Stay Home! City Says Stay Off Snowy Streets; Storm Closings And Cancellations
Gridlock and accidents are reported throughout Luzerne County early Thursday evening, as heavy snow has turned roads treacherous. No serious injuries had been reported as of 6:30 p.m., but emergency scanner frequencies crackled with reports of crashes and stopped traffic all afternoon. Anyone who does not urgently need to travel should stay home, authorities advise. Shortly after 6 p.m., the Wilkes-Barre city office issued an advisory for motorists to stay off city streets. Vehicles are getting stuck and blocking the path of emergency responders and public works road crews, the advisory states. Today’s storm had been forecast for several days, but it hit harder than predicted. The National Weather Service this afternoon bumped up an advisory to a winter storm warning, in effect until 8 a.m. Friday for Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming counties. The weather service predicts total snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches, and ice accumulations of up to two-tenths of an inch. Following is a list of storm-related closings and cancellations. Check back for updates. Luzerne County Transportation Authority has suspended night bus service for tonight. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph on Interstates 80 and 81 throughout Luzerne County, as well as the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the Lehigh Valley interchange. Wilkes University: No evening classes, campus closed at 3 p.m.; Jake Woods lecture canceled. King’s College: No evening classes, campus closed at 3 p.m. The Osterhout Free Library closed at 2 p.m. Back Mountain Memorial Library: Closed at 4:30 p.m., according to the library’s Facebook page. The Crestwood School Board meeting scheduled for tonight has been postponed. Kingston has declared a parking ban for Friday. Parking will be prohibited on the even-numbered side of streets between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday. Kingston police will enforce the snow parking regulations.