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Philadelphia Snow Emergency Declaration Lifted - Collections Resume

PHILADELPHIA - Managing Director Tumar Alexander announced that the Snow Emergency for Philadelphia has been lifted, effective at 3:00 p.m. today, February 7th. This means that vehicles can once again park on Snow Emergency routes. If your vehicle was relocated during the Snow Emergency, please call 215-686-SNOW to find it. Do not call 911.

 “Motorists should allow extra time, exercise patience and maintain safe driving distances. Black ice on the roadway remains an issue for vehicular traffic, and the region is still under a wind advisory, with the possibility of downed trees and power lines,” said Alexander.  “I would like to thank our Streets Department and all our other City agencies for their snow-fighting efforts and working to get our city back to normal business as quickly as possible.”

The Streets Department continues its snow operations. All primary and secondary streets have been made passable. Crews plowed the roads overnight and will focusing its efforts today on servicing residential streets that have not been plowed. Crews will continue to work throughout the remainder of the week to service all roads.

This storm created several challenges including the combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain. The freezing temperatures can make it challenging to plow streets. However, we will continue to chip away to make all residential streets passable. This does not mean roads will be completely clear of snow and ice but made passable for safe traveling. Crews will remain on duty to monitor road conditions and respond to service requests of impassable streets or icy conditions.  

We ask for residents’ patience as we continue to treat roads. Residents can submit requests for salting and plowing to 311 beginning Monday, February 8 at noon.

Trash and Recycling Collections: All trash and recycling collections have resumed for the week of Monday, February 8, however rear driveway collections are suspended for Monday, February 8 to prevent sanitation trucks from getting stuck in compacted snow in driveways. Residents whose normal trash day is Monday should set their materials out for pickup in front of homes at the curb.  Normal driveway collections will resume on Tuesday, February 9.  Residents should anticipate delays throughout the week as crews navigate through the snow. Sanitation Convenience Centers are open Monday through Saturday during normal business hours of 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Snow Management Reminders: 

  • Do not shovel or plow snow into the street. This practice is illegal, unsafe and hinders snow operations. The penalty for violating this can range from $50 to $300 for each violation. 
  • 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.