‘Pennsylvania is Lazy’: 15th Anniversary of the 2007 Valentine’s Day Blizzard

'Pennsylvania is Lazy': 15th Anniversary of the 2007 Valentine's Day Blizzard

‘Pennsylvania is Lazy’: 15th Anniversary of the 2007 Valentine’s Day Blizzard


Hundreds of drivers were stranded on I-95 in Virginia in early January due to snow in the area.

The driver was trapped for hours after the accident involving six tractors.

In central Pennsylvania, the news may be reminiscent of the Valentine’s Day blizzard in 2007, which stranded hundreds of cars on Interstate 78 for 24 hours.

History won’t repeat itself on the 15th anniversary – forecasters say it will be cold but sunny today.

Fifteen years ago, a storm poured snow, followed by freezing rain and more snow along the northeast corridor.

However, most people’s impression of the storm was that hundreds of cars piled up on Interstate 78 and were excavated in the days that followed.

In Pennsylvania, snowfall ranges from a few inches in the lower part of the state to 20 inches in the north.

“Marathon storms have been going on — from snow to sleet to freezing rain to snow — but motorists don’t realize the stark reality they face until most of the horrific mix is ​​on the road. Rut. … 6 or 8 inches of snow—a decent blanket of snow with a decent layer of sleet on top—seems to be solidifying on roads and intersections. The only prudent driving option is to follow the grooves of the vehicle.

The timing of the various elements of the storm appeared to be designed to accommodate road crews. Snow that started at dawn on Tuesday turned to sleet later in the day, then freezing rain and then snow early yesterday.

Even on parts of Interstate 83 and U.S. Route 22/322, crews had difficulty clearing clumps of ice and snow. “This is not an easy storm,” said Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman Greg Penny.,” the Patriot News reported.

Interstate 78 is closed between I-81 and Allentown approximately 50 miles in Lebanon County.

Some drivers were stuck for up to 24 hours between Feb. 14 and Feb. 17.

Parts of Interstate 80 and Interstate 81 were also closed, leaving more motorists stranded.

The National Guard was called in to deliver food, water, coffee, blankets, fuel and baby items to stranded motorists.

Huntington’s Raymond Contras was stuck at a truck stop for two days. “It cost me a lot of money, $1,000 a day,” he told reporters. “Pennsylvania is lazy. They’re not doing what they should. New York and New Jersey are completely open.”

Over the next few days, Governor Ed Rendell said snow removal in the state was “totally unacceptable.” He announced a sweeping review of the cleanup failures that left hundreds of travelers stranded, needed to activate the Pennsylvania National Guard and close hundreds of miles of interstate.

A hearing was held to determine what went wrong.

Allen Biehler, then Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation, said, “PennDOT administrators in several counties failed in initial response. We just didn’t plan well before the storm, or didn’t execute well enough in Berks, Shulkier or Lucerne County after the storm started. Once we fell behind, a series of accidents thwarted our efforts to clear the road. “

Joseph Martz, the executive secretary to Governor Ed Rendell, said state troopers have failed to connect the issues in their response to isolated crashes and other emergencies, and “effectively and swiftly” Take these issues to the highest levels of state government.”

As a result, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency did not fully activate its emergency operations center, a move that essentially shifted the management of storm response from the county to the state.

The disaster on Interstate 78 began around 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, when an eastbound tractor-trailer got stuck on an iceberg near the Shatlesville exit in Berks County, according to state officials. Shortly after, a westbound truck got stuck.

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