STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Airports canceled flights, hundreds of schools dismissed early, and all manner of Friday-night events were postponed as a massive storm dumped snow on parts of eastern and central Pennsylvania — just in time for the evening commute — but seemed to cause few major problems.
The National Weather Service revised its snow forecast downward and predicted the heaviest accumulation in Pennsylvania would total 8-10 inches in the Pocono Mountains. Philadelphia expected 2-4 inches. Other parts of central and eastern Pennsylvania could see 2-8 inches by Saturday morning.
Crews treated the roads ahead of the storm, but major arteries in northeastern Pennsylvania were either slushy or snow-covered Friday night as the storm blanketed the region with an inch an hour.
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency reported no road closures or major problems as the storm intensified, and only a few hundred customers were without power late Friday — though more were possible overnight.
Still, nobody was taking chances. Public and private schools, colleges and universities throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania made the decision to close early in response to earlier forecasts of more than a foot of snow in the Poconos and lesser amounts elsewhere.
Philadelphia International Airport reported 250 canceled flights Friday, while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport also reported a handful of cancelations. And bus service from Pennsylvania into New York City and other areas of New York and New Jersey was curtailed, stranding some passengers.