NBC Philadelphia reports the Blizard of 2010 is over -- but not the consequences: "This is officially the snowiest winter season in the city's recorded history, according to the National Weather Service. More than 70.3-inches of snow fell in Philadelphia so far this season and it's not even over. "This is almost beyond words," said Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz. "No matter how old you are, you probably will never experience a winter like this in your lifetime, again." ... Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced that the city would be closed Thursday as public safety and Streets department employees work to clean up the mess. He urged that other employers allow residents to use Thursday as a "transition day" to shovel their sidewalks, dig out their cars and check on neighbors. The mayor also asked residents to take their time while digging out. Philly EMS workers handled 14 cases of cardiac arrest Wednesday, a huge spike than the norm. While many adults ponder if they'll make it into work, kids can rejoice since all city public and Catholic schools will be closed. Other districts are also following suit."
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KYW 1060 reports: "PECO was reporting that 106,000 customers in the area were still without power on Thursday morning after a peak of 207,000 thousand outages Wednesday. The hardest hit area was Bucks County with 47,000 outages. ... KYW's Al Novack in the Storm Center reports that in addition to the Peco outages, Atlantic City Electric was reporting over 17,000 outages system wide. PSE&G had 4,284 outages system wide as of 4am. Delmarva Power had some 5,000 outages." KYW's list of Philadelphia closings for Thursday.
Philadelphia Business Journal reports that some businesses suffered and others thrived in the blizzard. "On Jewelers Row, many businesses were closed, despite the approach of Valentine’s Day. The recession has already hit the jewelry business hard and the recent weather has been a dagger, said Frank Schaffer, owner of FGS Gems on the 700 block of Sansom Street. “I’ll be honest, a lot of jewelers are tossing in the towel. This industry is devastated. Valentine’s is now mostly candy and flowers. When the economy is good, they come in here. I’m one of the fortunate ones,” said Schaffer, who spends weekends at trade shows like this weekend’s planned International Gem Show in King of Prussia, Pa. “There, I can see 1,400 to 1,500 people on a weekend. This morning, no one’s coming in.”"
Gov. Rendell has re-opened some Pennsylvania interstates: "Earlier this morning, Interstates 81, 83 and PA 581 in the central region of Pennsylvania reopened. Interstate 78 remains closed in both directions while the Department of Transportation (PennDOT) continues to deal with high winds and drifting snow. Governor Rendell ordered the interstates closed Wednesday to allow PennDOT to deal with the combination of heavy snow and high winds, which raised the potential for significant drifting. "The strong winds created whiteout conditions in many areas of the state," Governor Rendell said. "All the elements for significant hazardous conditions were converging, and we needed to take aggressive steps to ensure the public safety and help PennDOT keep highways cleared in the face of very challenging conditions."