Many Philadelphians were not anticipating the snow earlier this week to even come close to last year's record of 23.3 inches. Yet the National Weather Service said the Philadelphia International Airport had already accumulated nearly 8 inches of snow by Monday. Mayor Nutter urged residents to stay off the roads as the city prepared for the season's first snow storm.
Officials asked citizens to park their vehicles away from corners and help clear the snow from fire hydrants. They also asked residents to clear 36 inches from the sidewalk paths six hours after the end of the storm. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission reduced the speed on several of the state highways and interchanges to 45 miles per hour.