PHILADELPHIA — City offices and schools around Philadelphia will be closed in an effort to keep drivers off icy roads as bone-chilling temperatures move in on the heels of a blustery snow storm.

Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis says government offices will be closed Friday in an effort to keep people at home. Philadelphia’s public and parochial schools will also be closed.

The National Weather Service says Friday’s high will be 15 degrees with wind chill values dropping as low as -6 degrees. Wind gusts could whip as high as 37 miles per hour.

On Thursday, about 3 ½ inches was measured in Center City, part of the winter storm that’s blanketed the East Coast.

SEPTA will operate on a Saturday schedule on Friday, or at about 75 percent of weekday capacity.

Blowing snow and low temperatures created travel troubles throughout Thursday.

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