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Even Walking Is Dicey in Center City After 8” Snowstorm

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(A couple struggles across 10th Street in center city Philadelphia.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

(A couple struggles across 10th Street in center city Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Tawa)

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By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Even the walking was challenging this morning in and around center city Philadelphia.

Merchants along Walnut, Chestnut, and Market Streets had workers out shoveling and salting, but crossing at intersections was dicey due to high ridges of snow created by plows grooming the roadways.

“The streets aren’t plowed very well. the sidewalks are pretty decent, but the streets themselves aren’t very good,” said one woman.

And the condition of the sidewalks varied widely.  “They’re icy and slippery — you have to be very careful,” another woman said.

But the larger issue, especially when you hit open areas such as Independence Mall or Washington Square or between buildings and at some intersections, was the wind tunnel effect.

“The wind chill is… deadly,” said one young woman with just a hint of a laugh.

Accuweather was clocking winds of 18-20 miles per hour this morning with gusts between 30 and 35 mph.

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