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After the snow, commuters awake to ice-glazed roads

Published February 11. 2013 05:05PM

A mammoth snowstorm that dumped almost three feet of snow on the New England states and contributed to 11 deaths Friday into Saturday took a swipe at our region, leaving up to 9 inches of snow in some areas.

After spending a weekend shoveling out and cleaning off cars, people faced a treacherous commute this morning on ice-glazed roads.

Area schools started off with a two-hour delay, but all Carbon County schools, made the decision just before 8 a.m. to close for the day.

Rain began falling very early this morning, and, as the temperature dropped, turned to sleet and freezing rain, glazing roadways. While most major highways were wet with icy spots, back roads were treacherous.

The icy roads, coupled with patchy fog, resulted in some accidents.

But by about 8 a.m., the freezing rain and sleet gave way to rain.

The National Weather Service anticipates a high of 39 degrees today, dipping to 28 degrees tonight, then back up to 40 degrees tomorrow, with a slight chance of snow. That chance increases to 40 percent during the day on Wednesday, with temperatures hovering around 39 degrees during the day and 26 degrees, with a 70 percent chance of snow, at night. Thursday looks a little brighter, with the chance of snow dropping to 40 percent during the day, with an expected high of 38 degrees, and no snow at night, with a temperature of 26 degrees projected.

The reward for this weather week comes on Friday, with some sunshine and a high of 38 degrees.

The region is still digging out from Friday's snowfall.

According to the National Weather Service, nine inches of snow fell in Summit Hill; 8 1/2 inches in Weatherly; 7 1/2 inches in Lake Harmony; 6 1/2 in Jim Thorpe; 5.2 inches in Palmerton; 5 inches in Albrightsville and Lehighton; and 4.1 inches in Bowmanstown.

But our region took only a light slap compared to more northern states.

Winter storm Nemo pummeled the northeastern United States, causing the deaths of 11 people, and closing the Long Island Expressway for two days, stranding drivers in 2 1/2 feet of snow. Milford, Conn., was buried under 38 inches of snow. Nemo knocked out power to some 650,000 homes when ice-and snow encrusted lines fell. About half of those homes have had power restored.

An 11-year-old boy died of carbon monoxide poisoning in Boston as he waited in a running car.

Hurricane-force winds drifted the snow into small mountains, especially along the I-95 corridor from New York to Maine.

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