UPDATE (10am, Sat.): The snow emergency in Hellertown has been lifted. Property owners are being reminded to remove snow and ice from their sidewalks, as per the Borough Code.
UPDATE (5:40pm): The National Weather Service has maintained its Winter Storm Warning for the Lehigh Valley, in spite of the fact that little snow fell during the day Friday. Overnight snow accumulations of 3 to 10 inches are possible throughout northeastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey, according to the latest updated NWS forecast and the current storm warning.
UPDATE (11:45am): Due to the weather, the Red Out Saucon Valley High School Boys Basketball game/fundraiser for the American Heart Association has been rescheduled from Friday night to Monday, Feb. 11 at 7pm at SVHS. The school district campus will close at 5pm, and all evening activities are canceled.
UPDATE (10:20am): Borough Manager Cathy Kichline has announced that Mayor Richard Fluck has declared a Snow Emergency in the borough, which will take effect at 4pm Friday, Feb. 8. The snow emergency will remain in effect until further notice. For information about snow emergencies, as well as a list of established snow emergency routes in Hellertown, visit the borough's website. Also, like the borough's Facebook page for updates via social media.
Correction: An earlier published version of this story indicated that school was in session. However, Feb. 8 is an in-service day, meaning there is no school for students. We apologize for any inconvenience the error may have caused.
A major winter storm will hit the Northeast and New England today into Saturday, and the Saucon Valley could receive upwards of six to 10 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.
At around 8am, tiny snowflakes had begun to fall in the Hellertown area, although all roads remained clear for the morning rush.
The worst of the storm is expected tonight, with heavy, blowing snow possible.
According to the NWS's Winter Storm Warning for our area, some mixed precipitation--including rain--is possible south of I-78 today, with all areas seeing snow fall at varying rates by this afternoon.
According to the NWS forecast for Hellertown for Friday, here's what to expect (as of 9am):
- Today: Rain and snow before 1pm, then rain between 1 and 2pm, then snow after 2pm, with total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. High near 35.
- Tonight: Snow, mainly before 4am, could be heavy at times. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible. Low around 25.
The Eastern PA Weather Authority is forecasting 8 to 16 inches of snow for Northampton County, although it's within a geographical zone labeled "High Volatility Zone" on the company's Blizzard of 2013 EPAWA Final Call Snow Map, meaning estimated accumulation amounts could subject to change.
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