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Highest amount of snowfall in years

Kyra Smith-Cullen
News Editor
ksmithcu@lhup.edu

February 20, 2014

The Williamsport region is seeing its highest snowfall since the winter bridging the 2002 – 2003 season, and may surpass that amount in the remaining month before spring begins.

According to data from the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the area has seen approximately 64 inches of snow this winter.

Some students are choosing to remain light hearted about the snow and ice.

“I’m getting great practice for the 2018 Winter Olympics figure skating/ freestyle skiing competitions,” said Evelyn Ewing, a junior majoring in public relations.

Because of the weather, LHU has had to close twice this semester.  The first closing, on Feb. 5, occurred on a day that the region received approximately 5 inches of snow. When the school closed on Feb. 13, around 9 inches of snow fell in the area. A majority of that snowfall came from the storms that occurred over winter vacation.

snow 2Because of the accumulation, snow removal efforts have been hindered and piles of plowed snow are spread across campus so that students can have a clear path to walk on. Some have grown to over four feet or higher.

There are also problems caused by drivers who don’t clear the roof of their cars off after the snow, making it dangerous for other drivers.

Another issue caused by the weather is a salt shortage, resulting in icy road and sidewalk conditions.

“Based on snow removal, I would give the town a D for several reasons. The roads are being plowed as soon as I leave my apartment around 7:05 a.m. when it snows,” said Matt Edwards, a sophomore majoring in biology. “Homeowners don’t shovel most of the time when I see a shovel on their porch. I have to walk over mounds of snow just to cross in an intersection. No one puts down salt on the sidewalk as well.”

Reportedly, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania has already gone through over half of their annual budget for winter maintenance.

With around a month until winter is officially over, there is still a likelihood that we will amass more snow.

Icy conditions on Feb. 19 made driving hazardous for early morning commuters, leaving some students to question whether the school should have called for a two hour delay.

“I think a two hour delay would have been helpful for those students who had early classes and had issues getting to class due to the weather,” said Winston Jones, who is a senior majoring in communication. “But I have faith that the administration can make the right decisions to keep the students safe.”

Photos courtesy of Kyra Smith-Cullen

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