The overnight winter storm transformed the Wyoming Valley into a winter wonderland and a nightmare for motorists.
Roadways were covered in the early morning hours, with the snow eventually tapering off by daybreak. Last night’s snowfall was enough to force local bus companies to operate on snow routes, as well as flights at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport to be delayed or cancelled altogether.
The storm also resulted in PennDOT restricting speed limits to 45 miles per hour on interstates across Pennsylvania — locally, that includes Interstate 81 and Interstate 80. The Pennsylvania Turnpike is also operating under a Weather Emergency, restricting speed limits to 45 miles per hour.
Commercial vehicles pulling double trailers, as well as empty tractor-trailers throughout the Turnpike system, are banned from using the Turnpike until further notice.
Every school district in Luzerne County was closed today. Wilkes and Kings Colleges were also closed, along with the Luzerne County Community College and the University of Scranton.
The area will remain under a winter storm warning until 7 p.m. this evening. The National Weather Service predicts that freezing rain and sleet are possible before 3 p.m., then snow showers between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Drizzle and flurries are possible in the late afternoon hours. Today’s high will be in the lower 30s. Less than a half an inch of ice accumulation is possible, and an inch of daytime snow and sleet accumulation is also possible.
Scattered flurries are expected tonight before 1 a.m., followed by gradual clearing in the overnight hours. The low will drop to the mid teens.
Mostly sunny skies are expected tomorrow, with a high only in the upper 20s. Partly cloudy skies are expected tomorrow night, with a low around 8 degrees — the wind chill will make it feel like -2 degrees.
Mostly sunny skies are expected once again on Friday, followed by partly cloudy skies on Friday night. Friday’s high will only climb to the mid 20s, followed by a low around 8 degrees on Friday night.
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