The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

December 15, 2013

Piling on: Monday night storm expected to add 1-3 inches of snow

STATE COLLEGE — Another one to three inches of snow is expected to fall in the Susquehanna Valley between Monday night and Tuesday morning.

“It looks like we’ll have another system to deal with,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Dave Samuhel. “It will be a real fluffy snow. This snow (on Saturday) was kind of dense.”

Samuhel did not expect sleet or freezing rain to mix with the coming snow, so it should be less icy than it was this past weekend. After that, though, he anticipates the weather will be dry from Tuesday almost into Friday.

This weekend, the whole state saw an average of three to six inches of snowfall, with just about every county receiving snow. “It was a pretty widespread storm,” Samuhel said.

Out of the Valley communities whose snowfall AccuWeather reported, Williamsport had the most with 8.6 inches. Mifflinburg had 6.3 inches, Lewisburg had 5.5 inches, Sunbury recorded 4.7 inches and Selinsgrove reported 5 inches.

Areas further north and in the mountains tended to get more snow, while more southern communities received more sleet and freezing rain, according to Samuhel. One of the highest reported amounts of snowfall in Pennsylvania came from Scranton, which had about 10 inches.

The high amount of snow this weekend isn’t anything unusual, though it may appear so due to the light winter the past few Decembers, Samuhel said. Temperatures have been slightly colder than the previous few years, though, with Selinsgrove specifically reporting 2.4 degrees below its normal temperature this time of year. “Pretty much the whole state is running colder than normal.”

State police from the Milton barracks reported several accidents along Interstate 80 during Saturday’s storm, with two involving tractor trailers. One, at around 1:30 p.m., occured when a trailer in the eastbound lane at around mile marker 50 hit a patch of ice and collided with a barrier. The truck spilled diesel fuel on the road, requiring a hazmat cleanup and the traffic to be detoured around the accident, according to Trooper Garrett Marvich.

The other tractor trailer accident happened when a trailer jackknifed in the westbound lane at mile marker 211, closing down the lane for some time. Trooper Marvich did not believe that people were hurt in either accident.

The Selinsgrove and Stonington barracks reported fewer accidents, saying that nothing major occurred in their regions during the storm.

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