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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Mayor William Ravert has declared that Bowmanstown will be in snow emergency for the next week unless extended or rescinded by borough council.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.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

After 28 years in Harrisburg and two terms as the top dog in the state House, Speaker Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, will retire from politics at the end of the year.

Smith's decision to walk away from the game, which he announced on Tuesday, was surely a complicated one, couched in political calculations and personal feelings. He narrowly won re-election in 2012 against an upstart conservative opponent and was facing the same opponent in what was sure to be one of the most watched Republican primary battles of the year in Pennsylvania.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has awarded a $34.3 million contract to Trumbull Corporation, the low-bidder, for a design/build project to replace a mainline bridge (the Emerald Bridge) on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) located at milepost A68.53 in Washington Township, Lehigh County.

The bridge is located approximately 11 miles north of the Lehigh Valley Interchange (Exit 56) and seven miles south of the Mahoning Valley Interchange (Exit 74) and crosses over Main Street (State Route 4018) and Trout Creek in Washington Township.