. According to PHL’s website, “Expect impacts to flight operations. If you are scheduled to fly on Feb. 9, please check with your carrier on flight status. Some airlines have waived fees for changing itineraries if you are flying to or from select cities including PHL. Contact your carrier for details.” You can also get updates at 1-800-PHL-GATE (745-4283). Click here to see the low visibility at 7:20am.
Both PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission lifted speed limit restrictions that were in place.
If you see a snow plow, remember to allow plenty of space. Don’t ever try to pass a truck while it’s plowing or spreading winter materials.
It's always good to have an emergency kit in your car. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. Also take into account special needs like baby food, pet supplies and medications, and pack accordingly.
DelDOT cautioned drivers to give themselves extra travel time. New Caste County's Winter Weather Warning and the rest of the state's Winter Weather Advisories have been lifted.
The Philly 311 Call Center will remain open during normal business hours, 8am- 8pm, to take calls for non-emergencies. No requests for salting and plowing. Once the storm has moved on, the city will announce when such requests will be taken.
The Philadelphia Water Department’s customer contact center at 215-685-6300 will be open. People are encouraged to shovel snow from the fronts of fire hydrants and storm drains on their block, to help snow melt and drain into the city sewer system.
Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services has declared the fourth Code Blue of the season through noon Saturday to prevent weather-related deaths. That means the city’s homeless outreach teams increase staffing and foot patrols throughout the city, and transports homeless people directly to shelter 24 hours a day. Also, during a Code Blue, Philadelphia police are authorized to transport homeless people to a shelter. If you see a person living on the street, call Homeless Outreach at 215-232-1984 with the address, location, and description of the person.
Philadelphia Prisons: All inmate visits are canceled Thursday.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority did not enforce meter and time limit violations during the emergency. The PPA offered discounted parking in Center City garages during the Snow Emergency, which has been discontinued, to help lessen the number of cars parked on the street. It offered a special 24-hour flat rate of $5 at certain parking facilities if you bring your ticket and pay at the PPA Management Office in each garage.
If a tree falls and blocks a road, or falls on a house, car or other property -- call 911. Arborists from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation are on-call and will remove the hazard and any part of the tree that is an immediate risk to public safety. If a tree falls on electrical wires, call PECO’s emergency line: 1-800-841-4141.
Pet Safety: Call the ACCT Philly hotline at 267-385-3800 if you see a dog or other pet outside during extreme cold. It is against City ordinance to leave dogs outside in extreme cold without proper shelter, and owners can be fined up to $500.