For the second time in less than a week, valley residents awoke to a landscape thickly blanketed with snow.
According to Matthew Kramar, a meteorologist at the Pittsburgh office of the National Weather Service in Moon Township, Pa., four to six inches of accumulation were reported from weather stations around the county by 10 a.m. on Saturday, with the rate of snowfall trailing off by noon.
Following closely on the five inches of snow and sleet that fell on Dec. 26, motorists appeared to travel more cautiously as they made their way through the slippery conditions. Area road crews also acted quickly to clear roads around the county. As a result, officers from local police departments and troopers at the Lisbon post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported only a handful of minor accidents on area roadways.
Ila DeJane, a custodian at Riverside Presbyterian Church in Wellsville, spent part of Saturday afternoon clearing the snow from the steps and sidewalk in front the church. (Photo by Richard Sberna)
The snow was generally taken in stride by residents, who spent much of the day digging out cars and shoveling driveways and sidewalks. One of them was Ila DeJane, a custodian at Riverside Presbyterian Church in Wellsville, who was clearing the steps and sidewalk in front of the church in preparation for services and Sunday school the following morning.
"For white fluffy stuff, it can be awfully heavy," DeJane said.
No more than an additional inch of snow was expected by early Sunday morning, with a chance of flurries during the day. The week ahead isn't expected to bring similarly heavy accumulations, though minor snow showers would continue into the New Year's Day holiday. "A couple of inches would not be out of the question," Kramar said.
Kramar urged people to use caution and stay alert to changes in conditions, mentioning that the weather system responsible for Saturday's snowfall traveled farther north than had been originally forecast. "Slight changes in the position of the system can changes the amount of snow," he said.