Early spring snow blankets Valley
Monday's spring snow caused numerous accidents across the Alle-Kiski Valley, including a serious one in Fawn Township
A car skidded off Burtner Road in Fawn about 10 a.m. and into a culvert. The car stopped in a small unnamed stream, trapping Resha Riggle, 27, and her 7-year-old son, both of Bachman Road, police said.
Fawn Police Chief Tim Mayberry said the car sustained significant damage and the two were taken to an area hospital. Their conditions weren't available Monday.
Mayberry said the crash is under investigation.
Other accidents kept police, EMS units and tow trucks busy.
About 7 a.m., a two-vehicle accident on Route 66 in Washington Township had traffic backed up in both directions. Roads in northwestern Westmoreland municipalities were snow- and slush-covered early Monday.
Just after 8 a.m., a car and a coal truck hit each other on a side road leading to Route 422 near Elderton. One injury was reported.
A dispatcher said a PennDOT pickup and a vehicle collided on Crawford Run Road near Butler Logan Road about 7:30 a.m., but no injuries were reported.
Similar accidents were reported on Route 28 northbound near the Pittsburgh Mills exit and Route 28 southbound near the Highland Park Bridge.
The Kiski Area, Leechburg Area, Apollo-Ridge and Armstrong County school district cancelled classes for the day but most other area districts had 2-hour delays.
Allegheny Valley Hospital was treating some people involved in accidents but there were no reports of heart attacks triggered by shoveling the heavy, wet snow.
The National Weather Service canceled its winter storm warning about 5 a.m. A winter weather advisory remained in effect until 2 p.m. Monday for Allegheny, Armstrong and Westmoreland counties.
Forecasters expect cold weather to last through the week. Daytime highs won't reach the 40s until the weekend but on Sunday could hit the mid-50s, a typical high for the last week of March, said meteorologist John Darnley of the National Weather Service in Moon.
The 4.1 inches of snow that fell Monday was the most for the date in Pittsburgh, although the storm that started Sunday night dropped a total of 4.3 inches. One inch of snow fell on March 25, 1947, the previous record.
Four inches of snow fell at the Allegheny River Lock and Dam at Natrona, the Army Corps of Engineers said. Pittsburgh received 3 inches. Stahlstown, on Laurel Ridge in eastern Westmoreland County, received about 1 foot.
Last year during the second two weeks of March, the thermometer rose into the 80s on three days and above 70 degrees on 11 days, records show.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or email@example.com. Staff writer Rick Wills contributed.
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