Spring snow snarls traffic, causes accidents in Armstrong County
A spring storm brought heavy, wet snow to the area overnight Sunday into Monday, slowing morning traffic, weighing down trees and wires and causing vehicle accidents.
Joe Claypoole of Kittanning got up early to shovel snow. “I didn't see much snow at 5 a.m.,” he said.
But three hours later when he got to Market Street, the sidewalks were covered with several inches to clear away.
“Let's hope with this snow — it's the last we see,” Claypoole said.
According to state police in East Franklin, the vehicle accidents were mostly minor and likely due to motorists driving too fast for road conditions.
Ken Campbell, PennDOT's assistant county maintenance manager, said full crews had been out treating roads with a salt and anti-skid solution since midnight.
By late morning as conditions improved on the main routes and highways, crews were able to turn their attention to secondary roads.
He said extra salt was ordered last week when the storm was first predicted.
Fortunately, the news gave people advanced warning and kept traffic to a minimum, Campbell said.
West Penn Power reported at least five customers were temporarily without power in Bethel and also in Bradys Bend.
The spring snow may have caused some people to grumble, but for others it brought an unexpected day off.
The Armstrong School District announced a two-hour delay before finally canceling classes. The day was to be made up Tuesday, which had been scheduled as the first day of spring break.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to rise as the week progresses with weekend temperatures nearing 50 degrees.
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or email@example.com.
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