Crashes reported as ice and snow coat roads
A sloppy mix of snow, rain and ice caused numerous crashes and shut down several roads Sunday night and Monday morning.
Mt. Pleasant Road in Hempfield Township was closed because of two early morning crashes, according to Westmoreland County 911. A vehicle crashed into a utility pole knocking down power lines around 5 a.m., then two cars collided nearby about an hour later.
No injuries were reported.
Pittsburgh’s online plow tracker is up and running for the first time this winter, though not all plow trucks are in the system.
An average of 2-3 inches of snow fell across the region, according to the National Weather Service in Moon Township.
The snow stopped early Monday morning as temperatures warmed and the precipitation turned to a wintry mix.
It is expected to turn to rain across the region by the end of the morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Allegheny County reported the following incidents on Twitter:
- A vehicle rolled over on I-79 northbound near the Wexford exit around midnight.
- A vehicle rolled over in the 4100 block of Route 908 in Fawn.
- South Negley Avenue was closed between Fair Oaks Street and Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh because of icy conditions.
- A vehicle rollover was reported on Glenbury Street at Transport Street near Route 51 in the South Hills.
- There was a two-vehicle crash reported along Gibsonia Road at QSI Lane in West Deer.
- The Rachel Carson (Ninth Street) Bridge was closed between Duquesne Boulevard and Anderson Street due to ice. It reopened shortly after 8 p.m.
- Suffolk Street was closed between Hazelton and East streets due to ice in Pittsburgh’s Perry South neighborhood.
- A vehicle crashed into a utility pole in Brentwood. The incident occurred in the 3100 block of Willett Road. Wires were down and the utility company was notified.
The National Weather Service issued a special weather alert at 6:40 p.m. Sunday for Allegheny, Westmoreland, Beaver and Washington counties, among others.
Motorists should pay special attention to Interstates 70, 79 and 376 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, according to the alert.
WPXI reported that many area schools are delaying the start of classes. See the list.
Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121 x1512, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .