A slow-moving weather event anticipated to bring freezing rain moving into rain Sunday afternoon, ended up dumping about five inches of white stuff over most of Wyoming County Sunday.
“It wasn’t that big a deal,” Wyoming County EMA director Gene Dziak said, because most people stayed home.
“That’s a good idea for everyone’s safety,” he said, noting because classes locally were in virtual mode, there was no need for school buses to be out Monday morning.
But for many of those heading home after 7 p.m. Sunday, and having to scale higher elevations, road plows seemed to be in a losing battle trying to keep up with the snowfall, leaving behind any orders of cinders or salt as the temperatures were forecasted to keep going above the freezing mark after midnight.
The biggest culprit, Dzak said, was a winter warning issued about 9:45 p.m. about a band of snow that just spread out and stayed over the county.
During the night, emergency personnel had to deal with trees down in Windham Township, Nicholson Township and Falls Township, Dziak said, and Falls was particularly hit by power lines also down on Buttermilk Road and Falls Road.
PennDOT reported at 10 a.m., Monday, that because of power lines down on SR2017 (Buttermilk Road), the road probably would not be reopened until 3 p.m.
State police also reported that accidents were kept down to a minimum, and as daybreak arrived Monday, things quickly started improving.