The winter storm is beginning to impact the Wyoming Valley.
The snow was just beginning by about 6:30 a.m. A few flakes trickled to the ground, but it was not enough to cover the wet roadways. The snowfall quickened by 8 a.m., covering the sidewalks of Public Square and making a mess of the roadways.
Most school districts in Luzerne County have closed as a result of the storm. Buses for the Luzerne County Public Transportation Authority are operating on snow routes, and several interstates in the region have placed under speed and vehicular restrictions.
Luzerne County remains under a winter storm warning until 10 a.m. on Friday. Other counties include Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike and Wayne. Anywhere from 8 to 12 inches of snow are expected, with the greatest amounts expected in Pike County in Pennsylvania and Sullivan County in New York.
In the warning description, the National Weather Service stated that snowfall could be heavy at times and fall at rates of on inch per hour.
The snowfall is expected to fall throughout most of today. Around 4 inches of snow are expected, with a high near 30 degrees. The snow will continue to fall tonight before 5 a.m., with an additional 4 inches possible. The low will drop to the mid 20s.
The snow will taper off late tonight and give way to partly sunny skies tomorrow. The high will climb to the mid 30s, with less than a half inch of snow possible. There will be a chance of snow on Friday night after 8 p.m. with a low around 20 degrees. Little or no new snow accumulation is expected.
There will be a chance of snow showers on Saturday and Saturday night, with a high in the upper 20s and a low around 8 degrees. No snow accumulation predictions have been listed as of Thursday morning.
Mostly sunny skies are predicted for Sunday with a high in the lower 20s, followed by clear skies on Sunday night. The low will drop to -2 degrees.
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