Snow makes messy morning commute
Punxsutawney Phil and Pocono's Sammi were dead on when they forecast six more weeks of winter on Sunday.
The area woke up this morning to a blanket of snow, tricky morning commutes and another snow day for students.
In Nesquehoning, two inches were on the ground by 6 a.m., and roads were snow-covered. At the TIMES NEWS in Mahoning Township, three inches were on the sidewalks at 11 a.m.
The storm is expected to taper off later this afternoon.
According to the National Weather Service winter weather advisory, snow accumulations may be around 3-6 inches with temperatures in the upper 20s or low 30s.
Schools closed again
Schools will be forced to make up yet another snow day.
Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Carbon County Head Start, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Marian, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh, Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Palmerton, Panther Valley, Pleasant Valley, SS. Peter and Paul, St. John Neumann, St. Joseph Regional, St. Jerome's Regional, Tamaqua, Weatherly schools are all closed today.
Roads were treacherous early as municipal plows and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation crews were trying to keep up with the snow.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike is currently operating under a weather emergency and speed limits have been reduced to 45 mph until the snow ends.
Interstates 78 and 176; as well as U.S. 22 and 422 and Pennsylvania Routes 33 and 309 in Berks, Lehigh, Northampton and Monroe counties are all under a weather emergency and PennDOT has reduced speed limits to 45 MPH.
PennDOT urges residents to stay off the roads if possible, but if you must be out, allow plenty of travel time between destinations, and plenty of space between vehicles, especially near plow trucks.
According to a number of posts on the TIMES NEWS Facebook site, roads were "awful," and "horrid" this morning.
Some fender benders and crashes were also reported in the area this morning.
Traffic was stopped as a tractor-trailer overturned on Route 209 in the Packerton Dip, between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe.
One occurred along the Trachsville Hill on Route 209 in Towamensing Township; while another occurred in the Packerton Dip section of Mahoning Township.
A localized power outage of five residences in East Penn Township in Carbon was reported on the PPL Electric website. According to scanner reports, a transformer caught fire on Ziegler Road in the township and caused the outage.
A wintry week ahead
The rest of the week is following an active winter pattern.
Residents should brace themselves for another headache Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
According to AccuWeather, snow is expected to start around 10 p.m. Tuesday, and change over to sleet overnight. Around 7 a.m. Wednesday, the storm is expected change over to freezing rain before tapering off to flurries by late morning.
The National Weather Service adds that rain and snow may fall after 1 p.m. Wednesday.
A total of 4 to 8 inches of snow is expected during the duration of this storm.
Thursday and Friday will be partly sunny, with temperatures near 30.
Meteorologists are eyeing the possibility of yet another storm this upcoming weekend, but no details on when it will hit, or how much is expected, has been determined to date.