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Small storm, big headaches

Published February 20. 2013 05:09PM

What problems a little bit of snow can create!

Yesterday most areas got less than two inches of snow (although Summit Hill got 2.5 inches according to the National Weather Service) but it was enough to create driving havoc for awhile.

At one point, the Hometown Hill (Route 309) in the vicinity of the Taggertsville intersection was closed.

There were numerous accidents. An SUV rolled onto its side on Route 54 in Hauto, a pick-up truck crashed on Hillside Drive in Ryan Township, there were several accidents in West Penn Township, and a small bus slid into a ditch in East Penn Township. There were no injuries reported in most of the accidents.

The snow began falling shortly after 9 a.m. and while forecasters had predicted it would change to rain by afternoon, most regions north of the Lehigh Valley found themselves with a thick coating of white.

Snow continued to fall until about 3 p.m., then later rain and sleet fell in the evening except on top of the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning where another quick coating of snow covered the road (Route 93).

Back roads remained slippery overnight, but PennDOT crews kept the main roads pretty clear once the initial burst of precipitation passed.

Snow fall totals yesterday were 1.8 inches in Slatington and 1.3 inches in New Tripoli.

While snow shouldn't be a problem tomorrow, it's going to get bitter cold. Make sure your youngsters have adequate clothing if they walk home from school or a bus stop.

The National Weather Service says the high temperature during the day tomorrow will be close to 30, but winds of 15-21 miles per hour could create wind chills as low as minus-3.

The next chance of precipitation is Friday and Saturday, with snow possible on Friday and Friday night, then rain and snow anticipated Saturday. The meteorologists say it is still too early to tell how much snow we'll receive on Friday.

By the way, spring arrives exactly one month from today.

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