Spring snow blankets the Freeland region

The spring snowstorm is wreaking havoc on our area Tuesday morning, including the Freeland area.

FREELAND, Pa. — Snowy roads made things slippery for drivers in Luzerne County Tuesday morning.

Freelanders woke up to spring buds on snow-covered trees.

And there was a lot of noise – the unmistakable sound of a snowplow scraping the sidewalk and the howling wind blowing this new snow everywhere.

Ray Morel said it felt like a blizzard just after midnight, and it forced a trip to find his snow-fighting gear.

“I have to go down to the basement and get it all back because I thought we weren’t going to get any more snow, but you see, we got it,” he laughed.

Lorne Rish is responsible for keeping the streets of Freeland clear.

“It’s always bad in Freeland. It doesn’t matter. It always comes and goes.”

The spring street sweeping program has been halted, but it’s just one more day in his department.

Rich Gortva saw this coming. He looked at the long-range forecast and put the plow back on his van three days ago. Still, it was a risky day.

“Wretched. Everything is slippery,” Gorvta said. “It’s all wet and the roads are all slippery.”

The overnight snow just didn’t weigh on your back. It just didn’t weigh on your budget. It had an impact on your emotions. Ask Gene Dellacroce. He had the grueling task of clearing inches of deep wet snow from the sidewalk in front of his Center Street home.

“April snow isn’t unusual then, but is it depressing?” Yes, but it’s depressing, but we’ll be 50 tomorrow, and here we go.

Then spring returns to Freeland and the rest of our region.

Thousands of people are also without power across the region on Tuesday.

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