Latest Blast Of Winter Weather Made For Tricky Morning Commute
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The latest round of winter weather arrived in our area around midnight and impactedthe Wednesday morning commute.
Roads around the area quickly became snow-covered and slippery as crews worked to battle the storm.
Counties to the south were expected to get the worst of the storm, but that may not be the case in the end.
There were reports of accidents around the area, including one in Carroll Township where a pickup truck hit a slick spot and ended up on its side.
“This accident’s more likely the fact that there was still snow residue on the roadway. Passing two vehicles, he moved to the right, got himself into the soft berm, lost control and rolled it over,” Carroll Township Police Chief Paul Brand said.
The driver was not injured.
In Washington County, PennDOT put down salt and anti-skid material in anticipation of the heavier snow and it appears to have paid off.
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As of 6 a.m., the main roads were clear for the most part while the secondary roads were still snow-covered.
If you have to be out on the road, be sure to take your time.
“Please use caution. If you don’t have to be out, stay home. If you do have to go out, use caution, let us do our job to clear the snow off the roadway. Use common sense when you’re driving with the reduced speeds with the snow and the travel, so just watch out for us as we’re watching out for you folks traveling,” Dale Baird from PennDOT said.
The wind has started to pick up around the area, which also brings along the dangers of snow drifts covering roadways.
As of 6 a.m., about 4.5 inches of snow had accumulated at Pittsburgh International Airport, but a general 4 to 6 inches had fallen around the area.
In the City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pubic Works crews were out in full force to clear the secondary roads.
However, despite the best efforts of road crews around the area, there have been several accidents.
On Route 28 near the Pittsburgh Mills Mall, several cars were off to the side of the road stuck in the snow. There have been other reports of cars being stuck along the Pennsylvania Turnpike as well.
One driver had to be rescued after their SUV slid into a lake in Elizabeth Township.
According to police, the incident happened around 1 a.m. near Butler’s Golf Course on Rock Run Road.
There is no word on the driver’s condition at this time.
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