When we first moved to Philly, all of the "natives" explained how they never get any snow and it's practically 40 degrees all winter. Well, they've changed their story. Now that we've been hit with the 4th HUGE storm of the season, now they're are saying that this never happened before we got here. As it turns out, there is a small percentage of Philadelphians actually blaming these storms on us - ha!
Snow is quite debilitating to Philly. Schools shut down for weeks at time. Public transit completely shuts down. The governor declares snow emergencies and closes down ALL of the major freeways. They're just not set up for snow. Their roads are narrow and everyone parks on the street because they must have invented garages after most of this city was built. They dont' have enough plows, and the plows they have can't actually fit down 20% of the streets in Philadelphia - yikes!
Despite how difficult and frustrating it is to get around when it snows here, one thing that always brings a smile to my face is when I drive to work and see beat-up old chairs and stools sitting in shoveled-out spots on the side of the street. This is the system Philly has adopted, and it usually works. When it doesn't, it produces some pretty funny notes:
(Notes courtesy of passiveaggressivenotes.com)