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Friday, February 14, 2014

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — Traffic accidents involving multiple tractor trailers and dozens of cars completely blocked one side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia on Friday and caused some injuries.

The crashes were reported just after 8 a.m., about five hours after a storm that dropped a foot of snow in the area finally moved out. Speed restrictions enacted during the storm had been lifted at 6 a.m., but motorists said the roadway was very slick at the time of the crash.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

It's not over.

The National Weather Service says we'll be getting rain, snow and freezing rain before 3am, then a chance of snow. Low around 24. Blustery, with a northwest wind 16 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Total nighttime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 32. West wind 13 to 17 mph

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A second round of snow will move through the area later tonight, dropping an additional accumulation as it moves north.

The second part of the system will be heavy at times and has the potential to drop an additional four to eight inches of snow before all is said and done Friday morning.

Most areas throughout the region received an average of six-and-a-half inches, with some places in the Poconos and outlying parts receiving nearly a foot. In Barnesville, 11 inches was recorded late this afternoon.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Winter is causing blood shortages to occur, Miller-Keystone Blood Center representatives report.
According to a letter sent out to previous donor from Deb Otto, director of donor resources for the center, the blood supply is extremely low and blood shortages are occurring.
Thursday didn't help the situation as the blood center was closed due to weather, making it the second time this week it was forced to close.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Area businesses and municipalities are closing because of the weather today. Closures are as follows:

Mauch Chunk Trust Company - all branches

FIrst Niagara Bank - Lehighton, Palmerton and Lansford branches

Dance with Kim School of Performing Arts - closed today and Friday

Steph's Styling Studio in Tamaqua

Lehighton Hobby Exchange

Trudy's Pooch Parlor in Lehighton

Pet Store Universe in Lehighton

The Driver's License Center in Lehighton

Carbon County courthouse and all county offices

Schuylkill County courthouse

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The snow is piling up quickly.
As of noon in Nesquehoning, six inches fell since the beginning of the storm. Six-and-a-half inches were reported in East Penn Township; seven-and-a-half fell in the Penn Forest area and seven inches were recorded in Coaldale.
According to motorists trying to get home from work around lunch time, some roads were dangerous while some were passable.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The roof of the EconoLodge in Kidder Township has partially collapsed from the weight of heavy, wet snow. Carbon County Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Nalesnik said.
Nalesnik was on his way to the scene at 12:40 p.m.
It was not known if there are any injuries. The hotel is being evacuated

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bowmanstown Mayor William Ravert has declared that Bowmanstown will be in snow emergency for the next week unless extended or rescinded by borough council.
Streets affected by the proclamation are (snow emergency routes):
* Lime Street to Ore Street, right turn on Ore Street to Mill Street, left on Mill Street to White Street.
* Lime Street to Ore Street to Fireline Road.
* Craig Street
* Lincoln Avenue
* Cedar Street
During the snow emergency, no cars should park on the snow emergency route until there are signs permitting parking.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

With everything going on today, we want to help you get the word out if something is canceled.
If a business or organization is cancelling an event, meeting, or closing for the day, please let us know. Municipalities issuing snow emergencies? We want that too.
We also want to see your winter photos to add to a winter photo gallery.
If you have anything you want to share, please email mgouger@tnonline.com or amiller@tnonline.com.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Allentown- PennDOT has lifted the temporary restriction on certain vehicles from traveling on Interstate 78 and Interstate 81 in east central Pennsylvania.

Due to the winter storm impacting the region, PennDOT temporarily restricted certain vehicles from using the interstates earlier today to help ensure that the interstates remained open during the most challenging conditions of the winter storm.