If you haven’t made your grocery run for milk, eggs, and bread yet, you might want to take a break and do that first.
The snow is coming, and although not a flake has fallen yet, local municipalities and school districts are already taking steps to prepare for the expected accumulation.
Lebanon County Weather reports that up to 18 inches are forecasted here, with a high confidence level that we will see at least a foot even if the worst of it doesn’t come to pass.
Lebanon County Weather also notes that our region is expected to lie close to an intense band of frontogenesis, an area between two air masses, where “puking snow” is expected at rates in excess of 2-3 inches per hour. If Lebanon County were to end up in this band, 18+ inches of snow would be likely.
Justin Snyder of Lebanon County Weather told LebTown that he expects folks will be able to safely go about their business again on public roads, without special snow tires or vehicles, sometime around Thursday mid to late morning, although blowing and drifting may still be an issue as the storm pulls away.
County offices will close at noon today and will be closed on Thursday.
Myerstown Borough and the City of Lebanon have both announced snow emergencies for later today, with Myerstown’s starting at 9 a.m. and Lebanon’s beginning at 2 p.m.
During snow emergencies, residents must move vehicles from designated snow emergency routes. (See below for list of these routes in Myerstown and Lebanon. If you have information we should add to this list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
While the snow emergency is in effect, all metered City of Lebanon parking lots will be open and free to the public.
Myerstown Borough also announced some parking changes. No parking will be allowed in the lot on the east side of College Street, just north of Main Avenue, located at 57 West Main Avenue, and no parking will be allowed in the lot on the west side of South Locust Street from Main Avenue to Madison Alley until snow has been cleared. The borough noted that parking is allowed at all times in the lot located at 6-8 East Main Avenue and in the swimming pool lot located at the southwest corner of West Center Avenue and South Railroad Street.
County school districts, with the exception of Lebanon School District, will be operating virtually today or dismissing students early. No district has officially announced closure for Thursday as of yet.
For real-time updates on the snow, follow Lebanon County Weather on Facebook.
This section will be updated as further delays and closures are announced.
Annville-Cleona School District
Wednesday is virtual day (in part to provide time to clean secondary school and reset case count for building, according to district website). Closed Thursday.
Cornwall-Lebanon School District
Early dismissal on Wednesday. Closed Thursday, including students in virtual options.
Eastern Lebanon County School District
Early dismissal on Wednesday. Closed Thursday.
Lebanon School District
Palmyra Area School District
Early dismissal on Wednesday. Closed Thursday.
Northern Lebanon School District
Normal asynchronous day on Wednesday for MS and HS. Early dismissal for elementary. Closed Thursday.
Snow Emergency Routes
Quentin Road from Duke Street to Cornwall Road
Twelfth Street from Cumberland Street to Walnut Street
Tenth Street from Maple Street to Quentin Road
Ninth Street from Cornwall Road to Maple Street
Eighth Street from Orange Street to Maple Street
Lincoln Avenue from Walnut Street to Maple Street
Fifth Avenue from Walnut Street to Cumberland Street
Maple Street from Ninth Street to Tenth Street
Lehman Street from Fourteenth Street to Lincoln Avenue
Cumberland Street from Sixteenth Street to Fifth Avenue
Walnut Street from Twelfth Street to Fifth Avenue
Orange Street from Eighth Street to Cornwall Road
Cornwall Road from Quentin Road to Orange Street
Third Street from Cumberland Street to Hathaway Park
Mifflin Street from Ninth Street to Tenth Street.
The City of Lebanon also asked that parking be avoided on Maple Street from Lincoln Avenue to Ninth Street as plows will frequently be passing through this area.
Cherry Street between East Washington Avenue and East Richland Avenue
College Street between the north Borough line and south Borough line
Main Avenue between the east Borough line and west Borough line
Railroad Street between the north Borough line and south Borough line
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