February 11, 2014 at 8:00 AM
Methacton School District decided Monday to make up one of the many missed snow days of school on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The extended weekend, designed to allow for both President’s Day holidays and in-service work for staff, was cut shot a day to make up for missed time. According to the weather alerts from the National Weather Service, it looks like the discussion of make-up dates might not be a thing of the past.
NWS has announced a Winter Storm Watch for Montgomery County, which includes a forecast of six to eight additional inches of snow and ice. The watch is in effect from Wednesday at 7 p.m. to Friday at 1 a.m.
“Snow accumulations are forecast to generally range from six to eight inches with amounts over eight inches possible in the higher terrain of Eastern Pennsylvania,” said the NWS watch alert. “Ice accumulations are expected to range from a trace up to one-quarter inch.”
NWS expects the rain, sleet and snow to begin as mostly snow on Wednesday night.
“Snow is forecasted to change over to snow, sleet and freezing rain mix during the day on Thursday,” said the alert, “before changing to snow and tapering off Thursday night.”
The Weather Service said that such weather will likely affect area traffic and travel.
“Travel could be significantly impacted across the region, especially on Thursday,” said the service. “In addition to travel impacts, winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 25 mpg will be possible on Thursday, which could lead to power outages if significant ice accumulations occur by the time winds increase.”
Many of the township’s residents were without power last week as storms took down many tree branches due to heavy snow and ice build-ups.
According to homefacts.com, Lower Providence Township only averages around two inches of snow per winter month.
“November averages 1.8 inches, December 1 inch, January 2 inches and February 2 inches.,” said the site’s graph. All other months of the year, according to the site, are reported at zero inches of snowfall on average.
Weather Underground reports that the township has already had 43.3 inches of recorded snowfall since July 2013.
As previously reported on Lower Providence TAP, the school days for Methacton students will now flow into a later week come June.
“According to the district’s original 2013-14 school year calendar, the next dates for selection would be Monday, June 16 and Tuesday, June 17, forcing children into an additional week of school,” said the report. “School was originally scheduled to end on Thursday, June 12.”