Forecasters note an increase in Pa. winter weather events this year

Written by on February 19, 2021

 Forecasters note an increase in Pa. winter weather events this year

By Sam Dunklau / WITF

Feburary 19, 2021

A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation truck plows snow from an overpass on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Evans City, Pa. Over three inches of snow had already fallen and more is on the way as the storm moves across the northeast of the country. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

As state agencies respond to yet another snowstorm in the central and eastern parts of the Commonwealth, forecasters note the increase in winter weather events this year.

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Snowy driveways, speed restrictions on major roads, and cold temperatures are all part of winter life in Pennsylvania.

But what’s different this season is the sheer amount of snow that has fallen in some places and how often storms have popped up.

State Meteorologist Jeff Jumper says cities like Pittsburgh and Williamsport have seen the tenth highest snowfall totals on record so far.

“We are seeing significant [weather events]. Every two to three days, to get a snowstorm, is unusual for us as of late,” Jumper says.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) reports its plow trucks have even been deploying more salt than usual.  

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