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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Storm blankets area

  • Wayne County residents woke up Tuesday morning to another blanket of snow.
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  • — Wayne County residents woke up Tuesday morning to another blanket of snow.
    Generally, snowfall amounts were four to five inches across the region, however, snow was continuing to fall on Tuesday morning.
    The National Weather Service said that additional show was expected to move out of the area by around noon on Tuesday and head into upper New England, where blizzard conditions were forecast.
    In this region, another major issue on Tuesday morning was ice. Many residents found their car windows covered in a thin layer of ice.
    Forecasters had said the snow would turn into rain overnight, however, that was not the case. Some sleet and hail fell on Tuesday morning, but it was mainly wet snow which blanketed the Wayne County area.
    The storm, dubbed Winter Storm Ukko by The Weather Channel, forced the cancelation of area schools on Tuesday. Wayne Highlands, Western Wayne and Wallenpaupack districts were all closed for the day.
    Lackawanna College in Hawley started classes late and many area day care centers opened later in the morning.
    According to the National Weather Service, snowfall totals were around four inches.
    Pleasant Mount reported four inches, there was three inches officially reported at Prompton State Park dam as of around noon on Tuesday. A little more snowfall was expected to increase that total.
    Honesdale weather observers reported around four inches of white stuff and 4.1 inches was reported in Equinunk.
    A little more snowfall was reported in the New York area of this region. Neversink reported about five inches of snow and White Lake had around four inches.
    A little farther north, the totals were much greater. Some areas reported more than six inches of snow by Tuesday morning with heavy snow continuing to fall.
    Page 2 of 2 - Some weather forecasters had predicted that warming temperatures would melt the snow more quickly, but that was not the case. PennDOT crews were still out on Tuesday plowing roads.
    A tractor-trailer was reportedly broke down in the Bethany area which caused some travel delays. Several minor accidents were also reported around the region.
    As for the forecast, the temperatures are not expected to climb very much, meaning the snow could stick around for a while.
    Today, officially the first day of spring, the temperature is expected to be around 35 degrees with a low tonight of 16. Thursday is even colder, with the National Weather Service predicting a high of just 32 and a low of 20. Scattered light snow is also predicted, some of it the result of a system moving across the Great Lakes.
    Friday and Saturday are expected to be a bit warmer, with temperatures around 38 degrees but the low will continue to be in the 20s. Partly cloudy conditions are expected this weekend.

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