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Morning snow causes school delays, slick roads

February 22, 2021 News Extra

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So far, Phil the groundhog looks on the mark.

A band of heavy snow struck Butler County not long ago, affecting the morning commute and causing some white-knuckle driving.

Most county school districts are on two-hour delays, including Butler, Butler County Vo-Tech School, Freeport, Slippery Rock and South Butler. At, Moniteau, the district has moved to remote instruction.

The slick roads are also causing vehicle accidents, apparently mostly of the slide-off and fender-bender variety, according to a state police dispatcher at the Butler barracks.

“We've had a bunch all over the place,” the dispatcher said at 7:25 a.m. Since 7 a.m, they counted eight accidents. It was unknown if there were any injuries.

The county's 911 center reported only one vehicle accident, which happened about 5:55 a.m. on Saxonburg Boulevard in Clinton Township. No injuries were reported.

Just after 6 a.m., the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh issued a special weather statement reporting that an area of heavy snow was located along a line extending from near Shanor-Northvue to 9 miles southwest of Woodsfield, moving east northeast at 20 mph.

Shanor-Northvue comprises the central and southcentral portions of Center Township in Butler County and Woodside is in Wood County, Ohio.

“A quick inch of accumulation and reduced visibilities may be possible, which could impact morning commute,” the statement said.

The “heavier band” of precipitation that was part of the system, said Jason Frazier, a meteorologist for the weather service, dumped a “little extra” snow than was initially forecast.

“That system will be moving out of the area within an hour or so,” he said at 7 a.m.

Warmer air will be moving northward for the rest of the day and precipitation will likely be a rain/snow mix, Frazier said. That trend will continue for the next couple days with temperatures in the county rising into the 40s on Wednesday.

“And the southern portion of Butler County could possibly see temperatures in the 50s (Wednesday),” Frazier said.

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Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Grew up in upstate New York. Earned my Journalism degree in 1983 from the University of Texas at Austin. Worked for two newspapers in Fayette County (Pa.) before starting at the Butler Eagle in 1998.