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Snow Makes It Tough For Travel

(A Septa bus makes its way along snow-covered Fifth Street in Old City Philadelphia.  Photo by KYW's Steve Tawa)

(A Septa bus makes its way along snow-covered Fifth Street in Old City Philadelphia. Photo by KYW’s Steve Tawa)

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By Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Winter storm number 11 in our area means no classes once again Friday for the School District of Philadelphia and the Archdiocese. City offices and courts are also closed. All the snow is making it tough to get around.

SEPTA’s been dealing with suspended bus routes and delays on the regional rail lines. It’s Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines have had to carry the load and will continue to run overnight, in place of normal Night Owl service. As for how travel could shape up Friday, here’s Deputy GM Jeff Kneuppel.

“SEPTA crews will work though the night and early morning hours to monitor conditions and perform tasks necessary to operate as much service as possible Friday morning,” Kneuppel said.

Best is to check on SEPTA.org before you head out. As for the roads in the city, Streets Commissioner Dave Perri says it’s an ongoing effort, especially with residential streets.

“That operation usually takes two to three days for us to get to all the residential streets in Philadelphia. But we will get to your street,” Perri said.

And officials remind residents a snow emergency is still in effect in the city. Mayor Nutter says some decided to move their cars back onto snow emergency routes which is still frowned upon.

“The city is still under a snow emergency. We’re still operating under the snow emergency that was declared at 8:00 o’clock p.m. last night, and we expect to be  under snow emergency until sometime tomorrow. Do not park your car on a snow emergency route. It will be ticketed, more likely it will be towed, and some instances, we will just impound those vehicles,” he said.

Snow Emergency information and a map of Snow Emergency routes can be found at here.

If you’re flying out of Philadelphia International or picking up, call 1-800-PHL-GATE or PHL.org for info. And if the power goes out for PECO customers, you can report it at 1-800-841-4141.

PATCO says there will be no bridge construction tomorrow and Monday. PATCO will be using the Tues.-Thurs. schedule on both days. For more information, visit ridepatco.org.