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Winter's grip holds on

Published March 19. 2013 05:02PM

It looked more like December than March yesterday as Winter Storm Ukko pushed through the area.

Snow began to spread throughout Carbon and Schuylkill counties shortly after 4 p.m.

By 5 p.m., roadways were covered and driving conditions began to get tricky in some areas, causing back ups and some temporary road closures until roadways could get cleared.

Summit Hill police reported that they responded to a few accidents within the borough's limits yesterday evening; and also noted that a number of cars got stuck and had to be abandoned for the night.

Nesquehoning police said there were only a couple of incidents in the early evening hours with reports of vehicles getting stuck throughout the borough due to the snow and a tractor trailer jackknifing on Route 93.

Jim Thorpe and Mahoning Township police both noted that there were no major problems to report during the storm.

In Schuylkill County, a number of accidents were reported during the storm, including a vehicle into a yard along East Broad Street, Tamaqua, knocking over a brick yard marker. A construction truck also overturned along Interstate 81 in Delano as a result of the slippery conditions.

It was also reported that a couple of tractor trailers were stuck on the Hometown Hill and the Vulcan in Barnesville.

By last night, snow totals varied throughout the region, with Summit Hill and Lake Harmony reporting six inches on the ground; Tresckow reporting five and a half inches; Bowmanstown, four inches; Albrightsville, three and a half inches; and Nesquehoning and Lehighton, just under three inches.

As the storm continued its trek through the Northeast overnight, and temperatures rose slightly to near freezing, many areas saw a changeover from snow to sleet and freezing rain, causing even more headaches for drivers as they prepared for their morning commutes today.

This morning, students in Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Carbon County Head Start, Educare/Weissport; as well as Lehighton, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh, Palmerton, Panther Valley, Tamaqua, and Weatherly school districts woke up to a two-hour delay. Pleasant Valley School District in Monroe County; as well as Jim Thorpe Area School District were closed.

Late morning snow showers; as well as periods of sleet and freezing rain in some areas were also reported throughout the morning hours.

The area may see a slight break in the winter action as it welcomes spring tomorrow, with mostly sunny conditions expected; but don't expect Jack Frost to slip into the background without a fight.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a chance of snow on Thursday and then again next Monday.

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