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Pa. gets light snow, braces for bone-chilling cold

March 3, 2014
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania dodged a snowstorm Monday as only a few inches — even less in some areas — fell on a region that has been pounded by severe weather this winter.

The storm led to the cancellation of about 100 flights Sunday and some 400 flights Monday at Philadelphia International Airport, along with school delays and closings across the state.

The deepest snow fell in the Laurel Highlands near Bedford, where 5 inches was recorded. State College got just a trace, while Philadelphia got about 2 inches.

Officials warned of hazardous driving conditions due to the snow atop a thin layer of ice, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said wet roads with freezing conditions were a problem for motorists on interstates along the Maryland border.

Speed limits were dropped to 45 mph on many of the major arteries in the Philadelphia region, then lifted in most places around noontime.

Forecasters were predicting a very chilly night, with overnight lows in the single digits in the Harrisburg area and as much as 20 below zero in Bradford in the northwest.

National Weather Service meteorologist Aaron Tyburski said the low temperature could drop to 30 to 40 degrees below a normal low. In State College, the average low this time of year is 25 — it could be 2 or 3 degrees below zero in the early morning Tuesday.

"We'll likely break a lot of records around the state," Tyburski said.

 
 

 

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