Snowstorm socks Lehigh Valley
Record snowfall of 6-10 inches fells trees, clogs roads, cuts power to more than 100,000 in Lehigh Valley.
By Scott Kraus and Marion Callahan, Of The Morning Call
11:04 PM EDT, October 29, 2011
Police and public works crews throughout the region scrambled to keep up with fallen trees that blocked roads, downed limbs that fell on cars and houses, traffic light outages that clogged intersections and cars that skidded off roads or into each other.
“We are completely overwhelmed at this point,” said one Allentown dispatcher, juggling numerous reports as the storm pounded the area late Saturday afternoon.
The National Weather Service said the storm dropped 6-10 inches of snow in the region, as expected, though meteorologists had not calculated exact totals Saturday night. Observers reported to the weather service accumulations of 13 inches in Williams Township, 12 inches in Tobyhanna, 10 inches in New Tripoli, 9.5 inches in Bushkill Township and 6.8 inches in Allentown.
It was the heaviest October snowfall in the area’s recorded history, far surpassing the 2.2 inches that fell in Allentown on Oct. 31, 1925.