December 16, 2020
The first major snowstorm Philadelphia has seen in nearly two years had dumped several inches of snow across the region by Wednesday evening, forcing SEPTA to alter its transit schedule.
SEPTA is encouraging people to use public transportation, saying it will make every effort to continue normal bus service. Regional rail trains are still operating but could be affected by accumulating snow and winds.
Late Wednesday afternoon, SEPTA suspended late-night and overnight service for the Norristown High Speed Line. OWL bus service for the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines also is suspended, but trains will run into Thursday morning.
The overnight maintenance closure of the Center City trolley tunnel – serving routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 – will be temporarily canceled into Thursday morning.
The National Weather Service reported 4.1 inches had fallen at its Mount Holly, New Jersey office by 6 p.m. Snow is falling at 2-to-3 inches per hour.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday.
An additional 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet is expected to fall between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Precipitation is expected to be heavy at times and wind gusts could reach as high as 4 mph. Less than an inch of snow is predicted to fall between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Philadelphia's Office of Emergency Management is urging people to stay off the roads as the snow continues to fall and warning of slippery roads as the precipitation turns to sleet overnight.
PennDOT enacted Level 3 vehicle restrictions which order larger vehicles, like loaded trucks, to stay off the road. Transportation officials advised drivers to be careful of changing weather conditions. A map of PennDOT's latest restrictions can be found here.
Power outages were minimal around 6:15 p.m. PECO had 27 outages affecting about 1,000 customers. Atlantic City Electric had 15 outages affecting 1,100 customers while PSE&G had 17 outages impacting less than 50.
Residents shared pictures of the snow as it arrived in the region Wednesday. Take a look below.