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Snow, Ice Cause Morning Commute Delays

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) –A wintry mix moved through the area overnight and into the morning, which caused headaches for commuters.

A chilly rain fell around 8 a.m. as the Port Authority was busy working to clear ice from the overhead lines along the T, which completely shut down the blue line and caused heavy delays on the red line.

“I’m waiting it out. Yeah, the roads are too bad,” Lisa Berkey said.

“Not surprised. It was awful getting out of my driveway,” Mike Zoffel said.

Machines powered through the thick ice, but as soon as it was knocked down and a train would move through, a new layer would form and shut the system down again.

“I don’t even know how I’m going to get to work or how long I’m going to be standing here.I guess it’s going to be awhile,” Corrie Pry said.

Normally, when there’s an issue with the T, the Port Authority would bring in shuttle buses. However, because of the road conditions, commuters were left without either option.

Buses were also having difficulties in the weather. As a result, T riders were stranded.

“Hopefully, I can drive to work, but I have to go see if my car will start,” Rachel Jack said. “I’m sure my boss will be understanding. There’s nothing you can do about weather.”

Others like Pry abandoned the blue line altogether and headed for the red line, in hopes of at least eventually getting into town.

All of the lines are operating again, but your trolley may be a few minutes late.

You can also get updates by visiting the Port Authority’s website here.

Drivers were also faced with delays and a slick commute this morning.

As a result of the varying amounts of snow around the area, speed limit restrictions were in place for many of the area’s highways.

A 45 mph speed limit restriction was in effect for Interstates 79, 279, 376 and 579. The same was also in effect for Routes 22 and 28.

In addition to the same speed limit restriction on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a tractor-trailer ban was also in effect. The ban was for empty and double trailers.

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