Region dodges brunt of Northeast snow’s worst

While New England was pounded with a major blizzard, snowfall overnight Friday had very little impact in Williamsport, which received just over one inch of snow that was brought about by a weakening storm system that originated in the Great Lake region, according to Kevin Fitzgerald, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

The latest snow brought the seasonal snowfall for the region to 25 inches, twice the amount (12.3 inches) that fell all of last season, Fitzgerald said.

The eastern part of the state “got brushed” by the same powerful storm that dumped upwards of three feet of snow in Boston, he added.

Laporte received six inches of snow overnight Friday, he said.

It was expected to be bitterly cold this morning, with overnight lows again back in the single digits. However, overnight lows throughout the remainder of the week are expected to ranged between the mid and high 20s.

While there is very little chance of any snowfall is in the local forecast for the next few days, Fitzgerald said, there could be some freezing rain early Monday morning, making driving a bit tricky.

There is a chance of snow showers on Tuesday, and the region could see a mixture of snow, ice and rain on Saturday.

Parts of Pennsylvania saw half a foot of snow, including in northeastern Pennsylvania, but the state escaped the brunt of the storm. Snow-covered roads made for treacherous driving overnight, with numerous accidents reported, but no major crashes or road closures.

Sun-Gazette reporter Philip A. Holmes contributed to this story.