U.S. hit by unusually colder temperatures


UNDATED — Buffalo, New York is no stranger to snow, but the 6+ feet they have gotten this week is unprecedented. AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Heather Zehr says this weather is part of a pattern the U.S. has been seeing, where colder than normal air masses move south from Canada, “We are in the midst of another one of these patterns. It is extremely cold and unusually so for this time of year.” She adds, “We have had temperatures running 20-degrees below normal and high temperatures that are even below high temperatures that are normal for January. In Buffalo, mix that with the fact that there are still lake temperatures that are more October-like, that is…

More than 100 still without power


SHAMOKIN – Following the surprising snowstorm on Sunday night into Monday, more than 100 customers are still without power in Northumberland County. PPL reports 138 customers remain without power as of mid-day Tuesday.  That is down from the over 300 without power Tuesday morning. Those areas impacted include Shamokin, Shamokin Township, parts of Zerbe and West Cameron Townships and portions of Upper Mahanoy Township. Several trees and wires were damaged when heavy wet snow fell in the area, totaling about 6 to 8 inches. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Norry snow removal planned for Wednesday


NORTHUMBERLAND — Northumberland plans to remove more snow from borough streets Wednesday.  Motorists are asked to keep their vehicles off of the designated streets before 7:00a.m. to allow workers easier access.   Snow will be removed from Front Street from King Street to Duke Street as well as Queen Street, from Second Street to the railroad yard entrance below Priestly Avenue.  Motorists are advised to remove all vehicles from these streets from 7:00a.m. until the plowing is complete. Vehicles that are not moved may be ticketed or towed.  (Codi Jade) Follow

More snow removal planned for Sunbury

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SUNBURY — Sunbury plans to remove more snow from city streets during the day this week.  Motorists are asked to keep their vehicles off of the following streets during designated removal times.   On Wednesday from 7:00a.m. to 3:00p.m., crews will remove snow on Linden Street from 4th to 2nd Street, on Vine Street from 5th to 3rd Street, on Julia Street from Front to North 2nd Street, and on South 10th Street from Walnut Street to the DPW building.   On Thursday from 7:00a.m. to 3:00p.m., snow will be removed on North 6th Street from Race to Lincoln Street, on North 7th Street from Line to Packer Street, and on Miller Street, Penn Street…

Snow tonight, but a warm-up to follow

Snow accumulated on a Valley picnic table

SUNBURY – With over a foot of snow still piled up in some yards across The Valley, AccuWeather says we could be in for another 3 to 6 inches tonight.   The snow is expected to end Tuesday morning.  While folks may be getting tired of shoveling, it looks like we will get a break later in the week.  Temperatures are expected to reach 50 degrees by Friday, and  sunshine may melt some of the built up accumulation.  You can find the latest AccuWeather forecast and Winternet announcements online all the time at WKOK.com.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Lost hours are ‘snowballing’ in Valley schools


Schools have to make up for ‘lost snow time’   SELINSGROVE – “Lost instructional time” is becoming a commonly talked about topic in area school districts lately. With the winter leading to numerous delays and cancellations of classes, school districts in The Valley must cope with the lost time.   Selinsgrove superintendent Chad Cohrs told us, they’ve have an accumulated total of eight days of either closed school, delayed starts or early dismissals. He said they’ll make up the days the school was closed, but there will be a 12-hour loss of instructional time.   That’s where good teachers come in, “It really does fall back to instructional staff to make adjustments to the instructional…

Winter storm blows through The Valley


UNDATED — AccuWeather Meteorologist Heather Zehr says forecasters are sticking with the prediction of 4-8 inches of snow in our area.  “The farther north you go the more likely you are to have four inches, but eight inches seems pretty likely from Sunbury and Selinsgrove and southward.  There will be accumulations of a solid foot or more as you head to the south and east.” Zehr says looking to the days ahead, we may see more snow Monday.  “Another storm comes closer to us and brings us a chance for snow or ice Monday night.  That will be followed by rain on Tuesday as we get some milder temperatures.” Snow is expected to continue throughout…

Governor gives updates on storm response

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HARRISBURG — As Pennsylvania operates under an emergency operation declaration, Governor Tom Corbett urges people to stay in if they can.  “Nearly 2,000 PennDOT and Turnpike trucks are plowing roads and covering the territories that are affected.  We are still encouraging people who do not have to travel to stay off of the roads.” Corbett spoke this morning at PEMA in Harrisburg giving updates about the state’s response to the storm. “We have called up 783 members of the National Guard to support this operation.  The National Guard has deployed liaison officers to Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Northampton and Philadelphia counties so far.  In addition, they have available 14 four-wheel drive ambulances that are spread out…

Snow storm in The Valley


UNDATED — Snow continues to fall in The Valley. The latest AccuWeather forecast says we will receive 4-8 inches of snow. To our east and south, there could be over a foot of snow. Penn DOT has reduced the speed limit to 45mph on a number of highways including I-80 and I-180.  A restriction that banned empty straight trucks, large combination vehicles such as tandem trailers and doubles, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and recreational vehicles  from interstates during the storm, has been lifted.  Traffic information can be found at 511pa.com. Currently there are no local power outages, but PPL says they are prepared for any outages that may occur due to the storm. All…

PPL says residents should prepare for outages


SUNBURY – PPL is monitoring the weather and is prepared for more power outages in the region. PPL Susquehanna Regional Affairs Director Teri MacBride tells us repair crews are ready to respond. She says travel conditions could be a challenge though and slow down response times.   MacBride says customers should be prepared for possible outages by charging communication devices, making sure working batteries are in flashlights and emergency preparedness kits are nearby. If you do have a power outage, you should report it by calling 1-800-DIAL-PPL. You can find updated information about outages on their website at www.pplelectric.com. (Ali Stevens) Follow