We got over a half foot of snow Saturday
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Snow flies as Colin Jacobs, 12, from Jim Thorpe, hits the bottom of the hill while sledding in Jim Thorpe Sunday afternoon.
Saturday's snowstorm dumped over a half foot of snow throughout the region, and was complemented with a coating of freezing rain. Some areas were hit with a foot of snow.
The snow fell on an already iced surface, making for difficult footing while shoveling the heavy accumulation.
Even before your boots and hats have completely dried, you might have to use them again.
The National Weather Service is calling for several inches of snow to fall Tuesday afternoon and evening, ending Wednesday morning.
And winter doesn't officially arrive until Saturday.
The early predictions are varied as the Christmas wrapping paper on the shelves.
The National Weather Service expects 2-4 inches of snow Tuesday, beginning at daybreak. One TV forecaster, however, said there could be as much as five or six inches of snow locally. Accuweather is calling for just 1-3 inches.
Because the recent snow hit on the weekend instead of a weekday when communters had to be on the road, there were few problems reported from the Saturday snowstorm.
It did force the cancellation of Santa's arrival by helicopter in Summit Hill. Because of the heavy snow, Santa arrived by fire truck for the "Christmas on the Hill" program, sponsored by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission.
It didn't halt a concert Saturday night at Penn's Peak in Penn Forest Township where "Christmas With the Celts" was held. Several hundred people defied the deplorable weather conditions and attended the two-hour performance that featured Celtic pop rock original songs.
The snowfall totals from the storm included:
• Tobyhanna, 12 inches.
• Albrightsville, 10 inches.
• Kresgeville, 10 inches.
• Summit Hill, 9 inches.
• Slatington, 7.5 inches.
• Saylorsburg, 7.3 inches.
• New Tripoli, 5.6 inches.
• Tamaqua, 5.3 inches.
The snow Tuesday is anticipated shortly after daybreak. Accuweather, based at State College, says the heaviest is expected in the morning, tapering off to snow showers in the afternoon and evening.