October snow spooks Northeastern Pennsylvania

First Posted: 10/29/2008

Heavy wet snow blanketed Northeastern Pennsylvania’s higher elevations, causing numerous traffic accidents.

The season’s first snowfall began to taper off Tuesday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton, NY, and the winter advisory expired at 2 am today.

The worst hit areas were the higher elevations, said NWS Meteorologist Mike Jurewicz.  Snow accumulated up to 17 inches in Freeland and 16 inches in the Bear Creek area, Jurewicz said.  In parts of Lackawanna County, snowfalls of 11 inches were recorded as of late Tuesday afternoon, he said.

Jurewicz said the storm is over, but snow showers could drop up to a half inch today, when the daytime high will be near 41.  Temperatures will be in the 50’s by Friday.

Bob Williamson cleans off the snow from his car in Pittston.

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