Our first batch of winter weather is starting to force schools to close early on Tuesday.
* Bloomsburg Area - secondary school to dismiss at 12:30 with the Elementary school to close at 1:30 PM
* St. Columba School will close at 12:30
* Benton Area will close at 12 Noon.
* Central Columbia Middle and High School at 12 Noon... with the Elementary school dismissed at 1 PM.
* Berwick Area Schools to dismiss early. Secondary will be relased at 12:15 with the Elementary students released at 1:00 PM. There will be NO parent - teacher conference.
* Columbia County Christian School will let out at 12 noon...
* The Sullivan County School district will dismiss students at 1 PM.
* The Columbia - Montour Vo - Tech School is dismissing early
* Luzerne County Community College will close at 2 PM.
* The Catherine Treon School of Dance in Sunbury will not hold classes today.
Other school district are formulating their plans as to shut down early for the day... or follow their usual dismissal times.
A mixed bag of wintry precipitation will roll across PA starting Tuesday... and there is a winter weather advisory posted through 9 PM. The precipitation began across the Susquehanna Valley around 4 O'clock Tuesday morning... with slippery road reported. PennDOT spreading anti – skid material on highways. National Weather Service meteorologist Aaron Tyburski says the changeover from snow to rain will occur as the storm moves eastward. The NWS says we could get up to two inches of snow in our area.
Interstate 80 Crash
A collision between a tractor – trailer and a car... and the resulting fire shut down the eastbound lane of Interstate 80 for hours Monday afternoon. Our media partner... Newswatch 16... says the accident happened near the Mifflinville interchange... when a trucker pulled out to pass... and didn't see a car in his blind spot. The two collided with the big rig with the car stuck under the rear tires of the trailer. The accident backed up traffic all the way to the Lightstreet Interchange. No one was injured in that accident in Mifflin Township.
Scott Twp. Budget
Scott Township supervisors are expected to put their stamp of approval on the townships $1.2 - million 2014 budget when they meet Tuesday night. Township Secretary Eric Stahley says supervisors reached a consensus on the proposed spending plan without too much hemming and hawing since the proposal is pretty straight forward. Stahley says services remain status quo... as well as the property tax bill despite the loss of assessment of homes lost in the 2011 Lee flood which no longer exist.
Salem Township Meth Lab
State and federal officers took at 37 – year old man into custody in Salem Township after they found an active meth lab in a trailer on Sleepy Hollow Lane. Chris Cragle... and a companion were busted Monday after authorities got information from an informant. This is not the first time Cragle has been busted. He was charged a year ago with several drug making offenses. Cragle is being held at the Luzerne County Correctional facility.
He was charged with a double murder eleven years ago... and now he's scheduled to head to trial. Hugo Selenski's trial will begin in Luzerne County Court March 3rd. The 39 – year old Selenski is accusing of the 2002 killing of a Pharmacist and his girlfriend... burying the bodies on his Kingston Township property.
It will be a match up of two unbeaten high school football teams when Berwick plays Clearfield Friday night in a Class AAA state quarterfinal. Clearfield coach Tim Janocko telling WHLM's Jim Doyle he has alot of respect for Berwick coach George Curry and the Bulldogs. Friday night's Clearfield-Berwick game will be played in Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall. Coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 will start at 6 O'clock with The Coach Curry Show.
Harlon Hil Award
Two of the nation's top running backs will be on display Saturday when Bloomsburg University plays West Chester in an NCAA playoff game at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. On Monday... the nine finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy were announced and Bloomsburg's Franklyn Quiteh and West Chester's Rondell White are both on the list. The Harlon Hill trophy goes to the nation's top Division II player.
In the NFL Monday night... the San Francisco 49er's defeated the Washington Redskins 27 to 6...