Wednesday February 7, 2018

 

East Branch of Fishing Creek, looking north

 

Tuesday’s high, 31; Overnight low 15; 2” snow between 5:30 and 8:00 am

WED-HEAVY SNOW THEN SLEET AND/OR FREEZING RAIN, HIGH 30

WED NIGHT-LOW IN THE TEENS

THU-CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS, LIGH 20

THU NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY,LOWIN THE THEMID TEENS

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Winter storm warning remains in effect until 10:00 pm tonight…..Classes cancelled at most area schools… More than 2500 Tri-County members affected by 8 hour outage last night…Game Commission has tree seedlings for students……Ridgway based state police suspect St. Marys woman stealing money from elderly Wilcox resident by forging checks…..DUI charges filed against Mansfield driver…

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WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST THIS EVENING…The National Weather Service says we can expect heavy snow through out the day with  total snow accumulations of 6-10 inches. The heaviest snow will   occur from the late morning through the mid afternoon hours  when snowfall rates will exceed one inch per hour. The snow may mix with sleet and freezing   rain for a few hours during the mid to late afternoon hours  south and east of Williamsport.  Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. In anticipation of significant snow fall during the daylight hours, these area schools cancelled classes for the day: Austin,  Bradford, Cameron County, Coudersport, Galeton, Johnsonburg, Northern Potter Oswayo Valley, Penn College of Technology, Ridgway, Smethport, and  St. Marys. All Potter County Senior Centers were closed; the Port Allegany Food bank was closed and a program at Sinnemahoning State Park on American Indians in Potter County was postponed until February 28.

With the  forecast for winter weather across Pennsylvania today, PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards today advised drivers that with conditions expected to change from snow during the morning rush hour to sleet and then rain later in the day, drivers should lower their speeds and be aware of changing conditions. Richards said PennDot is prepared to deal with this rapidly changing storm, but the key for drivers is to slow down, “PennDOT will be aggressive in lowering speed limits on interstates, but it is up to drivers to react properly to the fact pavement conditions will not be the same during a storm as when weather is clear.”  Speed limits on Route 15 and I-80 and I-180 were reduced to 45 mph this morning.

If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 252 crashes resulting in 129 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.

To help make decisions as to whether to travel during winter weather, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 major roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

For more PennDOT information, visit www.penndot.gov. Follow Local PennDOT Information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly, and follow the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation and Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot.

Tri-County Rural Electric reports 2529 members served by the Frank Lent and Coneville substations were plunged into darkness Tuesday night. The outage was caused by a West Penn (First Energy) malfunction began at 7:25 pm and all members were back on line by 3:20 am today. West Penn supplies Tri-County. So  far  we have not had a response from West Penn as to the cause. A similar outage occurred on December 4, 2017 and affected many of the same Tri-County members.

On a day like today, it  seems Spring is a long way off but The Pennsylvania Game Commission once again is helping students learn about the vital role trees play in the environment. The Seedlings for Schools program provides tree seedlings to classrooms so students can plant them as part of projects to improve wildlife habitat. Orders placed as part of the “Seedlings for Schools” program are being accepted through March 30. To order, visit the agency’s website, www.pgc.pa.gov, and click on “Seedling Sales” in the Quick Clicks column, then select “Seedlings for Schools.”

There is no charge to schools that participate in this program. The seedlings are provided by the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery and shipping costs are offset by the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation.

“Seedlings for Your Class” provides a classroom, grade level or entire school with enough seedlings so each student can take one home to plant. Traditional favorites white spruce and silky dogwood are available again this year. Four other species also are being offered: grey-stemmed dogwood, American sweet crabapple, American highbush cranberry and our beloved state tree, eastern hemlock. A teachers’ guide and planting instructions come with the seedlings and also can be accessed through the website.

In years past, “Seedlings for Your Class” was intended primarily for pre-K and elementary students, but this year it’s been extended to middle- and high-school students.

Seedlings come in bundles of 25, and depending on spring weather, will be shipped directly to schools by UPS from April 2 to 4 and April 9 to 11. The nursery does not ship on Thursdays or Fridays so seedlings should not arrive on weekends when no one is at school to receive them.

Once seedlings do arrive, it is important to moisten the roots immediately and plant them as soon as possible, said Brian Stone, manager of the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery.

Seedlings should be handed out to students with their roots in plastic bags with moist shredded newspaper, or with the seedlings planted in juice or milk cartons for transplanting at home, Stone said.

More information about the program can be found on the Game Commission’s website, or by contacting RA-SchoolSeedlings@pa.gov.

Seedlings distributed through the Seedlings for Schools program are provided by the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery. The shipping costs are paid in full by the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation and its contributors.

 

Individuals and groups wishing to donate to the program can send checks to the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Fund, which maintains the account for donations. Be sure to indicate the donation is for the Game Commission’s “Seedlings for Schools” program. Donations can be mailed to the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation, 341 Science Park Road, State College, PA 16803.

State police at Ridgway have not released the name of a St. Marys woman suspected of theft  by deception. The 51 year old woman reportedly wrote checks out in her own name and deposited them in her bank account without the knowledge of the 92 year old victim, a woman residing on Rasselas Road in Wilcox.

A Mansfield driver has been charged with DUI. State police in that town filed the charges after stopping Jeffrey Wood on Route 49in Nelson Township, early November 25.