Heavy snow Monday morning continues to cause traffic delays throughout the region as snow plow trucks compete with traffic for access to roadways.
The snow, which fell heavier than initial forecasts predicted, could bring a total of 4-8 inches across the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia regions by Monday afternoon.
All schools were closed Monday. Lehigh County also rescheduled a public presentation on the Hamilton Crossings Retail Center on the Route 222 Bypass in Lower Macungie Township from Monday night to 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Moyer Hall in Muhlenberg College.
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The snow came a day after Super Bowl weekend, which saw temperatures reach into the upper 40s and 50s and drew scores of vehicles to car washes across the region.
The snow began falling just as rush hour was starting Monday. A similar snow event is forecast for Tuesday night into Wednesday, and more snow could also arrive Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
The precipitation early Monday started initially as sleet and rain before turning to snow from Quakertown north through the Poconos. With temperatures hovering around the freezing mark at daybreak but falling, the precipitation also eventually turned to snow further south in the Philadelphia region along the Interstate 95 corridor.
According to the National Weather Service, the precipitation is expected to taper off to flurries during the early or mid-afternoon hours, leaving behind expected snowfall totals of 4-8 inches – an increase from earlier forecasts calling for 3-6 inches.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 5 p.m. for Lehigh and Northampton counties. The warning also was issued for Warren and Morris counties in New Jersey.
Snowfall amounts reported to the National Weather Service since about 7 a.m. Monday in inches were received from: S. Allentown, 4.8; Whitehall Township, 4.0; Schnecksville, 3.9; New Tripoli, 3.8; Saylorsburg, 3.5; Lansdale, 4.5; Easton, 4.0; Forks Township, 3.5; Graterford, 4.1; Harlesyvlle, 3.0; Lehighton, 2.3; Fleetwood, 4.8; Kutztown, 4.0.
Temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s by Tuesday, setting things up for the next snow events forecast for Wednesday and Sunday.
The National Weather Service says both storms could produce significant snowfalls, with Wednesday's storm looking like it could be a duplicate of Monday's storm.
The storm Monday brought multiple reports of vehicle accidents throughout the Lehigh Valley due to sliding off the road or becoming stranded by slick conditions.
In Allentown, one of the more troublesome spots was the hill on S. Fourth Street approaching Salisbury Township and connecting to Interstate 78 and Route 309. After two tractor-trailers became stranded on the hill about 5:30 a.m., several cars joined the log jam. There was no sign the road had been plowed or salted, but salt trucks began trying to coat the road around the parking lot of vehicles stranded on the roadway.
Other emergency radio dispatches reported a rolled over vehicle in Allen Township and a vehicle fire on Mountain View Drive (Route 946) in Walnutport.