Snow showers wrapping up

March 2, 2014
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Phil Yagnich of Washington shovels the sidewalk outside Lombardi’s Auto Body on Highland Avenue in Washington early Sunday afternoon. Order a Print
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Traffic was light at noon Sunday at the intersection of West Chestnut and North Franklin streets in Washington. Order a Print

When residents of Washington and Greene counties wake up this morning, chances are good the snow showers that made driving treacherous Sunday have moved out and the skies should clear by this afternoon.

Some drivers were not so lucky Sunday as numerous crashes were reported on area roads. Snow started moving through the Washington area about 9 a.m. Sunday.

By early afternoon, the National Weather Service had received reports of just over two inches of snow in both Charleroi and Carroll Township. At the NWS headquarter’s in Moon Township, 2.2 inches of snow was on the ground while three inches reportedly fell in Beaver County. No reports were made to the weather center from Greene County.

In the city of Washington, police Lt. Robert Lemons said residents were better off staying inside Sunday. Both the main and side streets were snow-covered. On West Chestnut Street, drivers were having difficulty stopping as they came down the hill from the West End toward Jefferson Avenue.

“I don’t think PennDOT and city crews could keep up,” Lemons said. “They were doing the best they could, but as soon as a plow went through, the roads were covered again. It was a good day just to stay home.”

City police have responded to several crashes.

State police Cpl. Tim Selden reports several crashes, some with minor injuries, on the interstates. By noon, troopers had responded to seven crashes. Trooper Chad Weaver said one driver was injured when his vehicle crashed into another that had spun out near the Southpointe exit of Interstate 79 in Cecil Township.

“People are not staying off the roads or slowing down,” Selden said. “PennDOT has been out, but it was hard for them to keep up.”

Interstate 70 near Dunningsville was closed for a crash Sunday afternoon.

State police at the Waynesburg station responded to several crashes including one Sunday afternoon on Interstate 79 north of the Kirby exit. Roads were not in good shape, but a trooper who answered the telephone said PennDOT was working hard to clear them.

In Canonsburg, police were not dealing with crashes but rather disabled drivers unable to traverse the hills in the borough.

“Our borough crew has been out since 9:30 a.m., and they are still out,” police Sgt. Don Cross said at 4 p.m. Sunday. “They are plowing and putting down product. The hills just make it difficult.”

Tom Green, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said Sunday that there is a slight chance of snow about 7 a.m. today but after that, the skies may clear.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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