Mix creating 'dangerous situation'
While overnight snow has turned to rain in the greater Shamokin area as of about 8 a.m., the National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting a mixture of sleet and freezing rain in the area through 9:30 a.m. that is creating “a dangerous situation.”
The latest NWS update at 4:38 a.m. said the mixture could create a significant ice accumulation that may make travel “impossible in some areas.”
“This is a dangerous situation. Delay travel if possible. State away from downed power lines,” NWS is reporting.
Several inches of snow fell overnight in the area, but it slowly changed to sleet and then mostly rain in lower elevations. Still, NWS was issuing its ice warning for Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill and 17 other counties. Montour is the northernmost of those affected.
The same four local counties remain under a winter storm warning until 4 p.m. today.
NWS was predicting snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches, although the overnight totals locally were only a few inches, some of the snow tamped down by rain.
Schools are closed in the region. Also, RabbitTransit is not making its runs in Northumberland County.