Snow Show

By on January 13, 2016

Snow Show

It was bound to happen sooner or later.

by PATRICK BURNS

Snow finally fell in Ephrata Tuesday just as rush hour wound down at around 6:30 p.m.

Slushy roads and icy patches created challenging driving conditions for motorists driving near the intersection of State and Main streets.

ER First Snow001Temperatures this morning struggled to get above 20 degrees as it appears an extended period of unseasonably warm weather has finally ended.

 

PennDOT reported squalls from Allentown through Ephrata and farther west, where hard-driving snow created poor visibility as  inches were mounting on the Pennsylvania turnpike.1935817_1028419470513987_3065221006324409066_n

Drivers from Ephrata said horrible conditions on Route 283 got better quickly as the night wore on.

PennDOT  said it had prepared for snow Tuesday, loading trucks and spreading salt.

The organization also unveiled a new tracking system Monday that is activated when winter storms hit Pennsylvania. Now you can track more than 700 snow plows operated and contracted by the Pennsylvania of Transportation.

ER First Snow002On-duty trucks will be shown online, in near real-time on interstate highways and expressways.

“This may help address the age-old question: Where are the trucks?” PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said.

Ephrata's had many snow showers in the winter of 2015 but the first significant snow accumulated on Jan. 6.

Ephrata’s had many snow showers in the winter of 2015 but the first significant snow accumulated on Jan. 6.

Snow plows have their own icon on the state map at http://www.511pa.com. The map also links to traffic cameras and shows the locations of accidents, construction zones and weather alerts.

Gov. Wolf introduced  Automated Vehicle Location system in October, which opened to the public on Monday.

Ephrata had many snow showers last winter but the first significant snow accumulated on Jan. 6, 2015.

Patrick Burns is a staff writer for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455

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