Last updated: March 16. 2013 9:23PM - 541 Views
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While New Englanders and New Yorkers are preparing for 1 to 2 feet of snow and blizzard conditions on Friday, Luzerne County will see much less severe weather and a lot less snow – anywhere from 3 to 8 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS at Binghamton issued a winter storm warning that will be in effect today through 7 a.m. Saturday, calling heavy snow in our area a possibility but not a certainty. Earlier forecasts predicted 2 inches locally, but even so, the NWS said there was the potential for snow accumulations of 7 inches or more.

The latest NWS forecast Thursday night called for snow mainly after 3 p.m. today, accumulating to about an inch. Then, heavy snow is expected to fall tonight through about 4 a.m. Saturday, with new snow accumulation of around 6 inches for a total of 7 inches.

AccuWeather.com predicted 3 to 6 inches.

Some leftover snow from the tail end of the massive storm that will pummel New England and upstate New York could fall into late Saturday morning, ending as flurries. There is a 50/50 chance of snow on Saturday.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says its supplies and equipment are in good shape for the storm.

Temperatures today should reach a high of 36 degrees, with an overnight low around 20. Saturday should be a bit colder, with a high around 30 and an overnight low of around 8 degrees into Sunday morning, NWS said.

Winds today are expected to range between 7 to 13 mph. But if ice forms on power lines and trees and wind gusts lead to outages, PPL Electric Utilities spokeswoman Marth Herron said the company will be ready to respond.

PPL is activating the company's central Emergency Response Center this morning to coordinate systemwide preparations and response, and regional emergency response centers will have regular operating staff and support staff.

PPL also is alerting all storm response personnel to prepare for extended shifts and around-the-clock operations through Saturday, and is holding all contractors working on the system to be available for support.

The company also is calling up 100 utility workers from its Kentucky affiliates – Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities – to arrive this afternoon to assist in power restoration efforts, if needed, Herron said.

Customers are advised to contact PPL Electric Utilities if they lose service at 1-800-DIAL-PPL or 1-800-342-5775 or www.pplelectric.com/outage.

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