PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia school district went completely virtual on Friday because of the weather. Several families made the most of the snowy day while the city braces for Code Blue conditions tonight.
The first significant amount of snow came in its general rush. Sledding, tubing or snow angels in the park.
Read more: Eagles, Flyers Games Expected to Cause Parking Mess in South Philadelphia on Saturday Night
“I’m going to be here all day,” said Harry.
No matter how cold it is, the temperature is perfect for kids playing in the snow.
“I didn’t want to miss my first day on the ice,” said Melissa Donner of West Philly.
According to the National Weather Service, the length of the city is 3.4 inches.
Friday wasn’t supposed to be a snow day for Philadelphia public and Catholic school students, but families made the best of it.
“I’m on my lunch break right now,” said West Philly student Ziggy Bonarek.
“It makes me so sad that we can’t stay out all day, and I have to go to class, but this is our lunch and vacation break,” said West Philly student Sengele Tulante.
Read more: ‘A recipe for disaster’: Philadelphia Housing Authority investigation after Fairmount fire kills 12
“It means taking away their snow days when they have a lot going on,” said Leonard Bonarek of West Philly. “It’s great to do something that feels a little out of the ordinary.”
What’s normal after a snowstorm has cleared up. The soft powder meant it was much easier to dig.
Whether navigating wet roadways or heading to your destinations while bundling, expect temperatures to drop throughout the night. The effect of cold is expected to continue.
“The bottom line is we don’t want people to starve to death, so it’s all on deck to keep people safe and warm,” said Liz Hersh, director of homeless services.
The city is moving to “Code Blue”. The Department of Homeless Services’ first response and outreach teams are investigating those exposed to dangerously cold temperatures and shelters.
“There they are getting three meals a day, they have a bed to sleep in, they can take a nice hot shower. When we have a place to stay we take everything lightly,” Harsh said.
For those living in your own homes, remember that it’s never a good idea to use your stove as a heater.
more news: Pennsylvania teachers union calls for virtual learning if schools don’t strengthen COVID protections
If you know someone in your community who is homeless, please contact the 24-hour Project Homeless Coordination Center hotline at (215) 232-1984.