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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a winter storm warning snow, sleet and some freezing rain, which is in effect from 11 pm this evening to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Snow accumuations of 6 to 10 inches are expected.
 
Snow will overspread the region late this evening and may fall heavy at times overnight, then continuing Wednesday. 

The snow though should mix with sleet wednesday with some areas   changing over to some freezing rain and sleet. 

Precipitation should taper off during Wednesday afternoon. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Members of the Family Promise of Carbon County (FPCC) fundraising team and other interested individuals met to work on invitations to this year's first funding event, an open house planned for Feb. 14 at the Lehighton home of Tina and John Dowd.

According to Larissa Kimmel founder of FPCC, "tax deductible donations from individuals make up 12 percent of our budget with the majority of individual donations using the '180 Club,' named for the fact that $180 will fund a family of four for one week in our program.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The name of a suspect in the murder of a Tamaqua woman has been published by a North Carolina newspaper.

The Kinston Free Press reported on its website that the Kinston police pulled over Angela (Serfass) Steigerwalt’s 2010 silver Buick LaCrosse on a report that it was stolen.

The car was driven by Anthony Darrell Heath, 24, of Allentown and he has been linked to the Steigerwalt’s death.

Monday, February 3, 2014
Angela Steigerwalt

A grisly murder scenario unfolded over the weekend as the burned body of a Tamaqua woman was discovered in shrubbery atop the Flagstaff Mountain.

The woman was identified by relatives as Angela (Serfass) Steigerwalt, 35, a lifelong resident of Tamaqua.

She reportedly was last seen by her family Friday night when she left for work at Kraft Foods in Fogelsville.

Her body was discovered just before 10 a.m. Saturday when the Jim Thorpe Fire Department was called to a brush fire atop the Flagstaff, and discovered the victim ablaze.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Route 209 in Packerton, Mahoning Township, was closed for a while Monday morning when a tractor-trailer jacknifed.

The closure was from the Mansion House Hill in Jim Thorpe to Lehighton. It was one of many accidents in the region caused by snow that began falling early Monday morning.

Several other crashes which had temporarily closed Route 209 in Franklin Township.

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Monday, February 3, 2014
fyi

An immunization clinic will be held in Carbon County. Vaccines will be available for uninsured and underinsured adults at the Gnaden Huetten Medical Office building in Lehighton. The clinic is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Call 570-325-6106 with any questions.

Monday, February 3, 2014
Snow makes messy morning commute

Punxsutawney Phil and Pocono's Sammi were dead on when they forecast six more weeks of winter on Sunday.

The area woke up this morning to a blanket of snow, tricky morning commutes and another snow day for students.

In Nesquehoning, two inches were on the ground by 6 a.m., and roads were snow-covered. At the TIMES NEWS in Mahoning Township, three inches were on the sidewalks at 11 a.m.

The storm is expected to taper off later this afternoon.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Pennsylvania Turnpike is operating under a Winter Weather Emergency with reduced speeds at 45 miles-per hours due to existing roadway conditions with poor visibility. Areas of snow covered roadways are being treated. All travelers are urged to reduce their speeds and keep alert for quickly changing weather conditions. The potential for snow and icing conditions exists and motorists should keep alert for quickly changing weather conditions and reduced visibility.

Monday, February 3, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Andrea Lewis, of Harleysville, takes part in the LUGE run Sunday during Winterfest at Blue Mountain Ski Resort.

People who crowded Blue Mountain Resort's Winterfest didn't have to step onto a football field for it to take on a Super Bowl type-feel.

Whether it was to go ski, tubing, or take part in the USA Luge Challenge, visitors flocked to the fourth annual event held this past weekend at the resort near Palmerton.

Gordy Sheer, United States Luge Association director of marketing and sponsorship, said the USA Luge Challenge is an important program.

"It's something very unique," Sheer said. "We don't have anything like this at any ski area in the U.S."

Monday, February 3, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Above, Schnogadahl Sammi I predicted six more weeks of winter Sunday at sunrise. She may be a stuffed groundhog, but she saw her shadow and channeled her prognostication to Harold Kreger, left, of Grundsau Lodge Nummer Sexa (Groundhop Lodge Number 6). Kreger gave the prognostication in Pennsylvania German, while Lodge Vice President Robert Andrews, center, translated for the crowd that gathered in back of Cherry's Sunset Family Restaurant, Kresgeville.