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In Delaware Valley, It's Shoveling And Plowing Time

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Residents of Philadelphia and other parts of the Delaware Valley will have a long, cold cleanup after the storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in many areas has been replaced by bone-chilling temperatures and icy winds.

The National Weather Service says 14 inches of snow was recorded in Philadelphia, a record for the day. Also, almost 15 inches was recorded in Delaware County and as much as a foot in other surrounding counties. Allentown in Lehigh County had seven inches and other parts of the state saw five to 10 inches. 33.7 inches of snow have already accumulated this season, says Philadelphia mayor Nutter.

Check all snowfall totals here.

Public and parochial schools in Philadelphia and many of its suburbs are closed Wednesday. Philadelphia city offices and courts will be closed today. Mayor Nutter just announced that offices will be open tomorrow. The School District of Philadelphia will announce later whether public schools will be open tomorrow.

Check the latest school closing information here.

Mayor Nutter is giving a presser right now about the latest in snow removal. Watch it live here.

Road conditions are starting to improve in Pa., said PennDOT's Charles Metzger at 7:40. Many roads are now seeing blacktops, and the downed sign at the entrance to the Betsy Ross Bridge will be removed soon. Mayor Nutter says that the snow emergency in Philadelphia will be in effect until 6 p.m. today, so please keep your cars out of snow emergency routes until then. As of 1:00 p.m. Philadelphia's Emergency Operations Center has been deactivated.

"This will be a marathon clean up effort that very much may stretch into Saturday," Mayor Nutter said. "We still have a lot of work to do.

Trash pickup will also resume tomorrow, Mayor Nutter said in his mid-morning presser.

SEPTA reports that all regional rails are operating today, although some bus routes are suspended or on detour. As of 8 a.m., SEPTA's Heather Redfern says that they are almost back to normal. Check the latest traffic information here.

In Delaware, Governor Markell has also declared all state offices closed. Anyone driving was under a Level 1 State of Emergency Driving Warning until 10:00 a.m. this morning. Drivers are still urged to exercise caution as many roads have yet to be treated. Jim Westhoff from DelDOT reports that some of the roads are still covered with a layer of ice. They will be contending with the snow and ice all day today as the temperatures never make it above freezing.

"If you have to go out on the roads today, please drive slowly and carefully," said Governor Markell. "Hundreds of DelDOT employees have worked through the night and morning to improve road conditions, but snowy and icy spots still exist and drivers should exercise caution."

Forecasters have issued a wind chill advisory for low temperatures and 15 to 20 mph winds gusting to 30 mph. This affects the entire viewing area. There will be 110 hours of below freezing temperatures, so be prepared for slick spots all around the viewing area for the entire week.

Many New Jersey schools are closed and state government offices also are closed Wednesday. Most of the snow fell in Monmouth, Mercer and Middlesex counties. Manalapan is reporting nearly 16 inches, East Windsor saw 12 inches and Piscataway received 10 inches. New Jersey Transit trains are operating on an enhanced weekend schedule. Buses and trains are cross-honoring tickets.

FOX 29's Steve Keeley reported from Cinnaminson, NJ at 7:00 a.m. Even though he saw plows go by, the roads are not cleared.

"You're going to do some slipping and sliding, no matter what vehicle you have because we've been doing some in our news vehicle," Keeley said. By 8:30, Keeley and crew had traveled to Riverton, NJ, right near the Tacony-Palmyra bridge. Part of the river was frozen.

NJDOT talked to Good Day at around 7:20. Joe Dee says that the major roads are in good shape.

"In the North and Central parts of the state, the roads are in good shape," he said.

Jenni Joyce reported from Brookhaven, Pa. where they got more than 14'' of snow. Roads were clear, but one resident had a flat tire and was trying to fill it up in the cold. And Jenni went to Chester, Pa., where people were shoveling the snow. One man was out with a plow and was helping out with neighbors' sidewalks.

Jenn Fred drove around East Mt. Airy at around 7 a.m. The roads are completely covered with snow. She got to Manayunk at 7:40 and she had trouble getting up those steep streets. By 8:40, Jenn was at East Falls, and again, the roads were still covered.

"If it is in the Philadelphia county, it's snow covered," Jenn said.

PHL reports about 100 canceled flights and people are being re-accommodated. Normal operations should be on by mid-noon, but people should still check their flights. 1-800-745-4283.

PSE&G reports that there are still 140 customers without service due to the storm. Crews are working to restore service. PECO has approximately 100 customers still without power.

Make sure to watch FOX 29 news at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to get the latest updates!

In general, make sure to exercise caution when going out. The salt on the roads have limited effectiveness at low temperatures.

Shoveling snow is high intensity. Here are some tips from experts.

  • Warm up with some stretching exercises inside.
  • Start slowly and pace yourself. Shovel no more than five loads a minute; don't shovel for more than 15 minutes without taking a break. Pause to stretch every five minutes by standing up straight.
  • Push the snow. Don't lift. If you must lift, use your legs not your back.
  • Drink during breaks to avoid dehydration. Breathing cold dry air robs moisture from your body with every breath.
  • Never throw over your shoulder. Twisting can strain the back. Face the snow being shoveled, keep your back straight and knees bent and throw in front of you.
  • Dress warmly in layers with a hat. Cover your neck.
  • Take smaller scoops of snow, keeping them light and small.
  • Don't work up a sweat. Bodies lose heat faster in damp clothes, which makes you more prone to injury. Take a break if you're beginning to sweat.
  • Don't smoke or eat a heavy meal before shoveling. It's harder on the heart.
  • Don't hold your breath; this makes your heart rate and blood pressure rise. Don't feel the job has to get done in one session.
  • Do not throw the snow over your shoulder or to the side. This requires a twisting motion that puts stress on your back. Instead, walk to where you want to dump the snow.
  • Clear snow early and often. Begin when a light covering of snow is on the ground to avoid having to clear packed, heavy snow.
  • Pace yourself. Take frequent breaks and replenish with fluids to prevent dehydration. If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath or other signs of a heart attack, seek emergency care.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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