The snow storm that wasn't is causing headaches throughout the area Monday, March 3 2014.. When the mainstream media hawked on and on about "record snow fall amounts", the region went into a panic. Schools were closed before the first snowflake ever hit the ground. Government offices and courts too. by 6:30 a.m. less than two inches had fallen and in downtown Philly, and the surrounding area, it was clear , two inches was about all we were going to see.
Still, that did not mean we were out of the woods., a few minor car accidents were reported. In Northeast Philadelphia, a Water Dept. dump truck was laying down salt, It was in an extended position as it made it's way down Conwell Ave near Dungan Rd. There, it got caught up in some electric wires , bringing them and a traffic light down onto the street. No injuries were reported. There was a power outage in the area as a result.
If you had to travel towards the shore, they got a significant amount of snow. In fact, in some areas close to the shore, a travel ban was put into effect limiting all but essential driving.
Taxpayers got a break by not having to pay overtime to public works employees to plow streets. With diminishing salt supplies, this dusting was a blessing. Not so for some retailers who were trying to gouge customers by charging as much as $25.00 for a bag of salt. School children may be cheering this snow day but they will not be cheering when the school year gets extended until late June.
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