- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The latest on the heavy snowfall expected to hit Pennsylvania. (all times local):

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9 p.m.

Philadelphia has begun its snow emergency, which prohibits residents from parking on major streets in the city. The State Department of Transportation also has reduced speed limits on several expressways in the region.

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3:45 p.m.

Forecasters are now saying Philadelphia could see as much as 2 feet of snow in the daunting winter storm heading its way.

The National Weather Service updated Pennsylvania’s snow total predictions Friday afternoon, giving a range of 18 to 24 inches for the city, which is under a blizzard watch from 7 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Sunday.

Areas that are inland like Lancaster and York could get as much as 2 1/2 feet.

The looming storm has led officials to plan mass transit and airport shutdowns in Philadelphia on Saturday. The storm is threatening to bring gale-force winds and whiteout conditions up the East Coast, from Washington, D.C. to New York City.

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1 p.m.

Officials say Philadelphia will be under a snow emergency effective at 9 p.m. Friday as a major winter storm heads toward the city.

Managing director Michael DiBernardinis says cars not moved from emergency snow routes will be relocated and drivers will be fined. City parking lots will open at 5 p.m. and will cost $5 a day until Monday morning at the earliest.

Mayor Jim Kenney assured citizens urged citizens to be safe during this weekend’s snowstorm, suggesting they hunker down with some Netflix until it’s safe to venture out.

City officials were careful not to cast the weekend as a winter wonderland. Philadelphia is bracing for at least 18 inches of snow, according to forecasts, and is under a blizzard warning beginning Friday night and continuing through Sunday morning. The storm could also include wind gusts of between 25 mph and 45 mph, which could down trees that could hit power lines.

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11:50 a.m.

Snow could start falling in time for the evening rush in Philadelphia and other parts of southeastern Pennsylvania, but blizzard conditions aren’t expected until later Friday.

The National Weather Service says it’s possible for the storm to move in around 5 p.m., and a blizzard warning is in place for Philadelphia and its suburbs from 7 p.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Sunday.

The agency says high winds of up to 30 mph, with gusts of 40 mph, could cause whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Downed power lines and trees could cause widespread outages.

The looming storm has led officials to plan mass transit and airport shutdowns in Philadelphia on Saturday.

A blizzard menacing the eastern United States started dumping snow in Virginia, Tennessee and other parts of the South on Friday as millions of people in the storm’s path hunkered down.

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11:35 a.m.

Roman Catholics in some parts of eastern Pennsylvania have the blessing of church officials to miss Mass during this weekend’s expected winter storm.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Diocese of Harrisburg are telling parishioners not to risk dangerous conditions in an effort to get to church on time.

In statements released Friday, officials say it’s acceptable to instead watch mass on TV and read the Bible if the snowstorm makes travel unsafe.

They say pastors will try as much as possible to maintain a regular Mass schedule for those able to attend.

The National Weather Service on Friday issued a blizzard warning for Philadelphia and its northern suburbs. It’s part of a storm menacing much of the East Coast.

Snow is expected to start falling after 7 p.m. Friday and won’t slow down until Sunday around 10 a.m. As much as 18 inches could fall around Philadelphia.

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10:25 a.m.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority says it’s suspending almost all service around Philadelphia starting at 4 a.m. Saturday as a major snowstorm heads toward the state.

SEPTA’s General Manager Jeffrey Knueppel says the Broad Street and Market-Frankford subways will continue to run, but depending on conditions they might only operate underground. He says paratransit operations will service dialysis patients only during that time.

The agency hopes to resume service Sunday morning but downed trees and other damage will determine how quickly things move.

Knueppel says the issue isn’t as much about snowfall as it is about damaged overhead wires.

SEPTA urges riders to check the agency’s website (https://www.septa.org/) and Twitter feed (https://bit.ly/1QjfuJ2) for updates.

The National Weather Service on Friday issued a blizzard warning for Philadelphia and its northern suburbs. It’s part of a storm menacing much of the East Coast.

Snow is expected to start falling after 7 p.m. Friday and won’t slow down until Sunday around 10 a.m. As much as 18 inches could fall around Philadelphia.

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9:30 a.m.

The snow hasn’t started falling yet, but flights are already delayed at Philadelphia International Airport ahead of the major winter storm swirling toward Pennsylvania.

According to the website Flightaware.com, departing flights are delayed by as much as 30 minutes at the airport. Travelers can expect those delays to get longer later in the day.

Earlier Friday, an airport spokeswoman announced that all flights into and out of the airport are cancelled for Saturday, when the blizzard conditions are expected to be in full swing.

The National Weather Service on Friday issued a blizzard warning for Philadelphia and its northern suburbs.

Snow is expected to start falling after 7 p.m. Friday and won’t slow down until Sunday around 10 a.m. As much as 18 inches could fall around Philadelphia.

A blizzard menacing the eastern United States started dumping snow in Virginia, Tennessee and other parts of the South on Friday as millions of people in the storm’s path hunkered down.

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8:32 a.m.

The major storm swirling toward Pennsylvania is already leading to travel disruptions.

All flights into and out of Philadelphia International Airport have been cancelled for Saturday, when the blizzard conditions are expected to be in full swing.

Airport spokeswoman Diane Gerace says airlines are being proactive ahead of the expected storm and decided to cancel all flights.

She says airlines hope to resume flights on Sunday, but travelers should check with their carriers to get detailed information.

The National Weather Service on Friday issued a blizzard warning for Philadelphia and its northern suburbs.

Snow is expected to start falling after 7 p.m. Friday and won’t slow down until Sunday around 10 a.m. As much as 18 inches could fall around Philadelphia, and two feet is possible for inland places like Gettysburg.

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7:45 a.m.

A blizzard warning is now in effect for southeastern Pennsylvania as a major winter storm drifts toward the state.

The National Weather Service on Friday issued a blizzard warning for Philadelphia and its northern suburbs.

Snow is expected to start falling after 7 p.m. Friday and won’t slow down until Sunday around 10 a.m.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, which allows authorities to respond quickly to any problems.

Over 12 inches are expected in the southern half of the state, with the Gettysburg area and southeastern Pennsylvania likely to see the most snow.

Amtrak’s Keystone Service between Harrisburg and New York will have a modified schedule with fewer trains.

Meanwhile, utility crews are dealing with a major water main break in Pittsburgh’s Banksville neighborhood.

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