Blizzard Jonas Becomes 4th Worst in Phila. History

Philadelphia faced a snowed in weekend after Blizzard Jonas left over 20 inches of snow on the ground.

There are differing amounts for the total of snow Philadelphia received this weekend, one says 22.4 inches, another says 28 inches. One thing is for sure, Philadelphia was not going anywhere this weekend. Along with massive amounts of snow, the blizzard brought heavy winds and kept many off the street.

Jonas ranks as the fourth worst snowfall the city has ever received. It’s behind these three snow storms:

  • December 2009, 23.2 inches
  • February 2010, 28.5 inches
  • Blizzard of 1996, 30.7 inches

SEPTA cancelled most of its services on Saturday during the brunt of the storm, the transit system only ran its Market-Frankford Line and Broad Street Line subways on Saturday. Services were gradually back in place on Sunday, but the regional rail system continues to be suspended, as of Sunday night.

Mayor James Kenney called a snow emergency in the city, which meant all cars on snow emergency routes had to be moved otherwise they face a fine of $125 or higher.

Governor Tom Wolf declared a State of Emergency for all of Pennsylvania which helps them get resources where they’re needed most. This included emergency vehicles salting the highways. Drivers were urged to stay off the streets through the storm.

While the snow was intense, many people in Philadelphia went out to enjoy snow activities such as sledding, building snow men and even skiing. For those not too excited by cold weather, a weekend indoors was welcomed.


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