Philadelphia December 27, 2017
9 Things No One Tells You About Surviving A Philadelphia Winter
Winter in Philadelphia can be tough! It snows one day, and it’s sunny the next… how do you know what to wear, what to plan, and what to expect? The truth is… you’ve got to be willing to roll with the punches a little bit. Here a few tips to make surviving a Philadelphia winter a little less painful for most of us.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Watch where you park.
Whether you're on team #savesies or #nosavesies, you need to pay attention to where you park after a snowstorm. While many residents believe you should be able to save the spot you spend all morning shoveling out, others side with the Philadelphia Police, who are quick to point out that the streets are open to public parking, and shoveling out a spot is not a way to claim it as your own.
2. Invest in some good snow boots.
Philadelphia's streets and sidewalks get downright messy after a snowstorm! Most of our winter weather is that sloppy snow-rain mix that will have your standard boots and sneakers soaked and covered in mud almost immediately, so it's wise to have a pair of boots that will keep you warm and dry on a cold and wet day.
3. Try to enjoy the sunny, warm days.
Throughout winter, Philadelphians are surprised with random warm and sunny days. Don't waste these days inside - get out and explore local parks (like Valley Forge) or Wissahickon. Finding ways to soak up sunlight and warmth during winter is one way to make it feel like it doesn't
really last forever.
4. Stay off the roads when it's really bad out.
PennDOT does its best, but keeping city streets clear is a challenge. Try to enjoy a snow day and stay off the roads.
5. Don't even try to shop the day before a storm.
Everyone in Philadelphia flocks to the grocery store as soon as the weather suggests snow! Milk, eggs and bread sell out. It's not worth the madness to try to shop before it snows, so keep a few ready to eat meals around so you won't have to face the chaos before a storm.
6. Expect SEPTA delays.
It's inevitable - SEPTA struggles in snow. Give yourself plenty of extra time if you have somewhere to be on a snowy day.
7. Be prepared for anything.
In Philly, a sunny day can turn into a rainout with no warning, and in winter, our wild weather can be especially unpredictable. I remember getting stranded in 2013, when a flurry turned into two feet of snow, and I couldn't get out of the suburbs for hours. I also had to scrape off my car with a cookie sheet... needless to say, I keep ice scrapers and an umbrella in my trunk now!
8. Bundle up!
The wind in Philadelphia makes a big difference in winter weather! It might be 40 degrees out, but with enough wind, you'll feel completely frozen. Never underestimate the wind chill, especially in Center City.
9. Don't put all your eggs in one... nest?
Eagles fans know that a disappointing season makes the winter blues feel even more real. This year, we've got a lot of hopes in our Iggles... but remember, they're the Eagles... and you can't get your hopes up too high just yet.
Winter in Philadelphia is just beginning… we’re in for a cold and snowy one this year! While you’re dreaming of your winter getaways up in the Poconos, check out what the Farmer’s Almanac has to say about
Philadelphia’s 2017-2018 Wild Winter Weather.