Snow Makes For Frowns On Northeast Roads

Dec 12, 2016



Snowy weather gave way to ice and rain overnight Sunday in the Pittsburgh area, complicating commutes for Monday morning drivers.
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Snow and freezing rain made for messy commutes and closed hundreds of schools Monday as a snowstorm pushed into the Northeast.

The storm left nearly a foot of snow on the ground in some spots in the Great Lakes and upper Midwest before dumping up to about a half-foot across New York and northern New England. Boston, New York City and Philadelphia were spared.

Speeds were reduced on snow-packed roads and there were many school delays and closures from Michigan to Maine.

The wintry weather affected various parts of Pennsylvania, with the northeastern part of the state bearing the brunt of a system that produced rain farther south, but icy and snowy conditions to the north.

A multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 81 near Moosic was one of the more serious incidents. The extent of injuries or number of vehicles involved wasn't clear.

PennDOT dropped the speed limit on Interstates 80, 81, 84 and 380 in the region to 45 mph, but lifted the restriction by 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The 45 mph limit remained on stretches of Interstates 99 and 80 in west-central Pennsylvania.

Snowy weather gave way to ice and then rain overnight in the Pittsburgh area. But along the I-80 corridor and north, now and ice was complicating matters for Monday morning commuters.

Temperatures 15 to 30 degrees below average will follow the cold rain and snow in the coming days through much of the Midwest and East.