David Waples National Fuel
Farmers, motorists, students battle subzero temperatures By CLAUDIA COATES Associated Press Writer Farmers battled subzero temperatures temperatures to feed livestock Tuesday while motorists were advised to avoid driving and students were told to stay home. Three weather-related deaths w e r e r e p o r t e d a c r o s s Pennsylvania. A 30-mile stretch of Interstate 80 eastbound reopened Tuesday afternoon afternoon between Bloomsburg and Hazleton after being closed for several several hours by a series of tractor- trailer accidents. At Pittsburgh International Airport, Airport, the temperature fell to 7 degrees degrees below zero about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, a record for the date By afternoon, it had wanned to minus 4. But temperatures across the state were expected to drop as low as minus 25 by Wednesday morning, morning, creating the possibility of wind chills as low as 60 below zero, the National Weather Service reported Dairy farmer Dean Salvatora of Gibsonia in suburban Pittsburgh kept his cattle inside a barn while he chopped and thawed chunks of frozen feed and checked and rechecked rechecked the barn's water pipes. "Its harder on us than it is on the animals," he said Bruce Schmucfcer, a veterinarian veterinarian for the state Agriculture Department, Department, said despite the extreme cold, farm animals were all right "The cow develops a heavier hair coat in the winter. So does a horse," Schmucker said. "He has his own sweater." Farmers need to be concerned with providing ventilation to prevent prevent the spread of disease and with making sure pipes don't freeze, interrupting interrupting the livestock's supply of water, Schmucker said. A Somerset County farmer learned how resilient a newborn lamb can be. Dave Svonavec, a farmer farmer near Rockwood, found two new Iambs in the barn at 4 a,m. Saturday. Saturday. They were frozen stiff and seemed dead, but the family used hair dryers and heating pads to revive revive them. "We'd given them up for dead," Betty Lou Svonavec said. "Tin still amazed they came "back-"" ^ ~ The lambs were dressed in children's sweaters and returned to barn Monday. In York County, a barn, roof collapsed and trapped 15 cattle, fire officials said. A tractor was used tear apart the wood and metal frame and free the animals Tuesday morning. The roof broke one cow's and another cow's hip. The were likely to be shot, said Norris, public information officer for the West Manchester Fire The barn was one of four buildings in the county that had collapsed under a foot of snow. La Erie, a woman who had wearing several jackets to keep warm in a house with no found dead. Erie County Coroner Merle Wood said Carol Morris, may have died of hypothermia. Wood estimated the temperature Morris' home was 40 degrees. David Waples, a spokesman National Fuel Gas, said Morris repeatedly rebuffed the utility's efforts to enter her home and her service, which was cut off May for non-payment. In suburban Philadelphia, Ted Capaldi, 68, collapsed while shoveling snow in front of his Upper Darby home. Michael GOlane, of Drexel Hid, died while using snow blower. "This is certainly a cold snap rivals any in the city's history," Dr. Tom Storey, Philadelphia's deputy director of ambulatory medical services. Storey said people who go outside in the subzero temperatures should cover all skin to avoid frostbite. Hands, feet, ear lobes, the and cheeks are most susceptible frostbite because they are the furthest from the body's core temperature, Storey said. Police reported dozens of minor accidents and disabled vehicles, but said many roads were Police said the roads would ice again when the temperatures dropped Wednesday night, however. "The salt is only good for 20 degrees," said Sgt Jerry Harman Harman of the state police barracks Milton.