PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The clouds are thickening as a Super Bowl Sunday snowstorm that’s expected to pack a punch comes charging into the Delaware Valley. Prepping for the snow is making for a lot of hustle and bustle on Saturday.
People dug out from last week’s Nor’easter and most of what’s left has melted. Now it’s time for Round 2. Cities in the tri-state are gearing up.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Chance For Strong To Severe Storms On Tuesday, Damaging Winds
Another storm is on the way and with people prepping for Super Bowl festivities, they also have the upcoming snow on their minds.
“The past couple of days, I’ve got a few items that I know I’ll need for the next week, I got them the other day,” John Durso said. “So, yeah, I’m prepared. Everything’s cool. I got somebody to shovel my sidewalk and dig out my car. It’s not going to be too bad.”
Philadelphia Managing Director Tumar Alexander says the city will declare a snow emergency starting at 6 a.m. Sunday.
Heavy, wet snow is expected with approximately 3 to 6 inches of accumulations.
“Crews will continue snow operations until all conditions are safe for travel,” Alexander said. “However, this storm is expected to bring heavy snow and high winds. Residents should be mindful of fallen tree limbs and possible power and signal outages. Our goal is to make roads passable and return the city back to normal operations as quickly as possible.”
The City has declared a snow emergency beginning tomorrow, February 7, 2021 at 6 a.m.
— City of Philadelphia (@PhiladelphiaGov) February 6, 2021
The Streets Department will mobilize over 400 pieces of equipment including support from city agencies and contractors. Crews have been brining since Saturday.READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Large Group Of Noisy Dirt Bikes, ATVs Take Over Radnor Streets
The department says it has 35,000 tons of salt available.
There will be trash collection on Monday, but residents should expect delays as crews navigate through the snow. A decision on the rest of the week’s collections will be made early Monday based on how the storm and plowing operations have progressed.
Reminders for residents
- Move your vehicle before 6 a.m. on February 7 if it is parked on a Snow Emergency route.
- Do not shovel or plow snow into the street. This practice is illegal, unsafe and hinders snow operations.
- Clear a sidewalk path at least 36 inches wide within six hours of the end of the storm.
- Clear snow from neighborhood sewer drains to allow melting snow to drain.
- Motorists should allow extra time, exercise patience and maintain safe driving distances.
In Camden, crews will start at 3 a.m. Sunday. The county commissioner says barns are full and it will be all hands on deck.
“We have about 600 tons of salts in two barns,” Camden County Commissioner Al Dyer said. “We have over a hundred pieces of equipment ready to hit the roads and the crews are ready.”
In Trenton, the city is preparing for 5 to 8 inches. Mayor W. Reed Gusciora says crews there will start plowing once snowfall reaches 4 inches.
CBS3’s Alecia Reid contributed to this report.
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