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Lower speeds on 422; Snow delays snowshoe race

No, the photo of the sign (above), captured by AccuWeather Inc. from a traffic camera screenshot, is not for our area. It focuses on New England, where snowfall of up to 3 feet is expected on Saturday. Read his live blog here.

SANATOGA PA – A northeasterly storm of major proportions is expected to pass along the eastern edge of Pennsylvania between Friday and Saturday nights (January 28-29, 2022). It’s forecast to bring only light to moderate snowfall to western Montgomery County, but much more to the Philadelphia area 35 miles south, and more to the Jersey Shore.

As they sometimes do, Posts follow the progress of the storm and the events surrounding it with a series of brief observations in this single story. Think of it as a blog about the bomb cyclone, a term that has been mentioned frequently in recent days. We encourage readers to check back periodically. Things can change quickly.

Saturday, 5:48 p.m.: “Scary Temperatures”

The folks at Action News (WPVI, Philadelphia, Channel 6) are reporting the temperature in Pottstown right now it’s 19 degrees, but by 3 p.m. her forecasters say it will be much colder due to wind chills. Chris Sowers called the conditions a “six layer day. No kidding.’ His good news? Snowfall in Montgomery County is ‘a really light event’; in Norristown, however, 4.5 inches fell. The storm is expected to dissipate from southeastern Pennsylvania d noon, the team said.

Saturday, 5:26 am: ‘Hi, there! I’m Bobby!’

CDL Life, an online news service that serves the commercial trucking industry and its drivers, reports that this latest assault from Mother Nature has a name. His name is “Winter Storm Bobby,” the press service said. Several other sources of information, here, confirm it.

Saturday, 4:37 a.m.: Calm on the Montgomery County emergency front

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A check of the active incident dispatch status website (above) operated by the Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center in Eagleville indicates things are quiet on county roads early Saturday. It followed a single vehicle accident, in Whitemarsh, and three disabled vehicles in Abington, Towamencin and Franconia, respectively.

Saturday, 1:30 a.m.: State reduces speed on 422, other roads

Speed ​​limits along the length of U.S. Route 422 up to Montgomery County were reduced to 45 miles per hour, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported. US Routes 202, 30 and 1 were also limited to 45 mph, he added; Interstates 76, 95, 295, 476 and 676; and State Routes 63, 100 Spur, and 309. PennDOT also wants most commercial vehicles to stay off these highways until notified otherwise.

Friday, 11:24 p.m.: The races must continue

Ernie Saxton, who retired a few months ago from his promotional work for Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, was busy Friday night in, of all places, Atlantic City NJ. Despite heavy snow forecast for coastal areas, Saxton and an audience of racing fans gathered in Boardwalk Hall to watch the indoor motor racing championship. Another crowd is expected to return Saturday night for “the 19th annual NAPA Know How Gambler’s Classic for TQ Midgets, which will compete over a 40-lap distance with 26 starters,” Saxton reports.

Friday, 8:22 p.m.: Snowy Irony for the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy

Just found a review from the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy. Its Saturday, January 29, the Snowshoe 5K cross-country event is scheduled for Spring Mount Ski Resort in Schwenksville was rescheduled to Sunday (January 30)…because of the snow storm. Conservation is now promoting it as an “overnight” activity. It starts at 7 p.m., as well as its shorter race, the Full Moon Snow Stomp.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Friday, 5:18 p.m.: Bye, Bye Bingo

“Out of an abundance of caution for our bingo players and fire station volunteers,” New Hanover Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services wrote on their Facebook page their bingo games have been cancelled.

Friday, 5:17 p.m.: Look on the bright side, suggests AccuWeather

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If it’s purple, you really, really don’t want to be there.
Graphics card courtesy of AccuWeather Inc., State College PA

Forecasters at AccuWeather Inc. in State University PA, with a story they forwarded for potential publication, reminded us once again that someone, somewhere is always worse off than us.

“The storm could dump over 3 feet of snow and winds of up to 90 mph,” he wrote, “as it hits eastern New England and creates an all-out blizzard — one that has no only the potential to be a top five winter storm for cities like Boston, but could leave a lasting impression on the region for this decade and perhaps many more to come.

Friday, 3:10 p.m.: MCCC Closed on Saturday

“Due to weather forecasts,” Montgomery County Community College said in an email, “MCCC physical locations are not accessible on Saturday, January 29.” Its three campuses, PottstownInstitute of Culinary Arts Lansdaleand the main campus of blue bellwill be closed.

Friday, 3.09pm: Lower Salford declares a snow emergency

The Township of Lower Salford “declared a snow emergency commencing at 6 p.m. Friday and ending at 6 a.m. Saturday. During a snow emergency,” it said, “residents on the streets who are flagged as a snow emergency street (must ensure) vehicles are off the street, or your vehicle may be ticketed or towed away.

All Lower Salford residents are also asked to “do their best to remove all types of sporting equipment, trash cans, recycling bins and decorations from the right-of-way. A good rule of thumb is to have these items at least 10 feet from the curb.

Friday, 3:08 p.m.: Joe Ciresi sends his warmest wishes

The newsletter sent regularly by e-mail from the Royersford The office of 146th House District Representative Joe Ciresi arrived in the email inboxes of subscribed voters, with a timely greeting. “Snow is falling, so stay safe and stay warm when you’re out today,” he wrote. He even included a graphic offering winter safety tips for pet owners.

Friday, 11:11 a.m.: PennDOT gears up for press

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 6 Media Relations Team, headquartered in king of prussia, is extremely effective. It’s already notified Posts and other Montgomery, Chester, Philadelphia, Delaware and Bucks county news outlets whose staff will be available to reporters for interviews and answers to questions as the storm spreads.

Despite being over 6 years old, PennDOT still has a video on their YouTube channel discussing how they prepare for winter storms. See above.

Top photo courtesy of AccuWeather Inc., State College PA