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  • ron gower/times news Robert Tracy, an employee of the TIMES NEWS in Mahoning Township, uses a snow blower to clean the sidewalks of nearly a half foot of snow that fell overnight.
    ron gower/times news Robert Tracy, an employee of the TIMES NEWS in Mahoning Township, uses a snow blower to clean the sidewalks of nearly a half foot of snow that fell overnight.
Published January 21. 2011 05:00PM

We haven't had any crippling snowstorms like Boston and some other cities received this winter.

Yet, snow piles keep getting larger.

Overnight, many areas had about six inches of snow to add on top of what hasn't melted from the three previous storms. And no melting is likely any time soon.

Schools were closed in Carbon County, while in Schuylkill County, schools were operating on a two-hour delay.

Hurry and get your driveways and sidewalks shoveled today, because coming tonight is a wicked blast of arctic air that will send wind chills below zero and harden the soft blanket of snow that fell last night.

By Monday morning, the actual temperatures - not just the wind chills - will be around the zero mark, say meteorologists.

Just when you think things should soon start getting better, think again.

Weather forecasters say another coastal storm could arrive next Wednesday or Thursday.

The snow started to fall last night around 6:30 p.m. and continued until about 5 a.m.

For early commuters, it made for some tough going. No major accidents were reported locally due to the weather.

Winds are expected to pick up today. With the snow being fluffy, it could mean some serious drifting later today.

Enjoying the winter we've been having are the regional ski resort operators.

Tomorrow, Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton holds a Mogul Challenge.

All local ski resorts report great skiing conditions.

Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist with AccuWeather, said, "The possibility of a major snowstorm hitting parts of the Midwest, South and Northeast next week exists, but the track and strength of the storm is not set in stone."

He adds that the high pressure system could impact the storm in one of two ways.

"The storm could successfully attack the high spreading heavy snow and potentially blizzard conditions northward into the Northeast," he said. "Another possibility is that a moderate to heavy snowfall/wintry mix escape through parts of Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas and then heads out to sea because the dry, cold air is deeply entrenched."

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