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W.Pa. gets dusting of good fortune compared to neighbors

| Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011

The Pittsburgh area has been spared the major problems faced by so many other Northeastern cities.

At least a tenth of an inch of snow has fallen at Pittsburgh International Airport on 41 days since Dec. 1, according to National Weather Service records, but residents have not had to dig out from any major blizzards so far. The heaviest snowfall was Jan. 20, when 5.1 inches fell at the airport. Since Dec. 1, 37.4 inches of snow has fallen at the airport.

"The number of patients and types of injuries we've seen are pretty standard for our winter, nothing out of the ordinary," said Dr. Fred Harchelroad, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in the North Side.

"Every time we have snow and ice, people slip and fall, breaking arms, legs, hips, wrists and ankles."

The paucity of heavy, wet, snows has made it easier for those responsible for shoveling driveways and sidewalks.

"We're not getting the blizzards like they've had in Chicago and New York, so we've not seen a lot of people coming in for heart attacks," Harchelroad said.

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