Another winter blast leaves up to 4 inches of snow

Times Leader Staff | February 7th, 2018 7:55 pm - updated: 2:02 pm.

A combination of snow, rain, and sleet made for some nasty weather and challenging driving conditions Wednesday. Luzerne County received a total of 2.4 to 4 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

Joanne LaBounty, a meteorologist with NWS, said the mixed precipitation the storm brought just “added to the difficulty” for drivers. The treacherous road conditions closed most local schools and many businesses.

In a news release, PennDOT announced that speed limits were reduced Wednesday morning to 45 mph on all interstates in the region. However, as of 2 p.m. — when it was warm enough for rain to be falling in many places — all speeds were restored to their usual posted limits with the exception of Interstate 84.

On the bright side, the storm has moved out of the area and it will have no impact on Thursday’s weather. The forecast for Thursday says it will be partly sunny with a high of 27 for the Wyoming Valley. Locals who will be traveling to Philadelphia to attend the Eagles Super Bowl victory parade can expect sunny weather with a high of 35.

Madison Gimble, 6, pulls younger sister Major Gimble, 3, at their Kingston home during some sledding fun Wednesday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_TTL020818Snow3AD-2.jpgMadison Gimble, 6, pulls younger sister Major Gimble, 3, at their Kingston home during some sledding fun Wednesday. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Madison Gimble, 6, eats some snow outside her Kingston home on Wednesday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_TTL020818Snow2AD-2.jpgMadison Gimble, 6, eats some snow outside her Kingston home on Wednesday. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Tyler and Zachary Smith, of West Wyoming, help their grandfather clear his walkways at his Carey Avenue home in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. The twins celebrated their 8th birthday on the snowday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_TTL020818Snow1AD-2.jpgTyler and Zachary Smith, of West Wyoming, help their grandfather clear his walkways at his Carey Avenue home in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. The twins celebrated their 8th birthday on the snowday. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Taking advantage of cancelled classes, Wilkes University students Tyler Deters, 18, Shayne Potrafke, 19, and Zachary Claussen, 18, sled in Kirby Park during Wednesday’s snowstorm.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_TTL020818Snow4-2.jpgTaking advantage of cancelled classes, Wilkes University students Tyler Deters, 18, Shayne Potrafke, 19, and Zachary Claussen, 18, sled in Kirby Park during Wednesday’s snowstorm. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
A Wilkes-Barre city employee plows Public Square during Wednesday’s storm that dumped 2.4 to 4 inches of snow by mid-afternoon. The storm also included a lot of rain, which reduced accumulation amounts.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_TTL020818Snow1-2.jpgA Wilkes-Barre city employee plows Public Square during Wednesday’s storm that dumped 2.4 to 4 inches of snow by mid-afternoon. The storm also included a lot of rain, which reduced accumulation amounts. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Aubrey Nighbert, 8, heads down a hill at the Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center in Pringle while her brother Nico Hogan, 3, looks on during Wednesday’s snowstorm.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_TTL020818Snow4AD-2.jpgAubrey Nighbert, 8, heads down a hill at the Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center in Pringle while her brother Nico Hogan, 3, looks on during Wednesday’s snowstorm. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

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