Snow-nami!

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There was plenty of snow, but it was turning slushy and melty after daybreak -- creating a big mess and inconveniencing the city.

NBC Philadelphia reports that overnight snows will continue through the day -- shutting down Philly and putting the city within inches of its snowiest winter ever. "We have close to 1,000 school closings, including all Philadelphia public and parochial schools and all commercial flights have been canceled at Philadelphia International Airport until 2 p.m. In Philadelphia, Mayor Michael Nutter told all non-essential employees to stay home. He also asked employers to do the same for their workers. "Exercise good judgment, don't put your employees in any particular, unnecessary danger," he said. Pennsylvania Turnpike officials said they will ban certain types of vehicles from traveling on the road -- including motorcycles, RVs and tow trailers -- if conditions get too dicey." 

The Inquirer reports: "Subways, trains, trolleys and buses are running this morning, but there are delays and cancellations of service and officials warn that anyone who makes it to work this morning might get stuck tonight."

KYW 1060 offers a list of canceled events and business closings for today, and adds: "City streets commissioner Clarena Tolson said on Tuesday afternoon that trucks were still out plowing about 40 miles of the city's 1,000+ miles of roads: smaller streets in neighborhoods that were still snow-covered after the weekend storm."

Make Major Moves reports that World Cafe Live is closed due to weather: "Which means that tonight’s scheduled 8 p.m. performance by innovative guitarist Trace Bundy — known as “the Acoustic Ninja” for his dexterity on the fretboard — and emerging local indie-folk singer-songwriter Arlene McCann has been postponed. But hang on to those tickets, because a rescheduled date will be announced soon, and all tickets for tonight’s show will be honored at that future show."

Philadelphia Business Journal reports that baristas are working, even if everybody else isn't: "While the storm forced closures of nonessential city of Philadelphia offices, many government offices and many businesses, stores like Wawa, 7-Eleven, McDonald’s, neighborhood markets and some Starbucks locations were open for business. “It’s been pretty steady. Not as much as a normal day, but it’s been steady,” said Nasessa White, manager in training at the Wawa store in Penn Valley, Pa., where cars were interspersed with snow piles in the parking lot."

A 10:30 am press release from AccuWeather.com offers a dire warning. " AccuWeather.com reports the worst of the "Second Blizzard of 2010" is yet to come for much of the Northeast as cold air invades the storm on increasing winds, adding extensive blowing and drifting snow to the mess."

3:20 pm: Make Major Moves reports that Kung Fu Necktie show is canceled, but the Khyber remains open.

SEPTA announced all bus service would end at 5 pm.

KYW 1060 reports that Mayor Nutter is urging everybody to just stay home. "The mayor says the city's roads crews that have been out virtually non-stop since Saturday's blizzard are still at it.  And he says their job will be made easier if everyone simply stays home and off the roads. If you have to work, Nutter suggests, use your laptop: "It's just not something for anyone to be out in.  And in this age of technology, you literally might just want to phone it in, or electronically communicate."

PhillyClout reports that city schools will remain closed tomorrow.

More coverage will be added throughout the day.

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1. Anonymous said... on Feb 10, 2010 at 03:00PM

“who are essential & non essential employees? I'm a nursing assistant at a hopital, where does that put me?”

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2. Alex said... on Feb 10, 2010 at 04:37PM

“If you need to ask that question on of all places, this website, then my friend you are in big trouble. My guess is you are non-essential in more ways than this one.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Feb 10, 2010 at 06:28PM

“Are dhs social workers essential employees”

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