CRANBERRY TWP — A stubborn band of snow caused havoc for commuters in the southern half of the township during today’s morning rush, while those coming to work from the north saw bright sun and dry roads.
Multiple crashes and icy roads kept emergency services workers busy this morning from Rowan Road south, and many implored the 911 dispatch center to send salt trucks to the area immediately to melt the slippery surface. A few roads were closed because they were impassable.
Lee Hendricks, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, said a disturbance over the Great Lakes caused scattered bands of snow showers across the area this morning.
One band stagnated over the Cranberry area.
Hendricks said the icy road conditions were the result of snow melting on the roads and freezing as the band dumped snow.
Amy Marree, homeland security planner at the county 911 center, said seven to 10 accidents were reported in the Cranberry area during rush hour this morning. She said only minor injuries were reported.
She said state police helped township officers respond to the many accidents, which occurred on Interstate 79, Route 19, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and township roads.
Marree said as of 9:15 a.m., officers and crews from the township and state were mainly engaged in clean up activities from the snow.