PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Some Delaware Valley winters come and go with nary a flake of snow. Not this one.
Friday morning’s snowfall was the third (or fourth or fifth) significant one of the season so far — depending on where you live and how you define “significant.”
And this one was turning out more significant for residents in Philadelphia’s northern and western suburbs than for those who lived in the city, or south or east.
Philadelphia public and archdiocesan schools were operating on a two-hour delay on Friday morning.
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Major highways were slush covered but passable as of 5 AM, as long as drivers took their time and used common sense. PennDOT plows were operating on Pennsylvania highways.
Side roads were a different story. Many had icy spots, causing a number of skidding accidents.
Forecasters were calling for snow ending early, then becoming partly sunny with a high of 34 degrees in the city.
SEPTA reported that due to weather conditions the following routes had service interruptions as of 5 AM:
— Route 14 – no service to Archives or Horizon Center
— Route 27 – will remain on Ridge Avenue in both directions
— Route 35 – suspended
— Route 55 – detoured northbound at 65th Street and Old York Road
— Route 105 – no service to Overbrook Park
— Route 112 – no service to Lawrence Park residential area or industrial park
— Route 115 – no service to Delmawr Village
— Routes H and XH – detoured at 74th Street
More information is available at septa.org.
In addition, bus stops and Regional Rail platforms were expected to be slush-covered; commuters are used to urge extra caution.
Philadelphia International Airport said its operations were normal, but travelers are nevertheless urged to double-check with their airline or the airport’s web site, PHL.org.
Stay tuned to CBS 3 Eyewitness News, KYW Newsradio 1060, and CBSPhilly.com for all the latest information to help you navigate this latest winter blast.
Reported by Ed Fischer, KYW Newsradio.