Freezing Rain Causes Icy Road Conditions Across Area

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – The freezing rain mix that fell late Monday night into the overnight hours has made for an icy morning commute across the Pittsburgh area.

While the main roads are mostly just wet this morning, many side streets, sidewalks and walkways are slick with a layer of ice.

The storm has prompted plenty of school delays mixed with spotty closures in a wide swath stretching from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg to even Philadelphia. Commuters heading out early have found their cars and driveways covered in a coating of ice.

KDKA’s Heather Abraham reports:

Salt trucks hit the local roadways in full force overnight, trying to stay on top of the conditions. Out in Westmoreland County, PennDOT crews headed out Monday evening, putting down a salt solution even before the freezing rain started to fall.

“Rather have snow; it’s a lot easier to work with,” said Dave Forkey, of PennDOT in Westmoreland County. “We had a storm last year, it was a flash freeze and it just was a mess; we had accidents all over the place.”

Conditions were extremely treacherous on Fallowfield Avenue in Beechview this morning. There were a number of accidents there as vehicles lost control, sliding down the roadway.

Watch the raw video:

The slick conditions also prompted some road closures overnight.

KDKA’s Ross Guidotti reports:

Officials closed Crane Avenue in Banksville around 12:30 a.m. after several accidents overnight. The road has since reopened.

Also, in Harmar Township, Route 28 was shut down overnight between the Harmar exit and RIDC Drive. Several minor accidents were causing major slow downs there. Crews salted the street, cleared the road and it reopened around 1 a.m.

Temperatures were forecast to rise through Tuesday with showers persisting.

However, anyone heading out is being urged use extra caution and to take it slow, even while just walking outside.

  • Jacqueline

    My sister lost control on 136 and thru a wire fence and over a hillside in someones yard. She is okay but not the car. Be careful

  • Candace

    My sons and I were walking to the bus stop on the sidewalk and hit an icy patch that wasn’t very obvious and we all fell. I agree with Jacqueline be careful out.

  • Jenn


    • jerry

      Didn’t the weather forecast call for icy roads? I believe so.

  • Me

    I know someone involved in the accident on fallowfield, it’s chilling to watch this!

  • Shawn

    I live on Fallowfield where that accident happened, and this is nothing new. They rarely salt, and they rarely plow there. Hopefully this opens up some eyes that the cities “improved” salting and plowing methods are still lacking.

  • Jenn

    You are exactly right! The city can spend money on all other things that are not even as important as this — SALT FALLOWFIELD REGULARLY!!!

  • Sparkle

    I live on Fallowfield too and shawn is right, they never plow or salt here in a timely manner. I’m surprised no one was severely injured or killed in these accidents today. Watching that video over and over again, it amazes me how more cars just kept sliding down the street. Whether people are from here or not, you know it’s icy, that end of Fallowfield Ave. is really steep, why would you even try to attempt it??? And with kids in your car too? That’s a shame.

  • Chris

    I live just around the corner from those cars accidents. Just last year I almost was a victim on that same strip. That street is very dangerous all together even on a dry day let lone on a snowy or icy condition. The funny thing about that is it’s a two way street and there are many streets up here just like that one if not worst that you haven’t seen. if I didn’t live up here i wouldn’t come no where near this area!

  • Deb

    I grew up on that block of Fallowfiled. My Dad still lives there and called me to tell me what happened this morning. I was not surprised in the least! We’ve seen this too many times! Instead of staying on the main road, Broadway, many people take that block of Fallowfield to avoid a light. Come on use your brain, if there is an ice storm, why in the world would you try to go down such a steep hill?? Granted I agree with the “salt the road” comments. But even so, think before you do!!!

  • Real dude

    Where’s Joan and her FANTASTIC ROAD CREWS?!!!!!?? Hey Joan, are you laughing at these people, while touting the efficacy of your wonderful and competent road crews? They’re so great, they couldn’t even throw down some salt or cinders so these people didn’t wreck theirs and everyone else’s vehicles and property. Joan? Hey Joan!! Where are you now???!

  • Neff

    I agree with Jarrod – I used to live round ehr and it gets real slippy n at

    Instead of having the current and past residents of Fallowfield, as well as those within a five-block radius comment, take it up with local officials and not

  • Bob

    I lived one street down on Dagmar for 25 years. My solution, was to move out of the city. Nothing ever changes.

  • Sparkle

    Some of us have, but nothing’s been done….They tell us nothing can be done. This has been a problem for years. maybe now something will be done. We can only hope.

  • Buddy

    Why doesn’t the city block off Fallowfield Avenue in Beechview when here is going to be an ice storm if they don’t plan on salting it early morning? I’m sure the city can afford to put temporary wooden horses to try to prevent vehicles from traveling down Fallowfield like they do on Rialto Strret going from Troy Hill to Route 28. Fallowfield is steep and has a history of accidents when the roads are bad. I know because I have witnessed several of them.

  • Mark

    Typical winter in Beechveiw. Do you hear me mister mayor.

  • Frank

    I have 4 wheel drive….I can go any where….even the Beechview streets

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