Overnight snow cancels PHL flights, prompts caution on area roads

Route 30 by Paoli Pike
Photo credit Tim Jimenez/KYW Newsradio
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Friday morning's surprisingly heavy snow fall might cause some problems during the morning commute.

The fast-falling, wet and heavy snow already cancelled 14 flights at Philadelphia International Airport on Friday morning. All of the eight cancelled departing flights were scheduled to take off in the morning.

The airport is warning travelers to repeatedly check their flight status with their airline before coming to the airport, as the weather will likely force more cancellations throughout the morning. 

Our #PHLairport snow crews are busy clearing runways and deicing planes this morning. Winter weather ❄️ advisory in effect. Some cancellations and delays reported. Check flight status with your airline before coming to the airport #PHLsnow pic.twitter.com/lPjxqmVwSZ

— PHLAirport (@PHLAirport) March 1, 2019

PennDOT says crews have been out salting and prepping area roads since Thursday, and trucks and plows are still out there running in areas where the snow has been a little heavier. Spokeswoman Ayanna Williams says drivers won't have to worry about any surprise slick spots, because she says they should assume all roads are slick.

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"We're seeing more of a typical snow fall. Temperatures are going to rise slightly as we head into the morning, but when we get this type of winter weather, roads are of course going to be slick, so drivers definitely need to be cautious and drive slowly when there is any type of winter weather happening outside," she said.

The KYW Traffic Center reports that all Delaware River bridges have reduced the speed limit to 25 mph due to the weather conditions. And there are some accidents and disabled vehicles causing delays on Philadelphia-area highways.

295 North near 561 an accident is blocking the left lane pic.twitter.com/RjL2dVpD6N

— Traffic on the Twos (@KYWTraffic1060) March 1, 2019

SEPTA isn't reporting any issues with their train schedule this morning, but they do warn riders to use caution during travel, because platforms, parking lots and vehicles may be slippery. NJ Transit and PATCO aren't reporting any issues either at this time, but when snow falls, trains do tend to run at slower speeds, which can lead to some minor delays.