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Article published March 5, 2013
Snow forces cancellation of schools
Five to eight inches of heavy, wet snow blanketed the area overnight, forcing the cancellation of Mars and Seneca Valley schools Wednesday. Most of the major roads appeared to be clear, but secondary roads remained snow-covered Wednesday morning. Seneca Valley will make up its snow day Monday, according the district website. Mars will make up its snow day at the end of the school year, pushing its last day back to May 31. The Butler County Communications Center reported only scattered fender-benders and one-vehicle runoffs. Nothing serious, dispatchers said. A tractor-trailer jackknifed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike eastbound between the Warrendale Toll Plaza and Route 8, state police said. Unofficially, Buffalo Township in the southeastern part of the county may have hit the high mark at 13 inches. Sarver got socked with 9 inches, Zelienople with 6 inches. In Butler, accumulation was about 5 inches. But elsewhere, primarily north of Route 422, motorists were wondering what all the fuss was about. “Bruin got nothing,” said Bob Skrak, PennDOT's maintenance manager in Butler County. “The dividing line was the Route 422 corridor. Down south they got it pretty good.” Some areas to the north barely were touched by the white stuff. North Washington got a dusting, while Foxburg, in western Clarion County near Parker, reported no snow at all.