Freezing Rain Advisory Posted
All of us who live in the Susquehanna Valley could be in for some questionable weather Friday. The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for most of central and eastern Pennsylvania starting at 4 O'clock Friday morning. In it's advisory... the NWS says most of the freezing rain will be south of Interstate 80. Although less than a tenth of an inch of ice is expected to accumulate... there will be a build up on bridges and overpasses. We'll keep you posted on developments during the Friday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.
PPL Sets Record
A blast of arctic air, the coldest in decades, spurred a new record for peak power demand this week from PPL Electric Utilities customers. Preliminary figures show the demand on the system for the hour ending at 6 p.m. Tuesday was 7.7 megawatt-hours. That eclipsed the previous all-time winter peak of 7.5 megawatt-hours set in early February of 2007. A PPL spokesperson says the utility delivered the power without any notable problems.
Triple - A
The cold weather kept roadside assistance crews busy as AAA Mid Atlantic saw double the usual number of calls this week. Battery trouble was the top cause of calls for help says the Triple A's Jenny Robinson. With temperatures at 0, a battery loses about 60% of its power. Even at 32 degrees... it loses about 35% percent, which means you may still not be in the clear, especially if you have an older battery. Robinson says batteries over three years old are nearing the end of their life span.
For the third consecutive year, the Montour County team “Time Warp” wove a winning wrap during 35th Sheep-to-Shawl Competition Wednesday at the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Team member Katherine Dashner of Woolrich... in Clinton County... telling me that weaving an item from scratch provides a sense of accomplishment. The team began weaving in the Sheep to Shawl competition in 2002... and since that time has won the event a total of seven years. The 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show runs through Saturday evening.
Trash to Treasure
The Columbia County United Way will do a bit of fund raising Saturday... as they hold their winter Trash – to – Treasure sale on the Bloomsburg University campus. Appearing on the WHLM Morning Buzz Wednesday with Joe and Norm.... the United Way's John Thomas says there are some laptop computers... which won't last long. The sale will be held Saturday starting at 9 O'clock in the Kehr Union ballroom. You can get early bird tickets which gets you in the building an hour earlier by stopping by the United Way office on Penn Street.
The Northumberland County Sheriff says he'll resign later this month. Sheriff Chad Reiner says his resignation is effective on the 24th. The reason... County Commissioners cutting the sheriff's salary in half from $54,000 to $31,000 a year. Reiner says he can't support his family... and in this case... family comes first. Late last year... commissioners Vinni Clausi and Stephen Bridy supported the move to slash salaries for eight row officers... including the sheriff... to save the county money. Now... the Sheriff's duties will be turned over to the department's chief deputy.
More than 40 residents of a personal care home in the back mountain area of Luzerne County had to be moved to another facility due to a broken sprinkler on the third floor.... flooding their building. First responders were called to the Meadow Manor in Dallas early Wednesday morning. The residents were evacuated to another care home in the area. It's believed the residents will be back in their rooms this week following clean up.
A robbery in Larksville Wednesday afternoon... on Wyoming Valley's west side. Authorities say a masked man strolled into Thomas' Market... produced a black handgun... and got away with an estimated $300 in cash. No one was hurt. Now... investigators are looking at security video of the incident.
Tower City Fire
Fire investigators will try and figure out what started a blaze in a Schuylkill County machine shop Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters were called to K&E Precision in the 1700 block of East Grand Avenue outside Tower City around 4 O'clock. The business was extensively damaged. No injuries were reported.