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Catching air while sledding in Clark Park. Sipping schnapps while walking up the Ben Franklin Parkway. Snapping pics of a frozen Swann Fountain. Creating makeshift sleds to slide down the Art Museum steps. Cozying up with hot toddies at Old City cafes.

Philadelphians were happily recalling these favorite snow day memories Wednesday as flakes came down hard.

After nearly three years without a major snowstorm, this one actually delivered on meteorologists’ predictions. Accumulation totals varied by neighborhood, but with 6.6 inches measured at PHL Airport, the snowfall clocked in as the largest for the city in at least 1,000 days.

Even though virtual school was still on, parents and kids managed to find some magical snowy fun. So did plenty of photographers, both amateur and pro.

Scroll down to check out some of the best Twitter photos of Philly streets in the first snowstorm of the season.

With 15,000 LEDs strung among the trees, Addison Street in Rittenhouse is always a good bet.

The solemn hush of a cemetery is deepened by snow.

Washington Square Park looking like a snow globe.

Just enough of a freeze to blanket the heavily-trafficked streets on South Broad.

Old City looking like a Hallmark card.

The Headhouse Shambles seem like they’re meant to be enjoyed on snowy evenings.

Any street looked magical, even one filled with boxy, new-style bay windows.

Festive lighting makes it even better.

Black and white works, too.


Imagine what it might look like without those tire tracks…


Glowup for the Kensington mask tree!

Resourceful sledders pushed together the snow on the Art Museum steps to make sure there was a good ramp.

And to all a good night.

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