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Four inches of snow have fallen in Philadelphia since Sunday, with three more inches expected by Tuesday afternoon.

Credit: Sukhmani Kaur

Philadelphia is anticipating another round of snowfall as the city is hit with the biggest snowstorm in five years.

After heavy snowfall from Sunday through Monday, at least three additional inches of snow are expected to fall from Monday night into Tuesday afternoon, CBS Philly reported. The amount of snow could increase by as much as six inches Tuesday afternoon. A winter storm warning is in effect until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Four inches of snow have fallen already in Philadelphia on Monday night, CBS Philly reported. Snow will continue to fall, and may be heavy at times throughout the night.

Penn suspended campus operations and COVID-19 testing Monday, and announced the continuation of the campus closure for Tuesday due to the storm. COVID-19 screening tests will not be administered on Tuesday, but Irvine Auditorium will remain open for symptomatic and close contact testing according to the Division of Public Safety’s announcement. Classes will continue to be held online.

The City of Philadelphia has declared a snow emergency in response to the storm. According to city guidelines, residents must clear a path at least 36 inches wide on the sidewalk including curb cuts. Cars must also be removed from snow emergency routes. 

Most city government offices were closed to the public on Monday, but the Health Department was up and running for previously scheduled COVID-19 vaccine clinics, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported

Snow continues to fall heavily in parts of the Lehigh Valley, and an additional six to 10 inches of snow could fall in Poconos, the Lehigh Valley, and Bucks County by tomorrow. 

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