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Weekend to bring up to 10 inches of snow, traveling could be ‘hazardous’

It’s winter after all as a noticeable shift in temperatures will arrive tonight, with frigid air blanketing the city and region as a powerful snow storm sweeps toward the city and region, with accumulation totals expected to be up to 10 inches Sunday night through Monday morning.

Expect first the blistering cold air with a high of 15 degrees Saturday, before the snow begins late Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in State College.

Traveling to work Monday morning will be hazardous, and those who must are encouraged to leave early and drive slowly.

Numerous municipal streets and parks departments and police departments are calling for their residents’ cooperation to get through the worst of it, with Martin Luther King Jr. Day a federal holiday Monday and temperatures expected to be back to a high in the mid-30s.

“We need help from residents to move their cars off the street and into a garage or driveway,” a dispatcher with the Williamsport public works department said.

“We also need residents to not throw snow onto the street,” the dispatcher said.

Snow events require parking changes in Loyalsock Township. Loyalsock Township has an ordinance that temporarily regulates parking on township streets during snow events.

On Nov. 23, the board of supervisors adopted the ordinance, and residents who live on township streets are not to park any motor vehicle on the public street following an accumulation of two inches or greater depth of snow on the road surface.

Vehicles are not to be parked on the street until the township plow trucks have cleared the full width of the roadway, according to the ordinance.

“We are aware that some properties do not have a driveway,” said Bill Burdett, township manager. For those residents, an exemption of this ordinance will be granted, however, “they will still be required to follow the odd/even parking schedule during snow events.”

This would require a vehicle to be parked on the odd house numbered side of the street on odd calendar days and the even house numbered side of the street on even calendar days.

The purpose of this ordinance is for safety and to better serve the residents of the township by allowing the township to clear the streets of snow more quickly and efficiently, Burdett said.

“We are asking for our residents help and cooperation by adhering to these new winter weather parking regulations,” he said.

“When possible, get vehicles off the street as soon as possible during any snow event, regardless of time of day or whether a parking ban is in effect,” a notice from Old Lycoming Township Police Department stated.

“This allows our hard working highway crews to clear streets as safely and as soon as possible,” the notice indicated.

Montoursville Borough Police Department said all vehicles must be removed from the borough streets until it has stopped snowing and the snow has been plowed back to the curb.

Also, residents and business owners in the borough must clear sidewalks of snow and ice within 24 hours of the end of the snow storm.

“Do not throw or place snow in the street,” the borough urged. “If you have a fire hydrant on your property, please clear the snow away from it in case the fire department needs to have access.”

South Williamsport Fire Department officials urged residents to be prepared for this weekend cold and snow.

“Avoid taking unnecessary trips when road conditions are poor, and, as always, do not forget to clear fire hydrants in your neighborhood after a large snowfall, because you never know if you may be the one that needs that fire hydrant,” a department alert stated.

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