Snowstorm slides south, taking big totals with it

Last updated: March 02. 2014 11:22PM - 2120 Views
By Jon O’Connell joconnell@civitasmedia.com

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The storm that some said last week was to drop more than a foot of snow on the northeast region missed our area only by a few counties.

“It was a razor’s-edge kind of call,” Tom Clark, WNEP-TV’s chief meteorologist, said Sunday.

The region’s weathermen took their best shot at predicting where a tightly banded storm system that originated off the coast of California would strike.

“I’ll give ourselves credit,” Clark said. “We were not even going close to a foot of snow. We had all our numbers down around 10 (inches) early on in the week.”

The National Weather Service predicted 1 to 3 inches accumulating overnight, but Clark said he would be surprised if more than an inch gathered during the storm.

The storm, dubbed Winter Storm Titan by the Weather Channel, is being pushed southward by several factors, including the Polar Vortex, arctic-chilled air that continues to swirl high above many eastern states.

As a precaution, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission began operating under a winter-weather warning Sunday afternoon on all of the state’s toll roads.

Municipal officials took extra safety measures, too. Exeter and Wyoming boroughs have banned parking along Wyoming Avenue. And in Wyoming, officials have restricted parking to street’s odd-numbered sides to assist snow removal.

These parking restrictions are to be lifted by 8 this morning.

Clark predicted clearing skies and sunshine by this afternoon, though bitter cold is expected to continue, at least for a few more days.

“You know the sun is so strong now. Once we get it out this time of year, it’s gonna warm up,” Clark said. But the persistent wind from the north is keeping temperatures well below average, he said.

The average temperature this time of year is 41 degrees.

“We won’t even be close to that over the next couple days,” Clark said.

He was not sure of the record, but Clark said the area could be poised to break a low-temperature record Tuesday when the mercury’s expected to sink below 2 degrees.

Clark advised that he is tracking a storm from the south that could bring a weather event later in the week.

“But the odds favor it missing us,” Clark said.

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