Winter Storm Janus dumps 7-9 inches on region; single-digit temps
What can you say when the temperature drops to 0 degrees, schools and businesses are closed and the family pet doesn’t even want to poke its head outdoors?
It must be winter 2013-14.
Tuesday’s winter storm, dubbed Janus by The Weather Channel, dumped between 7 and 9 inches of snow on the Upper Perkiomen Valley and surrounding region. With few snowfall stations reporting to the National Weather Service as of Wednesday morning, Zionsville posted almost 7 inches, West Rockhill Township 8.5, and Gratersford and Gilbertsville, 9 and 9.1, respectively.
Weather Channel accumulations estimated 8.5 in Pennsburg and 9.4 in Harleysville as of Wednesday.
While this season’s freezing temperatures have come in well below initial forecasts, and snowfall well above, the area has still fared better than the Philadelphia region, which recorded 13.5 inches Tuesday at Philly International Airport.
In Pennsburg, road crews started plowing around 7 a.m. after the start of snowfall and were still working into Wednesday afternoon cleaning up.
Roads Supervisor Rick Krupp said crews only took a break from around 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday before getting back behind the wheel.
“The sun is working tremendously despite the cold,” he said of clearing roads late Wednesday morning. “With some salt we are able to scrape it off for the most part.”
Krupp said on the borough’s secondary roads, and into surrounding townships, packed snow was proving to be more easily negotiable on roads than dangerous black ice, which may appear in spots as temperatures stay well below freezing.
Temperatures Wednesday stayed in the single digits with wind chills well below zero. Temperatures are not forecasted to rise above freezing for the next week.
Weather forecasters have said, as of Wednesday, that more of the white stuff is scheduled for Saturday, though. As of that forecast, no accumulation was predicted.
Area school districts Upper Perkiomen, Boyertown, Quakertown and Souderton all closed schools and offices Wednesday. Schools officials have started to schedule snow makeup days. Quakertown has announced, so far, Feb. 14 and April 2 are now regular education days.
Upper Perkiomen officials couldn’t be reached Wednesday to say how their school calendar will be changing, as offices were closed.