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Wintry weather closes schools, slows drive around region

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:02:08 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 28 2013 05:49:28 PM CST

The snow sent a very cold wake-up call throughout the region early Monday morning.

The snow sent a very cold wake-up call throughout the region early Monday morning.

Glen Kane started his battle at 5:30 a.m. He was working to ensure his school in Northampton County can reopen Tuesday.

"Sidewalks okay but starting to freeze up with this rain and cold, so I'm out now trying to keep it from freezing up," he said.

What the snow lacked in scale, it made up for in anticipation. School systems throughout the area canceled classes.

"I thought would have had a two-hour delay," said student Damian D'Avella.

As the temperatures climbed, the threat of ice rose for those like Jennifer Kunkle of Laury's Station, Lehigh Co.

"I'm a little concerned because I have kids in the back of my car," Kunkle said.

But according to letter carrier Lani Smith, the main roads were clear.

"It's been slippery. Here it's alright, but back roads slippery," Smith said.

The question now is what's better -- last week's bone chilling cold or Monday's mix of snow and rain.

"The cold weather. Nothing to shovel," said Mark Anthony, of Walnutport, Northampton Co.

"This weather," Kunkle said, even though she admitted it's worse to drive.