Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Philly Schools to Reopen, Speed Restrictions Lifted as Pennsylvania Digs Out of Winter Storm Stella

Eric Chaney and Ada Carr
Published: March 14,2017

Officials in Philadelphia announced Tuesday that schools would be reopened and speed restrictions on the Philadelphia Turnpike would be lifted as the City of Brotherly Love began to recover from Winter Storm Stella's impact.
According to weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam, temperatures will drop into the low 20s tonight, allowing any precipitation that has fallen to freeze, resulting in the potential for hazardous conditions Wednesday morning. In addition, windy conditions are expected to persist into Wednesday.
The Philadelphia public school district said that schools would be open Wednesday on a normal schedule, while the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said high schools and parochial elementary schools would operate on a two-hour delay.
(FORECAST: Blizzard Warnings Issued as Winter Storm Stella Gears Up)
A number of other school districts, including those in Allentown, Bethlehem and Reading, have announced that they will be closed Wednesday and other districts announced delayed openings.
Philadelphians woke up to a city blanketed by snow from Winter Storm Stella on Tuesday morning.
(Instagram/Eric DeJesus)

Highway officials said that vehicle and speed restrictions have been lifted on the Pennsylvania Turnpike west of the Morgantown exit. There have been no major road closures, but state officials warn that travel conditions could remain treacherous through the night, with winds picking up and temperatures dropping.
Vehicle and speed restrictions remain in place on I-80, 81, 83, 84, 176, 283, 380 and 476, and on all non-interstate expressways. Interstate 84 is closed to trucks.
The Philadelphia International Airport announced via Twitter Tuesday that it would resume normal operations Wednesday.
A few small avalanches blocked roads and briefly trapped one driver in Luzerne County.
Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency Deputy Coordinator David Elmore said the motorist was trapped in Duryea but was uninjured and quickly freed by emergency workers. Tunkhannock Township Supervisor Randy White said crews cleared snow from roads after two avalanches in rock-cut areas that also caused no injuries.
Philadelphia lifted its snow emergency around midday Tuesday as Winter Storm Stella pushed further east. The storm dropped a mixture of snow and sleet that slowed the city to a crawl Monday night into Tuesday morning.
Snowfall blankets Philadelphia in City Center West.
(Instagram/Maria Albornoz)
The heavy snow and ice, combined with the wind, knocked out power to thousands around the city. PECO reported around 3,500 customers without power in the Philadelphia area as of mid-Tuesday morning. 
Monday Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a proclamation of disaster which placed the restriction on speeds on interstates and some large commercial vehicular travel, PennLive.com reports.

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