Students in many area schools got another early Christmas present today in the form of a second snow day.
All school districts in Carbon County, as well as Pleasant Valley School District in Monroe were closed as of 6:30 this morning, while Tamaqua Area closed its elementary schools and will be dismissing the middle school and high school at 10:30 a.m.
Palmerton's school board meeting has also already been postponed until Dec. 17; and Our Lady of The Angels Academy in Lansford has postponed its Christmas performance, which was slated for today at 12:45 p.m., in St. Katharine Drexel Church, Lansford. The play will now take place on Thursday at the same time..
The reason for a second snow day is because weather services are forecasting yet another round of snow today.
According to the National Weather Service, the area is in a winter weather advisory for "heavy snowfall" until 5 p.m.
Totals are expected to be between two and four inches, pending on location.
PennDOT crews are prepared for the upcoming snow event and will be out in force throughout the day.
According to Ron Young, district press officer, in a press release this morning, PennDOT has temporarily reduced the speed limits on U.S. 22 in Lehigh and Northampton counties between Interstate 78 and approximately 25th Street; Pa. Route 33 in Northampton County between Interstate 78 and the Monroe County line; and Interstate 78 in Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties between exits 10 and 75.
PennDOT also urges motorists to avoid all unnecessary travel today to help crews keep the roads passable and treated during the storm.
Organizations postponing events for today, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to report the new date and we will post it online and include what we can in the print edition.