Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Spring-Ford, Perkiomen Valley Schools all closed
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Spring-Ford Area, and Perkiomen Valley schools were declared closed at about 7:15 a.m. today (Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018) due to winter storm conditions, they announced on social media and their respective websites.
All earlier said they would open late, but later decided to close after further monitoring.
State Asks For Slower Speed In Conditions
Relatively little snow had fallen across western Montgomery County today as of 6 a.m. – compared to other parts of Pennsylvania – but low temperatures, high winds, and the timing of a winter storm near morning commutes nonetheless meant drivers should be cautious and adjust travel times if necessary, the state Department of Transportation suggested.
Up to 18 inches of snow may be possible by the weekend in northeastern Pennsylvania, but far less than those amounts were forecast for our area by AccuWeather. Most townships and boroughs covered by The Posts had received only a dusting by early morning, and all snowfall if any was expected to end locally by noon.
PennDOT was “fully prepared with staff, materials and equipment” for the Wednesday-through-Thursday storm, the agency noted, but it acknowledged salt is less effective at colder temperatures. Also, gusting winds may affect visibility and driving conditions. Drivers “must slow down, allow extra time in their commutes, and leave plenty of room around our plows and other vehicles,” it said.
Preliminary data from last winter in Pennsylvania shows there were 252 crashes resulting in 129 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways, in which aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.
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