LOCK HAVEN - Central Pennsylvania got hit by a good old fashioned Nor'easter Wednesday afternoon.
The storm, lasting into this morning, sparked a large number of accidents in central Pennsylvania, and a full mobilization of road crews, police and emergency responders to clean up after the blizzard.
It is winter, after all.
JIM RUNKLE/THE EXPRESS
It looked almost like a ghost town in Lock Haven Wednesday afternoon as blowing snow created an ominous scene as only a scant number of vehicles and pedestrians made their way up Main Street on the day after Christmas. Many had the day off and others chose to stay at home during the storm.
It wasn't more than a half-hour into the first snowflakes that the region's emergency radio scanners began to chatter about accidents, with vehicles skidding off roads and tractor-trailers or automobiles crashing on ice-covered roads.
The area's emergency responders had a very busy time early into the storm, as unprepared motorists hit snow-covered, slippery highways.
Not that there wasn't any warning - The National Weather Service Office in State College had issued a storm advisory earlier in the week and upgraded that to "Storm Warning" status Tuesday evening, a full 12 hours before the snow actually arrived.
The cleanup crews were also assisted by happenstance ... The extended Christmas holiday had resulted in a large number of local businesses closing their doors and, as a result, there were fewer vehicles on the highway than might normally be expected.
For the full story, see today's print edition of The Express.