A foot of snow, power outages hit parts of area


First Posted: 10/28/2008

Snow is tapering off across much of the area this afternoon. Now the wind is picking up and temperatures are dropping. This will cause icy spots on the roads tonight. Although there was no accumulation of snow in the city of , higher elevations saw quite a bit, with as much as 12 inches on the ground in the Moscow area of Lackawanna County.

The snow started falling in the higher elevations around 10 p.m. Monday night. It was a heavy, wet snow that is weighing down trees and power lines, causing power problems for some areas. Telephone and cable TV service also remains out in many areas.

As of 6:30 p.m PPL ‘s website is reporting over 37,000 customers are without power. Some have seen their power return, only to have it go out again.

Lackawanna County saw nearly 10,000 customers without power earlier this morning. That number dropped to about 3,500 but has since increased to about 6,400 as of 6:30 p.m..

In Luzerne County the number without power grew to over 7,800, but has now dropped to only 1000.  Most of the outages are in the Bear Creek, Mountain Top and Hazleton areas.

Monroe County is also seeing a growing number of outages, now with over 10,000 without power.

Expect strong wind gusts to bring down many more trees and power lines overnight.

The snow caused several schools in the higher elevations to delay or close on Tuesday. Students in the Poconos went to school on time only to leave again after just an hour or two.

Check out PennDOT’s Road Cams for road conditions along Interstate 81.
 
Updates throughout the morning here on timesleader.com and scrantonedition.com.

A tractor trailer that was stuck on Route 115 is towed by a wrecker to Bear Creek Tuesday morning. Heavy wet snow blanketed the higher elevations causing numerous traffic accidents.S.John Wilkin/The Times Leader

S.John Wilkin

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