By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item
A wide storm that trudged across the Valley on Thursday buried some Valley towns with nearly 12 inches of snow, bringing the season’s total accumulation to 15 inches above average, and gave Valley students yet another day off from school.
After a lull for a few hours Thursday afternoon, when 7 inches of snow had already blanketed the Valley, a second wave moved in from the southwest at night, adding 3 to 6 inches that covered roads that had been cleared during the day.
Normal snow accumulation through Feb. 13 in the Valley is about 18.9 inches, said John Feerick, a meteorologist from AccuWeather, State College. With the expected foot of snow Thursday, this season’s total would stand at more than 34 inches.
“Really, after the last few winters, I was getting used to mild, but cold, Januarys and Februarys,” said Pamela Rucker, who had just finished shoveling 6 inches of snow off her front walkway in Milton. “I’m not liking this at all. When I was a kid growing up in Lewisburg, we had rough winters, something like this.”
Her daughter, Catherine Rucker, 4, and her dog, Willie, took equal pleasure in romping through the snow and diving into drifts Thursday afternoon. Then Pamela called her daughter and Willie inside because it was turning cold.
“OK,” she said with a smile. “Enough you two.”
William Shore, of Watsontown, is among the few who have not had enough of the wintry weather.
Shore on Thursday was driving along Milton streets, looking for snow cleaning work with his pickup truck with a plow mounted on the front.
He was enjoying the day and the extra work he was picking up, he said.
“Last year, it was kind of lean, you know?” he said. “This year, I have more homes than I can think of to do when it snows. So I can’t really complain. I love this snow. I’m sure not everyone agrees with me.”
Joseph Markel would not.
“The thing I hated the most about today’s storm is, I have a permit to do some work on a house in Northumberland and because of the bad weather I can’t do it until all this snow melts,” said Markel, a Milton handyman. “Last year, the weather was perfect and I didn’t have permits to work. I’ve had enough of this crappy winter.”
Which will continue today, Feerick said.
“We’ll have more snow Friday night, Saturday, but only a minimal amount, 1 to 2 inches,” he said.
Thursday’s blast “was a part of one huge winter storm system that stretched from North Carolina to Maine,” Feerick said.
Temperatures are expected to rise today and Saturday, perhaps topping 32 degrees, “which should allow for some melting,” Feerick said. “But not much.”