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City of Philadelphia Winter Weather Guide·· For official updates from the City, follow @PhilaOEM on Twitter or find them on Facebook.· Other City Twitter accounts to follow for information: @PhiladelphiaGov; @Philly311; @PhilaStreets; @PhillyPolice; and @PhillyFireDept.

Ready Philadelphia Winter Weather Guide·· Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management·· Twitter @PhilaOEM

If the City of Philadelphia declares a snow emergency – the following regulations are in effect:· Park your car at least 20 feet from the corner, as required by the state vehicle code. Cars parked too close to the corner limit the turning radius of salting vehicles.· The Police Department will be ticketing and towing illegally parked vehicles, which can impede the snow removal operation. If your car is towed, call 215-686-SNOW for its location. Do NOT call 911.· Clear snow from neighborhood sewer drains to allow melting snow to drain.· Check on sick and elderly neighbors.· Within six hours of the end of a snowfall or freezing rain, you must clear a path at least 30 inches wide on your sidewalk. Do not shovel or sweep the snow into the street. The penalty for violating this regulation can range from a minimum fine of $25 up to $300 for each violation.  To report a sidewalk that has not been cleared, residents my call the Streets Department Customer Affairs Unit at (215) 686-5560.· For more information on any Streets Department program or service, residents are encouraged to call the Customer Affairs Unit at 215-686-5560, or visit us online at

ROAD CONDITIONS· For current interstate road conditions throughout Pennsylvania, people can call 1-888-783-6783. For those with Internet access, statewide road conditions are available through the PennDOT Home Page (Pendot Winter Travel).


PECO· PECO cautions motorists to be extra careful in their commute and urges anyone who experiences problems with electric or natural gas service to call PECO immediately at 1-800-841-4141.  The company said customers should not assume PECO knows when their service is interrupted, and it can be more effective in restoring service if more customers call to report their problem.· If the snow and gusty winds causes any power lines to fall, the lines should be considered live and dangerous.  PECO warns everyone to stay away from downed power lines, which will be prioritized for repair.· Heavier snow can accumulate around natural gas meters. If this materializes, PECO advises suburban gas customers to clear away the snow from their outdoor meter. Brush the snow away; do not use a shovel. The snow can cover the meter’s regulator vent and block gas service.

PGW· As for PGW f you smell gas or have an unsafe condition, please call (215) 235-1212 immediately.

SEPTA· WWW.SEPTA.ORG select System Status.

HOMELESS OUTREACHWith temperatures below freezing, the Office of Homeless Services Code Blue declaration remains in effect until Monday, December 18 at 10am.  Throughout the Code Blue, Philadelphia's homeless outreach teams will patrol the streets in greater numbers, urging homeless people to come to local shelters. People do not need ID to enter Code Blue shelters or cafes from the street, and they can remain indoors throughout the duration of the Code Blue. If you are concerned about someone who is homeless, please call the Outreach Coordination Center at 215-232-1984 at any time. Outreach is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. First responders can also transport people to shelter for their own safety. 

PET SAFETYCitizens should contact the ACCT Philly hotline (267-385-3800) if they observe 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.