A winter weather advisory has been issued for the Southern Tier for tonight and tomorrow. A mix of snow and freezing rain will move into our area this evening, making for a potentially slippery commute home. We could see a few inches of snow and some ice overnight. The mix is expected to change over to all rain tomorrow, with periods of heavy rain possible. The weather service says the rain and fresh snow could lead to some minor flooding. As always, keep listening to your emergency station News Radio WEBO for updates.
A wind chill warning has been issued for tomorrow night into Sunday morning by the National Weather Service in Binghamton. The warning has been issued for 4PM tomorrow through 1PM Sunday. Wind chill values are expected to be as low as 20 to 35 degrees below zero. This could lead to potential frostbite and hypothermia, as well as frozen pipes.
As a result of the low temperatures this weekend, the American Red Cross has released information on how to stay safe in cold weather. It’s best to wear multiple layers of lightweight clothing, including a hat and gloves to prevent losing body heat. Do not heat your home with an open oven or stove, and keep flammable materials away from space heaters. Be sure to bring your pets indoors as well.
A special ceremony at noon tomorrow at the Veterans Memorial at Court House Square in Owego will kick off a very special undertaking in our area. Wreaths Across America has a mission of placing a wreath on every veteran’s grave this holiday season. Locally, this effort is being taken on by several veteran’s organizations, including the Honor Guard of the Glenn A Warner VFW Post 1371, and the Gold Star Mothers and Families. There is said to be about 5,000 veterans in over 100 cemeteries in Tioga County alone. The local Wreaths Across America effort this year has also expanded to Northern Bradford and Northern Susquehanna Counties as well. Tomorrow’s ceremony will feature a special invocation and benediction by Reverend Terry Steenburg.
Pennsylvania State Police in Gibson confirmed that a person was hit by a train yesterday morning. Emergency reports from Susquehanna County indicated first responders were called to the vicinity of the overpass in Hallstead. The individual was walking on the tracks when hit. PSP troopers would not provide any further information on the incident.
Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a suspect they say robbed the Montrose Beer and Deli in Susquehanna County. It happened just before 10 pm Tuesday at the store, formerly known as Lockhart’s Deli, on State Route 29 in Bridgewater Township. According to troopers, an unidentified man entered the store and held the clerk at gunpoint. The suspect stole more than $1,000 from the register. He then got into a waiting vehicle, a small SUV, possibly a dark-colored Jeep Liberty, and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. While heading south on SR 29 toward Tunkhannock, the SUV hit another car traveling in the opposite direction. The SUV then fled the crash scene. Nobody was injured. In a press release, troopers described the suspect as a white male wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, a black bandana covering his face and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at (570) 465-3154.
The Little Meadows Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad broke ground on its new fire station and community hall yesterday. The new building will be able to house all of the department’s fire trucks, which the old facility did not have space for. The $875,000 project was made possible through donations from Talisman Energy USA, along with local businesses and private donors. More than $82,000 for the project was covered by private contributions alone.
An elderly woman from Susquehanna County is safe after flames tore through her home in Montrose yesterday. Sarah Bertsch, who is in her 90s, escaped a three-alarm fire at 164 Lake Avenue. Firefighters said working smoke detectors saved her life. Firefighters said a group of landscapers called 911 at approximately 2:45 p.m. Although first responders have not said what caused the fire, they said flames started on the first floor and spread into the attic, wiping out the second floor of the home. The house was built in the 1850s, and firefighters said the age of the building made the blaze more difficult to extinguish. Fire crews from at least a half-dozen departments helped put the fire out– an effort that took several hours. The fire is under investigation.
A fire at a home in Susquehanna County had multiple departments on scene for hours. The Harford Fire Department was the first department on scene last night around 10:30. The fire happened at a home on State Route 547, right off of Route 11. Nine other departments assisted Harford Fire on scene. The people living at the home were not inside at the time of the fire. There were no injuries reported.