Snow Shuts Down Schools, Businesses in Easton

The winter storm could now bring four to eight inches of snow to the Lehigh Valley, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

Residents shovel their sidewalks along Berwick Street Tuesday.
Residents shovel their sidewalks along Berwick Street Tuesday.
Tuesday's storm dumped several inches of snow on the Easton area, shutting down schools and businesses and chasing people inside to escape the icy winds.

The city declared a snow emergency effective at noon Tuesday, scheduled to end at noon Wednesday.

That means two things:

1. If you live on one of the city's snow emergency routes -- Easton has them in all four neighborhoods -- you need to move your car. 

2. Once you move it, you can keep your car in the city's parking garage, for free, until 2 p.m. Wednesday.

You can find a copy of the emergency routes on the city website.

The borough of West Easton also declared a snow emergency, from 3 p.m. Tuesday until 1 p.m. Wednesday. All residents along the snow emergency route must move their vehicles.

Events were cancelled around the city Tuesday, including a public hearing on a proposed charter school for the Easton Area School District. Lafayette College cancelled classes in the afternoon.

The Boys & Girls Club of Easton cancelled all after school activity, while Easotn City Council cancelled its committee meetings.

The storm caused a few businesses—Two Rivers Brewing, Cosmic Cup and Mesa—to close their doors, with promises to reopen Wednesday.

Easton schools were open part of the day Tuesday, with students attending class for a few hours in the morning before returning home.


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