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Early Winter Snowfall Covers Region


        No one apparently told Mother Nature that winter doesn’t officially start until Dec. 21.

        Some early season snowfall Tuesday, prefaced by a surprising 2 inches of snow Sunday, fell on the region beginning in the early morning hours.  Upper Perkiomen, Quakertown and Boyertown school districts were all closed.

        But you weren’t going to hear area kids complaining.

        “They loved it,” said Rindi Latshaw of Upper Hanover Township of her kids’ first snow day from Upper Perkiomen.  “They were so excited to see all the snow coming down when they got up.  It was lots of fun.”

        Latshaw said her three boys, Caden, 8, Colby, 6, and Teagan, 3, all spent the day making snowmen, building forts and having snowball fights.  They also got in a fair share of sledding.  Latshaw said it was nice to spend time as a family making pancakes and enjoying hot chocolate.   

        Final snowfall totals, according to the National Weather Service, ranged from 3.3 inches reported in Green Lane, to 5.5 inches in Quakertown for yesterday’s storm, which tapered off around 2 p.m. in most areas.  Huff’s Church reported 3.8 inches, while Boyertown had 4.4 inches and Perkasie reported 5.1.

        The snow kept road crews on their toes after some were caught off-guard by inaccurate predictions for Sunday’s accumulation.  In Milford Township, Township Manager Jeff Vey said his staff responded “admirably” to the storm and got out early to treat the roads in time for commuters.

        “This storm was the type that snow and ice operations dread.  The timing was bad with it coming hard at rush hour.  That put down the most snow while cars were on the road,” he said. 

        Vey noted crews started with salting and applying anti-skid materials and later moved onto clearing the roads, which continued late into Tuesday.

        “The real story is don’t go out in this type of weather unless you have to,” he said, noting he personally saw vehicles that had skidded out of control on his way to work.

        Regardless of their efforts, road crews were unable to stop a slew of weather-related accidents across the region, most of which were not serious, said authorities.

        “When you drive you have to think about things like anticipating snow and ice and take more time,” said Tpr. David Boehm of PA State Police, Reading barracks.  “It’s really slippery when it first starts snowing.”

        Boehm said while there was only one crash reported in Hereford Township at Route 100 and Seisholtzville Road, and one in Washington Township on Passmore Road, both with no serious injuries, he explained there are often crashes that go unreported in snowy weather.

        Many times, in those instances, vehicles skid off the road and are recovered privately, he said.

        An accident in Pennsburg Borough at Dotts Street and Route 663 around 7:30 a.m. also yielded no injuries, officials said. 

        Pennsylvania State Police were called to several accidents in their coverage area, which includes Upper Hanover Township, Green Lane Borough and Upper Salford Township, Tuesday.  Those statistics were not available as of press time.      





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