Roads Ice Up; Pottsgrove, MCCC Classes Online
MOUNT HOLLY NJ – Overnight freezing rain was expected to create slippery travel conditions Friday (Feb. 19, 2021) in portions of Montgomery and Chester counties, prompting the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly NJ to continue a winter weather advisory for the area that remains in effect until 4 p.m.
Hazardous icing will affect Friday morning’s commute, it said. Light snow accumulations of up to one inch also are possible.
The effects appeared in a lengthy list of vehicle accidents, disabled vehicles, and hazardous road conditions published by Montgomery County emergency dispatchers at 6:17 a.m. At that time, it stated, icing posed danger for drivers at Crestwood Drive and Buchert Road in Lower Pottsgrove, High and York streets in Pottstown, and Charlotte Street and Swamp Pike in New Hanover.
Because of the local conditions:
- The Pottsgrove School District said its Friday classes would remain online for a second consecutive day and meet at regularly scheduled times in its “live synchronous teaching model.” All buildings will be closed to students and staff, and no transportation will be provided. Office staffers will work remotely. Any decisions on after-school activities, including sports, will be announced by noon.
- Montgomery County’s first-dose coronavirus vaccination clinic at Norristown Area High School reportedly will be closed Friday, due both to the weather and a decreased supply of vaccine.
- Classes, services and offices at Montgomery County Community College campuses will operate remotely as regularly scheduled, but its physical locations will not be accessible, it announced by e-mail at 5:30 a.m.
State College-based AccuWeather, in predictions updated Friday at 4:44 a.m., said “a general 1/10th to 1/4 of an inch of a glaze of ice (above) was due from the southern Appalachians to the lower mid-Atlantic coast.” Some sleet “mixed in for a brief time as far to the northwest as southeastern Pennsylvania, central New Jersey, southeastern New York state, including in New York City, and southern New England,” it added.
“Even though the ice and snow are forecast to shut off on Friday and some melting could occur during the afternoon hours, it may take until Saturday until there is enough February sunshine to go to work on melting more of the ice,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski wrote.
Any natural melting that occurs Friday afternoon and again Saturday is likely to be followed by a freeze-up at night, unless roads and sidewalks are treated with a fresh round of ice-melting compounds.
However, temperatures are forecast to trend upward later this weekend to next week over the region.
Map graphics supplied by AccuWeather