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Storm Drops 9.4 Inches Of Snow At Airport

November 16, 2018 GMT

Update 10:27 a.m. The autumn storm that dropped nearly a foot of snow on the region Thursday overmatched numerous drivers on area interstates, leaving many spinning wheels and ditching cars on icy highways.

Traffic snarled to a standstill for hours as police, tow companies and plow trucks struggled to keep up with the storm.

As midnight approached, interstate traffic was moving again, said Trooper Bob Urban, a spokesman at the Dunmore-based Troop R of the state police.

“Basically, what it comes down to was nobody was prepared,” Urban said. “All the vehicles I attended to on patrol — every single one — had bald tires.”

The state police this morning released a list of tow truck companies used to clear abandoned vehicles. The agency asked those who left cars behind to call and find them.

“Do NOT abandon your vehicle in the middle of the roadway,” Urban said in a statemen. “This creates a safety hazard and becomes an obstruction for snow removal!”

Through midnight, 9.4 inches of snow fell at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, according to the National Weather Service. That was a record for Nov. 15, eclipsing 6 inches on the date in 1906.

The storm will enter the books as at least the third-biggest November snowfall since record keeping began locally in 1901. When snowfall totals from today are added, the storm could move up to No. 2 all-time. The biggest November storm on record was Thanksgiving Day in 1971, when the region was slammed with 18.5 inches of snow.

Update 10:04 a.m. PennDOT has lifted the speed limit restrictions that were in place on several roadways in the region as of 9 a.m.  Due to the winter storm impacting the region, speed limits were reduced yesterday to 45 mph on interstates and several other routes in the region. All speeds are restored to their usual posted limits.  PennDOT is continuing to treat roadways in the area and will continue until roads are clear. NOTE: Have an interesting story or photo from the storm? We want to hear from you. Email us at citydesk@citizensvoice.com. Staff writers Joseph Kohut and David Singleton contributed to this report