Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

University cancels classes for a second winter storm

University cancels classes for a second winter storm

While Quinn will be an impactful storm, it'll be much different than last week's Winter Storm Riley.

Ahead of the storm, Montgomery County officials declared a disaster emergency and asked residents to prepare for the possibility of significant snow and high winds.

Snow should end from southwest to northeast early Wednesday evening as our coastal low pressure system moves into coastal New England. "We're a hearty bunch, so some snow and rain isn't going to stop us". With this being a heavy, wet snow, it is likely that trees and power lines could be brought down from the weight of the accumulating snow, resulting in power outages. "People on the coast and with travel interests in the Northeast should monitor the progress of the potential storm". Parts of southern New Jersey and along the coast may not see as much in the way of accumulation by the time the storm is over.

The combination of heavy snow and strong winds will lead to additional tree damage and power outages.

A middle school teacher in southern New Jersey has been struck by lightning during a snowstorm sweeping up the East Coast.

Transportation departments in Philadelphia and Boston loaded up salt trucks and pre-treated roads on Tuesday afternoon, and some airlines already were waiving ticket change fees for airports in the storm's projected path, such as Newark, Philadelphia, Boston and New York's JFK.

With snow expected to fall at the rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour during the Wednesday evening commute, "travel will be very hard to impossible" with "significant reductions in visibility at times", the weather service said.

Areas getting snow could see snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour. Thereafter, communities will need Wednesday night and Thursday morning to dig out.

With the heaviest precipitation expected late in the day, most area schools are in session but some have cancelled after-school activities or will dismiss students early.

Winter storm warning in effect from 7 p.m. Tuesday evening until 3 a.m. Thursday.

Amtrak said it was cancelling some train services today, and regional rail trains in Philadelphia will operate on a weekend schedule.

Block Island is under a high wind warning for winds blowing from the east at 30 to 40 miles per hour with gust up to 55 miles per hour.

Some heavier snows may also extend west into parts of Berks and Schuylkill counties and eastern sections of Lancaster and Lebanon counties, where up to 6 inches of snow is forecast.

Wolf said 450 National Guard members are on standby to assist with storm preparations and aftermath. Sustained wind speeds will be increasing to 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph probable except gusts up to 45 mph in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

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