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Philly closes schools in weather emergency; flooding in west

Published:Friday | March 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Office workers in the Henderson, Kentucky, downtown area make their way to their cars as businesses across the city sent workers home early due to a major winter storm descending on the area.


Philadelphia and its Catholic Archdio-cese closed schools yesterday because of a winter storm, which was expected to drop several inches of snow, and the region's transit agency planned to detour buses on routes "historically impacted" by winter weather.

In western Pennsylvania, most school

districts were merely delaying classes two hours, though ice jams on the Youghiogheny (YAWK'-ah-gen-nee) River in Fayette County damaged a marina and raised flooding concerns. Smaller waterways in Beaver County were also flooding because of ice jams.

The Philadelphia area was forecast to receive five to eight inches of snow through yesterday, with lesser amounts to the north and more to the south. In western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh was supposed to get two to four inches, with more near the West Virginia border.

At least 250 flights in and out of Philadelphia International Airport were

cancelled yesterday.