We think the groundhog lied.
Meteorological weather predictions were pretty accurate Friday, as steady snow in the area through the morning led to several school closures, accidents and travel restrictions due to dangerous roadways.
Following initial announcements of 2-hour delays, various schools opted to close for the day Friday, including Bradford, DuBois, Punxsutawney, Smethport, Johnsonburg, St. Marys, Kane, Ridgway, Cameron County School District and Port Allegany.
With kids home enjoying a day off, pizza places in Kane and Port Allegany took the day as an opportunity to encourage community outreach. Anyone, with parents’ permission, that shoveled a sidewalk for a neighbor and received a signature could bring the signature in and receive a free slice of pizza and a beverage.
Meanwhile, the morning hours led to reports of several accidents, traffic control needed on James City Hill, a tractor-trailer blocking the roadway on Route 255, which shut down the road between Johnsonburg and St. Marys and Route 46 near Fitch Hill Road was shut down due to a disabled tractor trailer.
Coudersport Public Library and Bradford Area Public Library also opted to stay closed for the day, while various offices and businesses throughout the region operated on a two-hour delay.
A report near Coudersport indicated 7.5 inches of snow fell, while in Galeton, Kane and Bradford, reports were two inches, Coudersport and Glen Hazel (Elk County) each measured three inches of snowfall, Ridgway recorded 4 inches, Roulette got 4.5 inches and Emporium recorded 4.3 inches.
According to Bill Gartner, a meteorologist with the State College office of the National Weather Service, we can expect flurries this weekend but no more significant accumulation.
“There is a 50% chance of snow showers and a high of 25 (today),” Gartner said. “On Sunday, the high will be 34. There will be a chance of snow showers, but in Northwestern Pa., behind storms like this, a snow shower is not unusual for a day or two.”
Gartner also noted that Monday will be warmer, with a high of 38 and rain in the forecast.