A storm system that dropped a combination of sleet and up to eight inches of snow in parts of Wyoming County starting around midnight last Wednesday, shut all three school districts down also bringing most commerce to a standstill for a bit.
However, PennDOT crews worked round the clock in their efforts to keep the roads clear.
PennDOT representative Mike Taluto reported that the maintenance crews were out before midnight on Wednesday, putting down a pre-treatment brine solution in anticipation of the snow, which arrived in force a few hours later.
Taluto said that 33 operators and four mechanics in Wyoming County worked round-the clock in 12 hour shifts - from midnight to noon, and noon to midnight - putting down salt and cinders and plowing the roads.
Crews were kept busy as snow continued to fall throughout Thursday, but by the end of the day most of the major roads in Wyoming County – including Routes 6, 92, and 29 - were clear.
On Friday, Taluto said that the maintenance staff was finishing up the side roads throughout the side roads in Wyoming County.
Last year, Taluto said, PennDOT used 2,710 tons of salt on the roads, 9,395 gallons brine, and logged 7,778 snow miles to keep the roads clear during winter conditions.
One accident reported due to the storm occurred off the road in a private driveway.
David Opet of Tunkhannock Township reported that he was removing snow from his driveway around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday using an ATV with a plow attached.
Opet explained that when he reached the end of the driveway, he applied the brakes, but the vehicle failed to stop. Opet and the ATV went down over an embankment, but were stopped by some trees growing along the side.
Rescue crews from Tunkhannock Community Ambulance arrived on the scene, and offered assistance.
Opet suffered a cut ear from the accident, but declined medical assistance.
Emergency management coordinator Gene Dziak reported that although the storm proved to be inconvenient for many people, no major incidents were reported during the event.
No trees were reported fallen and no wires were reported down, he said.
“It was a typical winter storm in Northeast Pennsylvania and Wyoming County,” he said.
The snow-day closure in the Lackawanna Trail School District has contributed to the postponement of Trail’s graduation from June 2 to June 9, according to its website.