Winter creates messy Monday in Bradford County
It was a wet, frozen mess, but Monday's wintry mix of snow, sleet and frozen rain didn't cause any major problems in Bradford County.
Bradford County Emergency Management Director John Ambrusch III said early Monday afternoon that there had been a few motor accidents in Bradford County due to Monday's storm, but "nothing major."
It is not yet known if an accident in Stevens Township was related to icy road conditions.
In the crash, a truck reportedly overturned and came to rest in the middle of the road Monday morning on state Route 706 in Stevens Township. Route 706 was closed by PennDOT between Leisure Lakes Road and Water Street for approximately 15 minutes Monday afternoon.
Bradford County emergency management officials have not received reports of power outages or other losses of utilities due to the storm, Ambrusch said.
Wayne Vanderpool, an observer for the National Weather Service, said that he measured five-tenths of an inch of frozen precipitation from the storm at his weather station in Towanda Township, including snow, sleet, and frozen rain.
In Towanda Township, the total amount of liquid precipitation from the storm was .21 inches, including the melted-down frozen precipitation, he said.
The total amount of snow that has fallen so far this winter in Towanda is 19 1/2 inches, which is less than the 27 inches that would have fallen by this time in an average winter, he said.
Joanne LaBounty, a meteorologist with the NWS in Binghamton, N.Y., said that Monday's precipitation was the result of a warm front traveling behind a weak low pressure area and colder weather.
The Towanda police did not receive a lot of calls related to the storm, Towanda Police Chief Randy Epler said.
Neither the Towanda School District nor the Sullivan County School District had school on Monday, due to the weather. The Towanda Public Library was also closed on Monday, due to the storm.
In Sullivan County, Emergency Services Director Sean Thibodeault said there were no problems due to Monday's storm that his office was aware of.
"There may have been some accidents, but none since 8 a.m." that an ambulance or fire department was called out to, he said at mid-afternoon on Monday.
Although information from the National Weather Service showed that Bradford County and the surrounding areas received less than a quarter inch of ice accumulation Monday, ice built up on roads and sidewalks in the Valley through Monday afternoon, prompting businesspeople and homeowners to apply rock salt and scrape the ice off their sidewalks. Sayre Borough public works employees spent Monday clearing the ice and slush from roads and the sidewalks around and through Howard Elmer Park.
In western Bradford County, school in both the Troy Area and Canton Area school districts was canceled due to the bad weather Monday.
Mark Jannone, Canton Area School District business manager, said that the precipitation began as snow, then switched to freezing rain and sleet.
Canton Borough was busy getting the streets in shape.
"We got about one-fourth inch of snow which started at about 5 a.m. which then turned to freezing rain/sleet later in the morning," said Amy Seeley, Canton Borough administrator.
On Monday afternoon, she said the borough was getting a combination of rain/freezing rain.
"The Street Department got out early this morning and had all the streets salted and cindered before the steady traffic began," she said.
At Troy Intermediate School, assistant maintenance supervisor Henry Chamberlain was plowing.
He said the mess was cleaning up well because the temperatures were warming up.
Custodian Charles Perry, who was cleaning up outside the high school, expressed the same opinion.
Arden Ellenberger of Berger Trucking was plowing at the First Citizens Community Bank parking lot Monday afternoon in Troy.
Earlier in the day, he said, things were "pretty slippery."
Northeast Bradford School District closed Monday for widespread ice conditions in Northeastern Bradford County. This comes on the heels of a 12:30 p.m. early dismissal Friday which was also related to inclement weather.
The mid-week forecast, meanwhile, is looking better.
According to the National Weather Service, warmer temperatures are expected in the next couple of days in Towanda, with a high of 42 degrees forecast for today and a high of 56 degrees forecast for Wednesday. However, 56 degrees would not be close to breaking a record, as the record high for Jan. 30 in Towanda is 66 degrees, which was set in 1947.
Snow was expected to return to the area Wednesday night into Thursday morning, according to the NWS.
Staff writers James Loewenstein, Amanda Renko, Eric Hrin and Tim Zyla contributed to this story.