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Monday Was A Day To Stay Indoors

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – State snow plows patrolled township highways this morning (Tuesday, March 3, 2009) at 6:20, scraping away remaining snow that had drifted and accumulated after Monday’s winter storm. Depending on where in the township you live, the Nor’easter left between 4 and 7 inches of snow behind, much of which had been cleared Monday by mid-day.

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However, what AccuWeather described as “strong northwesterly winds that howled with gusts between 35 and 40 mph” narrowed travel lanes on roads like North Pleasantview Road, where light granular snow blew across open fields and filled in shoulders and portions of asphalt.

The combination of wind and arctic air made temperatures in the teens feel more like zero or colder, AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Anderson reported. That caused the Montgomery County (PA) Health Department to extend its cold weather emergency warning through Thursday (March 5, 2009).

Monday’s snow gave a long weekend to students in the Pottsgrove School District, which closed for the day. Montgomery County Community College similarly decided to cancel classes in the morning, then later cancelled evening classes too. Plowing services were busy clearing driveways and parking lots, and home owners got their exercise by shoveling sidewalks and passageways.

SEPTA reported delays systemwide on bus routes and rail lines.

Icy conditions on some highways, particularly as temperatures dropped later in the day, were cited as the cause of several vehicle accidents. Subscribers to Twitter, the popular Internet short message service, reported problems at the intersections of North Charlotte Street and Maugers Mill Road in Pottstown, as well as Route 422 and Township Line Road in Royersford. A substantial portion of Interstate 78 in Berks County was closed for much of the day due to crashes and poor visibility.

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