Brushing off the snow
People were cleaning off cars and shoveling snow Friday in the area as they cleaned up after the recent snowstorm.
In Canton, Brett Wesneski was enjoying the snow, which he thought was "cool."
He was hoping to go snowboarding.
For others, the snowy weather wasn't so pleasant.
A state police dispatcher Friday said that no major accidents were reported with all the snow, but there were quite a few single-vehicle, non-reportable crashes in which vehicles slid and went into banks or ditches.
Tioga Downs Casino, which closed Thursday due to the snowstorm, reopened Friday at noon, according to their Facebook page. As businesses started to reopen because snowfall dwindled down, a new chapter to the tale emerged Friday in the way of dangerously cold temperatures.
The National Weather Service reported subzero temperatures in Sayre as early as 5 p.m. on Friday, with wind chills expecting to reach as low as -25F. It issued a wind chill advisory expected to last until 9 a.m. Saturday, which predicted increasing winds overnight and dangerously low temperatures.
Today's forecast is sunny, with a high near 26 and wind chill values as low as -21. Sunday's forecast calls for a chance of freezing rain before noon, then a chance of sleet between noon and 1 p.m. Then, it's rain likely after 1 p.m.
The snow meant a lot of work to those tasked with cleaning up after Mother Nature.
By 2 p.m. Friday, the more frequently traveled Valley roads were beginning to show some asphalt beneath the snow, while less trafficked throughways were still completely white.
Wyalusing Township performed heavy snow plowing during the day Friday, as they reported on Thursday they would wait for more snowfall before undertaking heavy operations.
Towanda Borough Public Works Superintendent Jim Haight said the snowfall had been steady in the borough, and employees worked "straight through" the storm to keep everything cleared.
"As long as it's snowing, you have to," he said.
All went as planned with no problems, he reported.
Conditions for the workers included blowing snow and cold temperatures.
An office employee with Jack Williams Garage in Wysox said the garage received approximately 12 towing calls, from Thursday night through early Friday.
She said it was mostly people getting stuck in ditches. One vehicle hit a tree, she said.
The towing calls were mostly from the Towanda, Hornbrook, and Wysox areas.
In Canton, borough administrator Amy Seeley said six inches of snow fell at her home in Canton.
"The snow plowing/clean up efforts have gone well; no complaints have been received," she commented. She said no accidents were reported and traffic was flowing smoothly in the borough.
Leroy Township Supervisor Ted Tomlinson said that, with all the snow, the township's employees had been working on the township roads, and logged a few extra hours, due to all the snowfall.
"This mountain road gets pretty bad, it needs extra attention," he said of Leroy Mountain Road. The employees were able to get the curvy, steep roadway in pretty good shape, he said.
Two employees were working on the roads, one on the East End of the township and one on the West End.
In Canton Borough at Baldwin's Hardware, owner Casey Clegg said the store was selling a lot of ice melt and snow shovels. People were buying rock salt and sleds, too.
"I love it, great for business," he said.