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Second nor'easter in less than one week slams the region

Snow and high winds are going to make for one messy Wednesday, with schools closing and travel expected to be "very difficult to impossible."

Jeffrey Fisher, right, who works for the City Street Department throws some rock salt in front of the left back wheel of a SEPTA bus that got stuck on Germantown Avenue due to the icy conditions and was blocking traffic during the storm on March 7, 2018.
Jeffrey Fisher, right, who works for the City Street Department throws some rock salt in front of the left back wheel of a SEPTA bus that got stuck on Germantown Avenue due to the icy conditions and was blocking traffic during the storm on March 7, 2018.Read moreMICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer

Power outages spiked late Wednesday afternoon as heavy, wet snow fell across the Philadelphia region — some of it accompanied by thunder and lightning — during the second nor'easter to roar up the coast in less than a week. Peco reported that more than 73,500 customers were without service, including 27 percent of the utility's customers in Bucks County. More than 46,000 utility customers lost power in Burlington County. Bucks County declared a state of disaster emergency.

>> READ MORE: Here are the latest updates Thursday as Philly cleans up from the storm

Public and parochial schools in Philadelphia will open Thursday morning two hours late. SEPTA and Amtrak announced schedule modifications. Some government offices in the region will be closed Thursday; Philadelphia ended its snow emergency declaration at 9 p.m.

About 6 inches of snow fell in the city while reported totals in the suburbs reached as high as 16 inches.

Here is the latest you need to know.


As of 11:25 p.m., Peco had 73,515 customers without service. In Bucks County, 61,805 of Peco's 227,220 customers there had lost power.

Peco is prioritizing getting service back to customers impacted by last week's storm, said spokesperson Liz Williamson. One thing in Peco's favor is that 1,500 utility workers from others parts of the country are still in the area from the last storm.

At 11:15 p.m., PSE&G reported that 28,541 customers in Burlington County were without power.

"Although crews will continue to work through the night, the restoration process will likely take several days given the damage from falling trees that will need to be cleared," John Latka, senior vice president of electric and gas operations, said in a statement Wednesday night. "Driving is treacherous and numerous cars litter the roads, making it extremely difficult for our crews to get around. We are mobilizing additional employees to help with damage assessment so that we can better determine restoration times. We ask our customers to be patient as we deal with these difficult conditions and work to safely restore power."

Atlantic City Electric reported that 5,289 customers in Burlington County and 6,410 in Camden County were without service at 11:24 p.m.

 >> READ MORE: How to prepare for a power outage

Mass Transit

SEPTA: Just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, SEPTA announced that bus service was expected to resume on most routes on Thursday. Some may still be suspended or detoured due to street conditions from the storm.

On Thursday, Regional Rail trains will resume normal weekday service with likely delays.

The transit agency said it would operate the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Line trains all Wednesday night into Thursday morning instead of the NiteOwl bus service.

Information on suspensions, cancellations and scheduling changes can be viewed on SEPTA's website.

Amtrak: Amtrak reported Wednesday evening that its trains in the Northeast would run Thursday on a modified schedule.

PATCO: PATCO was operating Wednesday on a special snow schedule.

NJ Transit: All bus service was suspended after 4:30 p.m. Trains were operating on a severe weather schedule.


The New Jersey span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge was closed several hours due to disabled tractor-trailers.

The New Jersey State Police reported Wednesday night that it responded statewide to 506 motor vehicle crashes and 939 motorist aids since midnight.


Flight operations were halted at Philadelphia International Airport during the height of the storm, but flights departing Philadelphia later resumed, officials said. Check with your airline for your flight status.

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The School District of Philadelphia and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that schools in the city would reopen Thursday on a two-hour delay.

Bensalem announced that all schools and government offices would be closed Thursday.

Bucks County Community College canceled day classes for Thursday and said a decision was pending on night classes.

Temple University campuses except in Harrisburg will delay opening until 10 a.m. Thursday.

Council Rock School District schools will be closed Thursday.

For more school closing information, visit NBC10.

Government, courts and city services

In Philadelphia, the city ended its snow emergency declaration at 9 p.m. All city government offices will reopen during normal business hours on Thursday. The courts also will reopen.

Non-emergency tree calls and for updates regarding snowplowing and salting operations should be directed to the 311 call center, which will reopen at 8 a.m., officials said.

Trash pickup was suspended in Philadelphia Wednesday. Collection will be a day behind for the rest of the week.

New Jersey state offices will have a two-hour delayed opening on Thursday.