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  • Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Doreen Miller of Summit Hill removes about four inches of snow from her car before leaving for work this morning.
    Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Doreen Miller of Summit Hill removes about four inches of snow from her car before leaving for work this morning.
Published March 23. 2011 05:00PM

Doreen Miller of East Hazard Street in Summit Hill was a little nervous about driving to work today.

"I have to get there, I work in a hospital," she said as she brushed about four inches of snow off her compact car.

Miller, like most drivers, likely had no trouble getting there. Locally, road crews for the most part managed to keep the streets in fairly good condition.

Unlike Monday's precipitation, which closed the Mansion House Hill (Route 209) in Jim Thorpe for several hours and resulted in numerous accidents, there were few incidents reported locally today.

One accident was reported on Plains Road in Banks Township shortly before 8 a.m. There were no injuries.

It was enough snow to close most local schools. All the schools in Carbon County were shut down today. The Pleasant Valley School District was closed. So was Marian Catholic High School. Tamaqua, Northern Lehigh, and Northwestern were on two-hour delays.

This was some welcome we received to spring!

The weather since spring arrived is in stark contrast to the end of winter on Friday and Saturday which gave us temperatures in the 70s and clear skies to view the glorious full moon.

One of the reasons schools closed is because of the prediction of several more inches of snow possible today.

The National Weather Service, on its Web site, has a winter storm warning issued stating eight to 12 inches of total snow is possible from the current weather system.

In Summit Hill, about four inches was measured before 7 a.m., while the Lehighton and Jim Thorpe areas received an estimated two inches.

One Wilkes-Barre TV meteorologist was upset this morning that he had been wrong on his prediction of one-to-four inches of snow. He had eight inches in his backyard at 6 o'clock.

According to the National Weather Service, up to eight inches of snow is expected on the Pocono Plateau before the storm which will have on and off precipitation ends Thursday morning.

Locally, amounts could vary. If rain or freezing rain injects itself into the precipitation, there would be less snow accumulation.

Dry weather is expected on Friday, but there's a chance for more rain or snow on Saturday.

The precipitation could last all day Saturday, forecasters say.

Although it is too far away to make any definite prediction, the National Weather Service said their computers are leaning to more snow on Tuesday.

Temperatures are not expect to rise above 40 until at least next week.

Because of the snow, PennDOT reduced the speed limit this morning on two interstate highways: Interstate 80 in Carbon and Monroe counties and Interstate 380 in Monroe County.

On the interstates in the northern part of the state, there were reports of trucks and cars getting stuck because of the high accumulation of snow.

Snow is not unusual in the spring.

Back on April 6, 1982, a foot of snow covered the region.

On March 20, 1958, the first day of spring, the Panther Valley-Carbon County area was blanketed with a whopping 21-inch snowfall. This area was lucky. Parts of the southeastern part of the state got hit with 36 inches of snow.

One of the latest snowstorms in our region occurred April 16, 2007 when 10 inches of snow fell locally from a northeaster, while Philadelphia got socked with 20 inches.

On the other hand, the record high for this day in Allentown was 75 degrees in 1929 before global warming was part of our vocabulary.

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