Storm dumps up to eight inches of snow
A Nor'easter dumped up to eight inches of snow on the region Thursday, creating headaches for motorists traveling on Route 54 between Strong and Danville. The snow began shortly after midnight and continued through the morning hours, falling heavily at times. A quick burst of snow was also anticipated to hit the region Thursday evening.
Trouble began about 10 a.m. Thursday when Route 54, from Penn Avenue in Elysburg to two miles south to Kaboodle Road in Rush township, was closed after a tractor-trailer became stuck on a hill near Kaboodle Road. Shortly after PennDOT announced at about 11 a.m. the highway had reopened, emergency responders requested Route 54 at the opposite end of Elysburg be shut down when a tractor-trailer jackknifed near Quarry Road. Around the same time, police closed a section of Route 54 at Route 61 in Strong because of road conditions on the Natalie Mountain. Route 54 from Elysburg to Strong reopened at about 1 p.m., according to Northumberland County 911 Center.
State highways were cleared of snow by early afternoon; however, most secondary and tertiary roads were still snow covered.
Official snow amounts reported by 6 p.m. Thursday to the National Weather Service (NWS) were 8.3 inches in Harrisburg; 9.4 in Philadelphia, and 13.5 in Allentown. Another burst of snow accumulating to around 1 to 3 inches was expected Thursday evening, according to NWS meteorologist Kevin Fitzgerald.
The forecast for today is for sunny skies and a high of 35 degrees. Today's weather will be quite tranquil before another system impacts the area late tonight into Saturday morning. Fitzgerald said a weaker system will pass to the south of the state, bringing about an inch of snow. A relief in the cold and snowy weather may arrive late next week when high temperatures are expected to be near or slightly above 50 degrees.