A blanket of snow and freezing cold temperatures have settled into the Wyoming Valley.
Snow plows were active on Interstate 81 and Route 309. Roadways had a good amount of snow and slush on them, slowing traffic down. By about 7:30 a.m., the snow had stopped for the most part aside from a few flurries.
The temperature in Wilkes-Barre as of 7:43 a.m. was 4 degrees. With the wind chill factored in, it felt like a biting -16 degrees. As a result of the biting cold and snowfall, many local school districts are either under delays or are closed altogether.
The National Weather Service predicts scattered snow showers before 9 a.m., followed by blowing snow and a slight chance of snow between 9 a.m. and noon. Blowing snow is expected after noon, with a high near 11 degrees. Winds of up to 18 miles per hour could make the temperature feel like -11 degrees.
Mostly clear skies are expected tonight, but the frigid cold will keep its grip. A low of -1 is predicted, with the wind chill making it feel like -10 degrees. Clear weather is also expected Saturday and into Saturday night, with a high of 27 and low of 16 degrees.
Rain and more snow are expected as the weekend draws to a close. The National Weather Service predicts snow before 1 p.m. on Sunday, then a mixture of rain and snow in the afternoon hours. Between a tenth and a quarter of an inch of new precipitation is possible on Sunday. Sunday’s high will be near 37. Snow and freezing rain is expected on Sunday night, eventually turning to snow after 1 a.m. A half to three quarters of an inch of new precipitation is expected. Sunday’s low is expected to be around 30 degrees.
Be sure to check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/timesleader and let us know what you’re seeing in the wake of the storm. The Times Leader staff would like to remind everyone to be safe on their morning commute.