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Lake Effect Snow Slams Edinboro

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It was a slippery Sunday for motorists in Edinboro after heavy, wet snow buried the town.

I'll be honest, I was surprised we actually got as much as they were predicting, said Misty Knaus, co-owner of the downtown sports bar, "The Empty Keg," and Edinboro resident.

How much snow did Edinboro get?

"At least a foot, my husband is guessing closer to 18 inches," Knaus said.

"Near our house, maybe a foot," said Irene Petruska. "I think my wife is being liberal with the numbers, I think it was closer to 20 inches," said Gabriel Petruska. The Petruskas own "The Tailor Shop" downtown.
The snow had everyone out shoveling and brushing, even if the exact number of inches was up in the air.

"Last night, we got close to a foot. Six inches at least," said Ian Knox, an Edinboro resident.

Either way, living in the Pennsylvania snow belt, these locals were prepared.

"It's the first significant snow, but living in the snow belt, you have to be ready for it. I have a snow blower hooked up to a tractor so removing snow is almost fun," Petruska said.

Edinboro's plow crews were kept busy, but of course, they can't plow where cars are parked.
Some downtown parking areas weren't plowed overnight on Saturday because some cars were parked between 2-4 am, despite the no parking mandate. And that makes it tough for businesses the next day.

"Most of the business owners will shovel walk ways so customers may have to park a little bit further," Knaus said.

But when the snow gets heavy, the top concern on everyone's mind is safety.
"We stay off the road as much as possible. Plus, at my age, I don't go crazy on the road anymore," Petruska said.

"People in Edinboro know. We don't want to wreck, it ruins our day," Knaus said.

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