So far the predicated spring coastal storm that’s forecast to pound the area with snow and sleet has done little but produce overcast skies, a bit of snow and some ice pellets. But local officials aren’t taking any chances, issuing snow emergencies that will limit where you can park your vehicles.
In Hellertown borough and Lower Saucon Township, snow emergencies will take effect at 9 p.m. and remain in effect until further notice. For a list of designated snow emergency routes in the borough, click here. Snow emergencies in the township are generally declared for official purposes, and have little effect on on-street parking, except in cul-de-sacs.
For those in need of off-street parking in the borough, the parking lots at Dimmick Park, Water Street Park, Tobias Drive and the post office (cars must be removed from them within 24 hours after the storm ends).
Garbage in the borough will be collected as scheduled.
As of 5:30 p.m. the Saucon Valley School District and local Catholic schools have not made any announcements about classes Wednesday, however Tuesday night’s combined middle and high school band/chorus concert at Saucon Valley High School has been postponed until Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m., due to the weather forecast.
It has also been announced that the senior center at Seidersville Hall, 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem (in the Lower Saucon Township municipal complex) will be closed Wednesday.
A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect through 11 p.m. Wednesday for snow accumulations of 7 to 10 inches, with localized amounts of up to 14 inches, across Northampton County.
“Plan on very difficult travel conditions, especially Wednesday afternoon and evening including (during) the evening commute on Wednesday,” the NWS said in its Tuesday afternoon statement. “Snowfall rates of of 1 to 3 inches per hour are expected at times Wednesday afternoon and early evening when visibility should be reduced to less than half a mile.
“The highest accumulations will be in the hilly areas,” according to the warning statement. “In the meantime…the snow, and possible sleet or freezing rain mixture this evening may quit for a time or become very light, before developing in earnest early Wednesday morning. Blowing and drifting snow is possible on Thursday.”
Continue to follow Saucon Source on Facebook and Instagram for updates on this developing early spring snowstorm. Also follow the Borough of Hellertown, Lower Saucon Township and their respective police departments on Facebook, and register to receive email updates on their respective websites: HellertownBorough.org and LowerSauconTownship.org.