February 02, 2021
The nor'easter that has dumped as much as 14 inches of snow and sleet upon the Philly region since Sunday afternoon is forecasted to end by Tuesday night. But additional snowfall is expected before the storm departs.
Residents could see 1 to 3 more inches of light snow accumulation before precipitation begins to diminish by late afternoon. Wind speeds are expected to top out at around 35 mph.
A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 4 p.m. across the region.
Good morning everyone! Our winter storm will finally come to an end later today but not before we get a bit more snow. This additional snow will either be icing on the cake (team snow), or salt in the wound (team no snow). #njwx #dewx #mdwx #pawx pic.twitter.com/ueLhxXtZmp— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) February 2, 2021
Below is the complete forecast provided by the National Weather Service.
Tuesday: An additional 1-3 inches of snow is possible, with wind speeds as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. High of 34 degrees.
Tuesday night: Chance of snow before 7 p.m., then a chance of snow showers between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. Less than one inch of additional snowfall expected. Northwest wind of 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Cloudy with a low of around 26 degrees.
Due to the nor'easter, a number of local and state services will be impacted Tuesday.
Philadelphia's snow emergency, which took effect Sunday night, remains in place. Streets Department crews are continuing with snow operations until conditions are safe for travel.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority is not ticketing for time-limit violations at metered parking spots on residential blocks until the snow emergency ends. The PPA will enforce all snow emergency and safety violations.
Tuesday's trash and recycling collections have been canceled due to the snowstorm. Residents who normally have their garbage collected on Tuesdays should hold their items until next week for pickup.
All city-run COVID-19 testing sites will be closed. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is working to reschedule testing appointments for patients.
The city's health department will operate its coronavirus vaccine clinic at one location for appointments previously scheduled. People who have made appointments through the health department will have the option to reschedule.
All city offices are closed to the public, but the city's water department and 311 call centers will remain operational.
A Code Blue will remain in effect until further notice. Outreach teams are providing homeless residents with indoor spaces where they can shelter during the storm. Those entering shelters do not need to provide identification and can stay for the duration of the Code Blue.
The School District of Philadelphia will continue with remote, teacher-led instruction in the morning and "independent tasks" in the afternoon. The district said this allows "staff, students and families flexibility to engage in outdoor activities if the weather permits for them to do so safely."
The district's headquarters, school buildings and family technology support centers will be closed. Additionally, the city's access centers will not open.
All Archdiocese of Philadelphia high schools and parochial elementary schools in the city will be closed. All Free Library of Philadelphia in-building services will be closed.
Gov. Tom Wolf issued a proclamation of disaster emergency Monday for the ongoing nor'easter.
PennDOT has implemented restrictions on trucks and other vehicles on highways throughout the state. More restrictions could be imposed if deemed necessary.
Wolf has encouraged residents to avoid all unnecessary travel during the storm.
"As this winter storm continues, the best plan of action is to stay home," Wolf said. "If you are required to travel, have all the proper safety precautions in place and stay alert for rapidly changing conditions."
SEPTA riders are encouraged to allow for additional travel time due to possible service delays and cancellations.
New Jersey's state of emergency, declared by Gov. Phil Murphy on Sunday, remains in effect.
All state offices are closed for non-weather essential personnel. However, NJ Transit is expected to resume regular weekday schedules for services in South Jersey.
New Jersey's six COVID-19 vaccination mega-sites will remain closed. Individual health care providers will be reaching out to reschedule any vaccine appointments.
Anyone with an appointment at the Burlington County vaccination mega-site will be rescheduled during extended hours throughout the week. Those with appointments at Gloucester County's vaccination mega-site have been rescheduled to Wednesday. Anyone with an appointment at the Atlantic County vaccination mega-site has been rescheduled to Friday.
"Heavy snow, coastal flooding and high winds are expected in many parts of the state," Murphy said. “The safety of residents and workers is our utmost priority. Please follow all weather-related guidance and stay off the roads in order to allow access for emergency personnel.”