People who wished for a white Christmas got a double blast of Jack Frost this week.
As children woke up to see if Santa Claus visited their home Tuesday morning, parents were waking up to a few inches of fresh powder on the ground that they had to shovel.
But Monday night's storm was only the beginning of the wild winter weather yet to come.
That storm was followed by a mess of winter weather yesterday, as Winter Storm Euclid spun through the Midwest and Northeast, dropping a sloppy mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain as it passed.
In Carbon County, an average of two to five inches of snow, covered by a layer of sleet and light freezing rain blanketed the area, causing travel headaches with road closures, rollover accidents and speed reductions during afternoon rush hour.
Lake Harmony and Albrightsville both reported 4.5 inches of snow; while Summit Hill and Lehighton reported two inches.
In Nesquehoning, where three inches of snow fell, the bottom of Route 93 was closed for a few hours yesterday afternoon for treacherous driving conditions on the Broad Mountain hill.
Rollovers were reported in Franklin Township along Indian Hill and Red Hill roads; and Penn Forest Township along Maury Road near Penn's Peak.
One East Penn Township woman had to be rescued from her vehicle after it slid off snow-covered Route 895 at the intersection of Lizard Creek and Lauchnor roads around 2 p.m., and into a water-filled ditch. Rescuers had to use a ladder to help get the woman out of the wreckage, which came to rest on its passenger side.
The storm began shortly after noon in the form of snow, dropping enough to cover roadways and make for slippery traveling conditions.
By 2 p.m., many motorists could be seen crawling up and down major highways at speeds of no more than 30 mph.
At 3:53 p.m., PennDOT announced that it was reducing speed limits on Interstates 78, 80, 81, 176, and 380; US 22 and 422; and PA 33 and 309 because of deteriorating road conditions.
Ron Young Jr., district press officer, urged everyone that did not need to travel to stay off the roads so PennDOT crews could treat and clear roadways more easily.
By 5:45 p.m., the speed limits were restored on the above-mentioned highways, as PennDOT crews continued to treat roadways throughout Carbon, Monroe, Northampton and Schuylkill counties.
The storm began to subside around 5 p.m., slowing to only a slight drizzle of frozen precipitation for a while before changing to sleet and freezing rain. Wind gusts up to 40 MPH were also reported in the evening hours. No major power outages were reported in the area by PPL Electric.
This morning's commute was also a travel headache for many as light snow and slippery spots were reported throughout the area as temperatures hovered just above freezing.
Winter Storm Euclid has been causing major headaches across the nation over the last few days as it dropped six feet of snow in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains Saturday and Sunday before moving through the Rockies and into the South, where it brought blizzard conditions to parts of Oklahoma and North Texas. The massive storm then turned northward, moving through the Midwest, Ohio Valley and into the Northeast.
Today, snow is forecast throughout the New England States in amounts of up to more than a foot before Euclid finishes its snowy journey.
But this isn't the end of the wild winter weather yet for the Northeast.
Meteorologists at the Weather Channel and National Weather Service are both forecasting more snow will drop over the weekend with temperatures hovering in the low 30s.
No definite figures as to how much we will see have been announced as the storm track has yet to be defined. Computer models are saying that this storm has the potential to drop over four inches of snow as it moves from the northwest, into Pennsylvania. This time though, the path may target closer to the coast, including Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.
Following that storm, a calmer, colder weather pattern will form, causing mostly cloudy conditions with highs in the mid-20s.