Schuylkill gets more snow, but 40s on the way for rest of the week

Christine Lee, Republican & Herald, Pottsville, Pa.
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Feb. 23—Schuylkill County had even more snow Monday, but the forecast looks mostly clear and a bit warmer for the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow that began Monday morning wound down for the evening commute. Charles Ross, a meteorologist with the agency's State College office, said there was 4 inches of snow reported in Tower City, while Orwigsburg saw 3.2 inches.

The wintry conditions caused officials at PennDOT District 5 to temporarily reduce the speed limit on Interstate 81 in the county to 45 mph and restrict trucks to the right lane.

Starting Tuesday, Ross said it will be milder with a "weak" weather system that will mostly be rain later in the week. Forecast highs for the rest of the week are 41 on Tuesday, 45 on Wednesday, 42 on Thursday, 40 on Friday and 44 Saturday and Sunday.

He said the weather will be typical of that in late winter and early spring.

"It will be more weather that we are used to seeing for this time of year," he said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Fitzgerald, who also works out of the agency's State College office, said snowfall this winter has been above normal, whereas last year was below normal. That has played out locally. Mahanoy City had received 31.2 inches as of Monday compared to 7.1 inches at the same time last year.

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