SANATOGA PA – Schools closed across western Montgomery County PA, organizations canceled events, and driving proved to be hazardous for some Wednesday (Jan. 28, 2009) during a snow and ice storm that began the previous night and didn’t relent until mid-day, when precipitation turned to rain.
Today’s (Jan. 29, 2009) weather will be drier, the National Weather Service said, but drivers may still find it tough going. It issued a “special weather statement” at 4:21 this morning, warning that roads with low traffic may not have been treated for icy spots created as the skies cleared and temperatures fell well below freezing. The chill of an 8-mph westerly wind will make things feel even colder, according to Weather.com.
- Watch a 1m:43s video by ‘The Post,’ hosted at YouTube, on how Wednesday’s ice and snow affected traffic and people across Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township. Press the “play” button, above.
Temperatures Wednesday were within historic ranges. The high of 38F degrees exactly hit the average for the day, according to Weather.com, and the low of 18F degrees was only 5F degrees below that average.
State and township road crews Tuesday had their work cut out for them. A brine mixture was sprayed on state-maintained highways early in the evening. Then plow crews set to work through much of Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, clearing roads of the accumulated snow and salting them for safety.